LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 6 –
Anthony Roberson poured in 31 points in a Friday night NBA D-League game as the Arkansas RimRockers escaped with a win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 123-120, at Alltel Arena.
Wearing their NBA Affiliate uniforms, the game resembled a close fought battle between the Miami Heat (Arkansas) and Detroit Pistons (Sioux Falls), where Arkansas was able to pick up another win at home improving their overall record to 15-33. Sioux Falls (28-19) dropped a pivotal game in their quest for a first-round bye and home-court advantage in the playoffs, falling 2.5 games behind Dakota for the top spot in the Eastern Division.
“I think it was a game that we stuck together down the stretch,” said Roberson. “It’s a game of runs, and we were able to stop their big runs. At the end, we got the ball to the right people and scored when we needed to.”
Roberson hit 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, allowing the RimRockers to squeak by Sioux Falls’ late rally. Elton Nesbitt scored all 12 of his points with under two minutes remaining in the game leading the way for the Skyforce to cut the lead, which had grown to as many as 14 in the period, to one with 5.1 seconds to go.
Clay Tucker nearly recorded a triple-double, tallying 25 points, 12 assists, and a season-high seven steals. Tyrone Sally and James Lang contributed off the bench scoring 15 and 11, respectively.
Stephen Graham led the way for Sioux Falls with 27 points, while Damone Brown had a double-double with 22 and 14 boards. NBA Assignee Amir Johnson scored 21 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.