OREM In a game marred by 61 fouls, the Sioux Falls Skyfoce led from start to finish, holding off the Utah Flash for a 101-97 win.
Despite out-shooting Sioux Falls 48.6 to 40.5 percent from the floor and winning the rebounding battle 47-36, Utah lost primarily because of their 23 turnovers that turned into 21 points for the Skyforce.
"It's something that's been plaguing our team all year," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "Until we get the turnover thing figured out, we're going to continue to be inconsistent with our wins. Every time we had a chance to get close, we turned the basketball over."
The Utah Jazz reassigned guard Morris Almond to the Flash earlier in the day, but he struggled in his return, shooting just 2-10 for seven points.
The Flash fell behind early, trailing by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, as Sioux Falls got off to a hot start behind guard Elton Nesbitt's 13 points in the period.
Utah managed to cut the lead to 34-26 going into the second quarter, thanks to guard Kevin Kruger, who drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the right wing.
The Flash trailed by double digits for much of the second quarter, but they were able to cut the lead to 56-48 at halftime, thanks in large part to a five-point possession from forward Britton Johnsen.
Johnsen made a basket, was fouled, missed the free throw and, when Utah came away with the rebound, he drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key just a few seconds later.
The play of the game happened in the third quarter, when the Flash got a steal, and Kruger made a beautiful, no-look pass behind his back to forward Brian Jackson for a fast break dunk.
Utah chipped away from a 12-point lead, once getting the deficit down to four, and the Sioux Falls eventually took an 80-74 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Flash stayed within striking distance throughout the final period, cutting the lead to 96-93 with 2:28 to go in the game.
But every time the Flash threatened to tie the game or take the lead, they were turned away by the Skyforce, who made just enough plays down the stretch to pull out the victory.
Backup forward Jermareo Davidson made a couple of big plays in the final couple of minutes, tipping a pass away from Utah center James Lang for a steal and winning a jump ball that he forced with Jackson.
All of Utah's starters scored in double figures. Nesbitt led the way for Sioux Falls with 20 points, while forward Kasib Powell and guards Carl Elliott and David Bailey each had at least 16.