Legends blow out 66ers
BY DUANE DAPRON World Correspondent
Sunday, January 06, 2013
1/06/13 at 6:29 AM
With a share of first place on the line Saturday night, the Tulsa 66ers had no answers for the visiting Texas Legends.
Texas connected on 54 percent of its field goals for the game, including 61 percent in the second half, on the way to an easy 116-80 victory in NBA D-League action before 2,147 fans at the SpiritBank Event Center.
A victory for Tulsa (8-7) would have pulled the 66ers even with Texas (10-5), which entered the game atop the league's Central Division.
But the Legends blew the game open by outscoring Tulsa 34-14 in the third quarter to take a commanding 34-point lead as Tulsa suffered its fourth consecutive setback and second in as many nights.
"Texas had a great night," Tulsa head coach Darko Rajakovic said of the performance by the Legends, who had six players score in double digits helping Texas lead by as many as 43 points in the final quarter.
But the Tulsa coach reflected on a disturbing trend lately for his team as the 80-point offensive output matched the team's season low, which came just one week ago in an 89-80 setback to Canton.
"These kind of nights (like this game) are happening to us," he said.
Perry Jones, an Oklahoma City Thunder assignee, finished with 25 points on 11 of 20 shooting from the floor and also grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds.
But besides Jones, only Jeremy Lamb - another Thunder assignee - managed to finish in double figures with 12 points.