14ers Shoot Down Tulsa
DENVER - March 18, 2009 - The Colorado 14ers tied a D-League season high with 16 three point field goals in a 116-103 win over the Tulsa 66ers at the Broomfield Event Center Wednesday night. After starting just 1-13 from the field in the first 6:30 of the game, Colorado heated up to connect on 37-69 shots the rest of the way and improve to 27-12 on the year with the win.
Tulsa stormed out of the gates with the first 13 points of the game, and had a 16 point lead before the 14ers converted their second field goal of the night. Colorado made a call to its bench, and the 14ers responded with consecutive three pointers from John Lucas, Josh Davis, and Billy Thomas to get the offense on track. Before the half was over, Lucas would connect on four of five three's leading Colorado to a 58-56 lead at the break.
"He's a tremendous shooter and he understands how to get open," said 14ers head coach Bob MacKinnon. "A lot of guys don't understand spacing in the game of basketball, and because he does he gets open shots."
The 5-7 three point performance from Lucas led Colorado's 16-31 barrage from behind the arc on the night. Dominique Coleman also went 4-6 and Josh Davis 4-7 from long range. Davis finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Lucas had 17 points off the bench. Colorado was led by Eddie Gill's thirteenth double-double of the year with 22 points and 11 assists in the win.
Gary Forbes led the way for Tulsa with 21 points and six assists in the loss. D.J. White added 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in his professional debut after being assigned to the 66ers by the Oklahoma City Thunder this morning.
The 14ers have two days off before hosting the Dakota Wizards in Broomfield on Saturday. Tulsa returns home to take on Los Angeles on Saturday.
For more information on the 14ers schedule and team, log on to www.14ershoops.com. Tickets for all 14ers home games at the Broomfield Event Center are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, 303-830-TIXS, and at www.ticketmaster.com.
About the NBA Development League: The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams for the 2008-09 season. An expansion team will begin play in Portland, Maine for the 2009-10 season. Sixty former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA start-of-season rosters, and the league continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.
About the Broomfield Event Center: Located on the south side of U.S. Highway 36, between 112th and 120th Streets, the Broomfield Event Center is a state of the art 180,000 square foot multi-purpose event center with 6,000 seats, including 25 suites, 900 club seats, a sit-down restaurant, two themed bars and a separate basketball practice facility. The Broomfield Event Center is set to host concerts, trade shows, rodeos and sporting events. It is the home of the Rocky Mountain Rage Professional Hockey Club (Central Hockey League) and the Colorado 14ers Professional Basketball Club (NBA Development League, Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets affiliate team).
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