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Explosive First Half Leads Flash To Easy Win Over 66ers

Utah 98, Tulsa 82

TULSA, Okla. Dec. 30, 2008 - Boston Celtics assignee Bill Walker scored 27 points Tuesday night and the Utah Flash capitalized on a hot shooting first half to snap a two game skid with a 98-82 victory over the Tulsa 66ers Tuesday night at Spiritbank Event Center.

Fellow Celtics assignee J.R. Giddens scored 14 points for the Flash, who shot 67.6 percent (25-of-37) from the field as they raced to a 61-36 halftime advantage.

"One of our focuses was having some mental and physical energy to start the game," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "Our guys were really tuned in to our game plan, and we got to play from ahead the whole game."

Walker scored 11 points in the first quarter, including a jumper to cap an 11-0 run that ended the first period and gave Utah a 31-16 lead.

The Flash led by as many as 28 points and the 66ers got no closer than the final margin.

The Flash, who came in eighth in the league in field-goal percentage at 45.4 percent, shot a sizzling 54.7 percent (35-of-64) vs. the 66ers.

"When you come out and run the offense, stay focused, share the basketball, and take care of the basketball, good things will happen," Jones said.

Bennet Davis scored a career-high 10 points and Dontell Jefferson also added 10 for Utah (6-7).

Ryan Humphrey scored 18 points, Keith Clark added 14 and Moses Ehambre 12 for the 66ers (3-11), who shot just 41 percent (30-of-73) in their fourth straight loss.

Utah completed a 2-2 road swing and returns home to face Austin on Friday. Tulsa visits Colorado on Friday.