ANAHEIM, Calif. Steven Smith and Kedrick Brown combined for 48 points to lead the Anaheim Arsenal to a 99-91 NBA Development League victory over the Utah Flash Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The loss evened the Flash record at 3-3 coming into a six-game homestand beginning Friday when the Los Angeles D-Fenders visit the McKay Events Center in Orem. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. for the D-League Western Division matchup. Anaheim snapped a two-game losing skid, improving to 2-5 heading to Bakersfield on Saturday.
Smith finished with a game-high 28 points, including three three-pointers, and Brown followed with 20. Marquis Webb contributed 12 and Guillermo Diaz 11 for Anaheim.
James Lang scored 23 points and collected eight rebounds to lead the Flash before fouling out with 1:20 left in the game. Gabe Pruitt, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, followed with 21. Brian Hamilton chipped 11 and Brian Jackson 10 for Utah.
"This was a very winnable game," Flash head coach Brad Jones said. "I am disappointed that we couldn't execute when we needed to. We couldn't make the plays to win it down the stretch and Anaheim did. You have to give them credit."
Trailing by five after a Pruitt three-pointer with 1:02 to play, the Flash turned the ball over on two consecutive trips, allowing Anaheim to ice the game away from the free throw line. The Flash has suffered through 53 turnovers over the last two games, including 28 in the loss on Wednesday that led to 28 Arsenal points.