Santa Cruz Warriors take down Salt Lake City Stars 122-111

SANTA CRUZ, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Damian Jones
SANTA CRUZ, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Damian Jones /

The Santa Cruz Warriors took down the Salt Lake City Stars 122-111 on Wednesday at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

The Santa Cruz Warriors, G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, extended their current win streak to three games following their 122-111 victory over the Salt Lake City Stars on Wednesday at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

The Sea Dubs currently stand as the fourth-best team in the league, holding a regular season record of 4-2. They will finish out this 4-game homestand on Friday when the Long Island Nets come to visit KP Arena. Game tips off at at 7 p.m. PST.

Warriors 2-way contract player Quinn Cook was named the Player of the Game on Wednesday against the Stars, recording a double-double with 30 points and 13 assists in 37 minutes. He also added four rebounds and one block on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.

Georges Niang has also continually proven to be a reliable source of production for Santa Cruz, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one block in 30 minutes against Salt Lake City. He shot 11-of-14 from the field, 1-of-2 from the 3-point line and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.

Cleanthony Early posted a team-high +20 on the night, dropping in 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes. He went 7-of-8 from the field, 1-of-1 from behind the arc and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Impressive shooting night for the NBA veteran.

Damian Jones also tallied 18 points on the night, adding in seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes. Jones had a great shooting night, as well, going 8-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from the 3-point line and 1-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Jones proved to be a solid complement to Cook’s game on Wednesday, throwing down a number of lobs from the Warriors point guard. Their developing chemistry with each other will surely be something to keep an eye on moving forward through the season.

Another thing I want to highlight is Cook’s scoring ability, which I find to be incredibly versatile. I have a huge respect for guards who effectively take advantage of the free throw line, and Cook has attempted 36 free throws over the last six games (avg. six free throws per game) on 91.7 percent shooting.

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By comparison, only 15 players in the NBA attempts six or more free throws per game. With the exception of John Wall, Dwight Howard and Russell Westbrook, all of them have proven to be rather efficient from the charity stripe, shooting at or above 75.0 percent.