TULSA CRUISES INTO PLAYOFFS WITH 118-84 VICTORY OVER DAKOTA
The 66ers, who led coast-to-coast, led by as many as 36 in the contest. The 34-point win marked the largest margin of victory for Tulsa this season and the second-largest ever at home.
Also with the victory, Tulsa secured the fourth overall seed in the 2011 D-League playoffs that begin next week. The 66ers, who have earned home court advantage in the opening round, will learn their first round opponent on Sunday.
Additionally, the 33 overall wins mark a 66ers record for victories in a season. Tulsa heads to the postseason for the second consecutive campaign.
"I think our guys take pride in coming to work every day, Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. I think the Thunder does a great job in what they do here every day and they have really given us all the resources to be successful. We have great guys that want to improve and that really helps."
Also leading Tulsa Saturday was forward Ryan Reid who posted his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards. Also scoring in double figures was Brandon Brooks with a career-high 17, Robert Vaden with 14 and Larry Owens with 10.
On the offensive end, Tulsa tallied 26 assists, led by a team-high six dishes from Larry Owens. The 66ers shot 43-79 (.544) from the floor to improve to 17-2 this season when shooting 50 percent or better as a team.
"I think it is really important for the team's success when the ball moves like that, Tibbetts said. It also helps when the basketball is going in the hoop. We haven't shot the ball well the last couple of weeks, but the last two nights we've made more shots and that gives you a little more energy on the defensive end."
Defensively, the 66ers held the Wizards to 29-88 (.330) shooting on the night and forced 16 turnovers, including 11 steals. Millsap led the Tulsa charge with five thefts.
Leading Dakota was Mike Anderson with 20 points, while reserve Brandon Johnson tallied a double-double with 14 points and game-high13 boards.
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