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Big Second Quarter Keys T-Birds to Win

March 19, 2011 - NBA G League (G League) - New Mexico Thunderbirds News Release

Rio Rancho, NM - The New Mexico Thunderbirds (17-27) used a big second quarter in which they outscored the Tulsa 66ers (30-15) by 20 points to key a 99-86 victory.

The Tulsa 66ers jumped out to an early 7-0 in the first quarter, keyed by a couple of early 3-pointers from Larry Owens. It took the T-Birds nearly three minutes to score their first points of the game. The T-Birds got within one point a couple of different times in the quarter, but then as time expired in the first quarter Matt Bouldin hit a 3-pointer and was fouled for a four point play that gave the 66ers a 23-18 lead.

The T-Birds used a big second quarter in which they outscored the 66ers 29-9 to take a 15 point half time lead. With 5:36 to go in the second quarter, Tulsa led 30-28. The Thunderbirds then closed the half on a 19-2 run to take a 47-32 lead. Dar Tucker led all scorers with 10 points in the half including two late 3-pointers during the T-Birds run.

In the third quarter, the 66ers were able to cut the T-Birds lead to 13 with on a Ryan Reid layup with 6:37 to go in the quarter. The Thunderbirds then finished the quarter on a 17-8 run capped by a J.R. Giddens tip in with one second to go in the quarter to give them their largest lead of the game 76-54. The T-Birds would hold off a late run by the 66ers in the fourth quarter and go on to win by 0 points.

For the second straight night Dar Tucker led a balanced T-Birds scoring attack with 26 points. Four other T-Birds also scored double digit points.

The T-Birds will continue their six-game homestand on Tuesday when they take on the Bakersfield Jam at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday will be Darvin Ham Look Alike Night, where all fans dressed like the T-Birds head coach, Darvin Ham will get in free. The first 500 fans will also get a Thunderbirds Temporary Tattoo giveaway.

Thunderbirds' single game tickets are currently on sale at or by calling 505-265-3865. The Thunderbirds also offer family four packs: 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 nachos, and 4 drinks for $44.

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