SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Apr. 11 – The Tulsa 66ers defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 111-101 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Sunday night in Game 3 of the best-of-three series. Tulsa will now face the top-seeded Iowa Energy in the second round of the 2010 NBA Development League Playoffs.
Both teams traded baskets in the early going and Sioux Falls led 21-16 with 2:29 in the opening quarter. Tulsa head coach Nate Tibbetts, who was feeling under the weather, joined the team on the bench during the mandatory timeout and his team responded with a 13-5 spurt to take a 29-26 lead after one quarter.
The lead ballooned to 16 points (42-26) before Chris McCray ended the drought with a lay-up with 5:55 remaining in the second quarter. Tulsa led by as many as 20 points before settling for a 58-43 halftime lead.
Sioux Falls would not go down without a fight and cut the deficit to eight points (78-70) with 1:21 to go in the third quarter. Tulsa had an answer for every Sioux Falls bucket in the final quarter and held on to hand the Skyforce their first home loss since Feb. 6.
Thunder assignee Kyle Weaver had a solid all-around game with 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Fellow Thunder assignee Mustafa Shakur contributed 23 points on 7-of-11 field goals while Larry Owens added 21 points.
Kirk Penney posted a game-high 36 points to go along with seven rebounds. McCray added 22 points including a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe. Greg Stiemsma posted his second straight double-double with 10 points and 15 boards.