STOCKTON – For Stockton Kings fans who didn’t see forward Troy Williams win the 2017 G-League Slam Dunk Contest, the former Indiana star reminded those in attendance at Sunday’s victory over the Austin Spurs just how emphatic his dunks can be.

Williams came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points and lead the G-Kings to a 116-109 win that was in doubt until the final seconds. With the G-Kings (14-9) leading the Spurs (12-14) by just two points and 15 seconds remaining, a crowd of 2,383 watched Williams break to the basket on an inbounds play after a time out.

As G-Kings teammate Cody Demps spotted Williams making his move, the Spurs’ Nick Johnson fouled him as he slammed home the basket. That sent the crowd into a frenzy, and Williams converted the free throw to help Stockton win its fourth consecutive game at Stockton Arena.

“The way the defender was guarding me I had an open lane to the rim,” Williams said. “When Cody ball-faked to K-Luke (Kalin Lucas) to the back, my man was still behind me so I was able to cut to the rim and get the bucket. It was a great feeling.”

“(Williams) saw how he was being guarded and he made a pro play,” G-Kings coach Ty Ellis said. “He made me look good; that was all him.”

Exactly midway through the season now, the Stockton Kings are currently fifth out of 13 teams in the Western Conference standings. Lucas added 23 points and eight assists for the G-Kings, while teammate Daniel Ochefu had 12 points, three blocks, five assists and five rebounds.

The G-Kings led from start to finish, extending their 52-45 halftime lead to a game-best 14-point advantage with three minutes left in the third quarter. Williams scored 11 consecutive G-Kings points, capped by three free throws, for that 81-67 lead.

Ellis said Williams, a two-way player, has been exemplary in his 10 games with Stockton.

“I admire his professionalism,” Ellis said. “He has accepted that role of coming off the bench because that’s what’s best for the team. He comes in and brings energy and athleticism. He caught fire early today that really helped us out.”

Williams was 4-for-5 from 3-point range, helping the G-Kings finish 12-for-30 from beyond the arc.

“The way I’m shooting the ball this year is not as good as I’ve shot in past years and playing in general,” Williams said. “It’s a sigh of relief that I still got it. At the end of the day I’m averaging the same number of minutes as a starter would. I’m still getting treated as if I was starter, and I just want to come out and contribute to the team and help out in any way.”

Lonnie Walker IV led Austin with 20 points but was shut down as his teammates clawed back into the game. The Spurs’ 8-2 run brought them to within 111-109 with 16 seconds left and called time out. That set up the inbounds play for Williams’ third dramatic dunk of the game.

“As a coach you kind of focus on the negatives things we can improve on but overall I’m very, very happy,” Ellis said. “I’m very thankful for the fans.

“We made a promise a few weeks ago,” he added. “If we want people to come out and support us, we have to start winning at home. I want to give the guys credit because that’s exactly what we’ve been doing – they’ve been focused on protecting home court. I want to encourage the fans and thank the fans who continue to support.”