Despite missing the playoffs, the Utah Flash finished off their inaugural season in style. They set a franchise record for points in a game, as they pulled away in the second half to take a 130-118 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
"I challenged them at halftime to go out and finish with pride, and I thought we did that," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "I was really proud with the way we came out and executed both offensively and defensively in the second half."
On a night in which Utah guard Morris Almond was awarded the first annual NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year Award, which is awarded to the player who made the greatest contribution after being acquired after the season had started, Almond and his teammates put on an offensive display.
Almond who led the D-League in scoring at 25.6 points per game shot 15-of-25 from the floor and poured in 43 points. Guard Kevin Kruger added 27 points and 10 assists, as the Flash shot 55.8 percent in the game.
The first half was a high-scoring shootout, and it started in the first quarter, as both teams shot 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the floor.
Los Angeles got out to a 19-13 lead after the first seven minutes, but Utah ripped off a 10-1 run to retake the lead. The two teams then exchanged a barrage of 3-pointers, which left the D-Fenders with a slim 34-32 advantage at the end of the period.
Neither team cooled off in the second quarter, which was nearly as high scoring as the first. A technical foul on Los Angeles guard Coby Karl the fourth of six technicals called by the officials in the game awarded the Flash a free throw to break a tie and give them a 64-63 halftime lead.
Almond scored 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting in the half. Utah shot 66.7 percent as a team, while the D-Fenders shot 61.5 percent.
Both teams cooled off slightly in the third quarter, and the Flash managed to open up a lead by outscoring Los Angeles 29-21 in the last nine minutes of the period to take a 100-91 lead.
The highlight of the run happened late in the quarter, when Almond grabbed a rebound, went coast to coast, took a foul and made a layup and the free throw to convert a 3-point play.
The D-Fenders clawed back in the fourth quarter, closing to within 108-105 with seven minutes to go, but Utah ripped off nine straight points seven from Almond to put the game out of reach.
The Flash ended the season with a record of 24-26, while Los Angeles finished 32-18.