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Late Rally Lifts Flash Over Arsenal For Third Straight Win
Utah 101, Anaheim 98
ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 21, 2008 - Boston Celtics assignee Bill Walker scored seven of his 14 points in the pivotal fourth quarter Sunday night as the Utah Flash rallied for a 101-98 victory over the Anaheim Arsenal at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Fellow Celtics assignee J.R. Giddens had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Brian Jackson and Dontell Jefferson each scored 13 points for the Flash, who erased a 19-point second-half deficit for their third consecutive victory.
"On the road you have to find a way to hang in there." said Flash coach Brad Jones, whose team snapped a three-game road losing streak. "To our guys credit, we just hung in there and finally, their (Anaheim) shooting percentage started to come down and we started to make some shots."
The Flash closed the contest with a 19-8 run. Walker's free throw with 23 seconds left gave Utah a 99-98 advantage, its first lead of the game.
Walker added two more foul shots with 12 seconds left. The Arsenal had a chance to tie, but Tierre Brown was unable to connect from beyond the arc at the buzzer.
Utah (5-5) knocked down 32-of-37 free throws, including 12-of-16 in the fourth period.
"Sometimes on the road it’s easy to settle for jumpers, but we didn’t do that tonight," Jones said. "We had some energy about us and late in the game we went to the basket and put some pressure on the defense and on the referees."
James White scored 28 points, Brown added 21 and Cedric Bozeman 16 for the Arsenal (3-8).
Utah visits the Colorado 14ers in the second game of a four-game road swing. Anaheim hosts the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on Saturday.