(Bakersfield, Calif., Jan. 30, 2008) – It was the Morris Almond show on Wednesday night in Bakersfield as the Utah Flash defeated the Bakersfield Jam, 102-87 at Rabobank Arena. Almond set an NBA Development League record with 53 points, breaking his own record he tied earlier in the year of 51.
Almond, on assignment from the Utah Jazz, scored 16 points on 6-10 shooting in the first quarter which ended with the score tied at 24. Utah broke open the game in the second period, outscoring Bakersfield 34-19 to take a 15-point halftime lead. After Utah extended the lead to 17 at the 5:28 mark in the third period, the Jam scored 14 straight points to close the gap to 72-69 before Utah pulled away for the win.
Almond, the Development League’s leading scorer, averaging 25.6 points per game, finished shooting 19-34 from the field, including 3-7 from behind the arc, and 12-14 from the line. Point guard Kevin Kruger dished out 10 assists and Brian Jackson had 14 rebounds for the Flash. For the game, Utah had a 42-30 rebounding edge and outscored the Jam 50-32 in the paint.
Andre Barrett, the Development League’s second leading assist leader at 9.2, recorded another double-double, finishing with 22 points and 12 assists to lead Bakersfield. Michael Cuffee added 17 points and James Peters chipped in with 10, his 22nd consecutive game in double figures.
The Jam head to Boise to face the division-leading Stampede on Friday before returning back home on Saturday to face the Dakota Wizards. Game time is 7 p.m. and great seats are still available by visiting bakersfieldjam.com or the Rabobank Arena Box Office.
The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives like the live web-streaming of all games available free to fans at d-league.com. The League also provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.