Bakersfield rolls over 66ers 101-70
BY KEVIN HENRY World Correspondent
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
3/20/13 at 4:30 AM
Rasual Butler and Andy Rautins had set up the perfect pick and roll play for the Tulsa 66ers.
Both Bakersfield defenders swarmed Butler and he fired a perfect bounce pass to Rautins, who looked to have a clear lane to the basket.
Rautins, however, slipped as he went to the basket and the ball scooted harmlessly out of bounds, turning a Tulsa scoring opportunity into another frustrating first-half trip down the court.
It was that kind of night for Tulsa as the 66ers scored a season-low 70 points in a 101-70 defeat at the hands of the Bakersfield Jam on Tuesday night in NBA Development League action inside the SpiritBank Event Center.
On its way to its seventh win in its last eight games and its league-leading 30th victory of the season, the Jam forced 14 first-half turnovers as Tulsa was thoroughly frustrated on offense as Bakersfield outscored the 66ers 25-11 in the second period.
"We missed layups and open shots early and with our young guys, we lost confidence," said Tulsa head coach Darko Rajakovic, who saw his team fall to 1-3 at home against teams from the West Division. "Bakersfield showed tonight why they are one of the best teams in the league."
Tulsa (24-18) started the game slowly, hitting just two of their first 11 shots and giving a sign of the tough offensive night ahead. There would be 10 lead changes in the opening quarter, but Bakersfield (30-12) dominated the second period, piecing together a 15-3 run midway through the quarter to take control of the contest.
Bakersfield would lead 42-26 at intermission, holding the 66ers to their lowest scoring output in the first half this season.
After halftime, Tulsa came out firing, with Butler and Tony Taylor hitting 3-pointers to quickly slice the Bakersfield lead to 42-32. The 66ers however, could get no closer before being forced to call a timeout with 4:28 left in the quarter and trailing 58-40.
Butler would finish as Tulsa's high scorer with 20 points while Tony Taylor added 14 and Hollis Thompson chipped in 12 off the bench.
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Tulsa's Ron Anderson tries to get around Bakersfield's Quincy Acy on Tuesday night. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World