RENO, Nev.—With a chance to make-up ground in the race for the final NBA D-League playoff spot, the Reno Bighorns responded with a 101-87 victory over the Utah Flash Friday night in the Reno Events Center.
Six Bighorns finished in double figures Friday, as Reno (20-20) used a workman-like effort to collect the win in the first of back-to-back games against the Flash (21-19). With playoff implications on the line, the Bighorns battled back from a three-point first-quarter deficit to cruise to the 14-point victory.
Mo Charlo led Reno with 19 points on the strength of 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Charlo kicked-in five boards and five assists for the Bighorns. Rod Benson and Desmon Farmer chipped-in 15 points apiece, while Richie Frahm hit three three-pointers en route to 13 points off the bench.
After the lead swung back-and-forth in the first quarter, Reno outscored Utah by seven points in the second quarter and never turned back. Utah won the rebounding battle, but the Bighorns turned 27 Utah turnovers into 28 points.
Kosta Koufos, on assignment from the Utah Jazz, recorded a double-double with a game-high 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Orien Greene finished with 18 points, and Kevin Kruger knocked down four of his seven three-point tries en route to 14 points.
With just one game separating the two teams in the standings and a playoff berth looming in the season’s final month, Reno and Utah will hook-up again on Saturday night. Tip-time is set for 7 p.m. in the Reno Events Center. Tickets are on-sale now at www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.