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Utah Has Big Fourth Quarter, Big Victory Over Bakersfield

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Kosta Koufos played very well for the Flash.
Kosta Koufos played very well for the Flash.

I watched the majority of this game - the recurring theme was Kosta Koufos is a stud.

Since I've got some bigger news coming in the morning, I'm going to skim through this game fairly quick, but figured I better get it up just to keep everyone happy.  Utah took their first lead, 80-79, on the first possession of the fourth.  This run was part of a 30-6 run that led to a 30-13 fourth quarter victory and 108-92 final for the Flash.

The Flash were led by their NBA assignments (Koufos, Mo Almond, and JR Giddens), but I'll give the player of the game to Koufos.  He simply dominated the paint.  Granted, his competition included Nick Lewis and David Berghoefer, but still, he looked good.  I was much more impressed with Koufos in 28 minutes of action than I ever was with Utah's other big man, Kyrylo Fesenko.  He scored with ease and finished with 21 points, 11 assists, and five boards.  Man crush ensuing, I presume.

Other notables for the Flash include Almond, who had 23 points on 10 shots; Giddens had 18 points, eight boards, and seven assists (and a huge block that should have been in a charge but then later was a defensive foul.. good stuff); and Ronald Dupree, who had 15 points, 10 boards.  Utah somehow managed to play 12 guys - most coaches don't play their 10.

The Bakersfield Jam were led by Derrick Byars.  Byars had an amazing month of February, but until this game, he had a very down March.  In February, Byars averaged 23.1 points on 56% shooting from the field and 50% (26-52) from 3.  In March, even with the 20 points on 13 shots and five boards he contributed tonight, his averages were 16.1 points, 44% from the field and 25% (12-48) from behind the arc.

Other notables for the Jam include Trey Johnson, who had 21 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor and little else and Mateen Cleaves (will be on First Take today I think I heard) with 21 points, seven assists, but four turnovers.