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News » Weaver's heroics lift Sixers

Weaver's heroics lift Sixers

Weaver's heroics lift Sixers
BIXBY It would have been difficult to write a more exciting script for the Tulsa 66ers final regular-season home game. Kyle Weaver, who was just assigned to Tulsa by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, hit a follow shot with less than one second to play to lift the 66ers to a dramatic 121-119 NBA D-League victory against Southwest Division leader Colorado before a crowd of 3,448 Friday night at the SpiritBank Event Center. The victory was the fourth in a row at home for the 66ers (14-33), who rallied from a 14-point first quarter deficit to nab their fifth win in the last six contests.

Tulsa has three games remaining this season. Colorado's Kentrell Gransberry connected on a putback with 11 seconds to play to tie the game at 119-all. Tulsa elected to bring the ball down the court without calling a timeout. Gary Forbes, who tallied 22 points and had nine assists, was short on a jumper from the left side with three seconds remaining. But Weaver knifed in from the back side to grab the rebound under the basket and hit the game-winner with 0.3 seconds to play. "The play was designed for Gary but when I saw that his shot was short I just cut back to the basket for the rebound," said Weaver, who finished with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting while adding a game-high 11 assists. "Fortunately, I had enough time to put it back in." Weaver, who also had seven rebounds, played all 48 minutes in just his second appearance for the 66ers. The 6-6 guard scored 10 points, snared eight rebounds and dished off seven assists in a road loss at Austin on Wednesday. "I have a chance to play point guard while I am here (in Tulsa)," Weaver said. "This is a chance for me to play and make decisions, run the team, and handle and share the ball." Colorado (32-13), which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped, hit six of its 14 3-pointers in the opening six minutes of the game to take an early 26-12 advantage. But Weaver and D.J. White, who was also reassigned to Tulsa on Wednesday, combined for 35 points as the 66ers took a 63-62 lead at the half. White, who scored a team-high 28 points, netted six straight points late in the fourth quarter to give the 66ers a 119-115 lead with 52 seconds remaining before the 14ers rallied. Josh Davis led Colorado with 28 points, and former OSU star John Lucas had 12 points for the 14ers. Tulsa finishes the season with road games at Fort Wayne on Wednesday and at Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday. SUBHEAD: NBADL: TULSA 66ERS

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