Friday, July 13, 2018

Blazers Defense Beats Hawks

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 95-69, in the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
Portland has been one of the best teams in Summer League, with a 26-point victory here exemplifying that fact. Not only did they hold the lead for the final 35 minutes of action, Portland held a double-digit lead for the entirety of the fourth quarter. A 24-15 first quarter set the tone for Portland, as a 47-28 second-half ended Atlanta. Rim protection was the difference in the game, with the Blazers out-rebounding the Hawks 47-32 and out-blocking them 10-4. Portland shot 44.2 percent from the field while holding Atlanta to just 33.3 percent shooting.
The Hawks (2-3) were led by Omari Spellman, as he tallied 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Antonius Cleveland accrued 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Robert Johnson finished with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. The five starters combined to go just 18-of-56 from the field.
The Trail Blazers (4-0) were led by Jake Layman, as he collected 20 points, five rebounds and two steals on 8-of-13 shooting. Wade Baldwin IV accumulated 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Anfernee Simons led the bench with 20 points and four boards.
Portland will play the winner of the Miami-Boston matchup in the quarterfinals.

Jazz Takes Down Magic

The Utah Jazz took down the Orlando Magic, 75-70, in Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Thursday night.
Despite trailing early in the game, Utah held a commanding lead for much of regulation. A seven-rebound advantage helped the Jazz stay in front from the second quarter onwards, as the team led by as much as 14 in the second half. The Jazz shot just 35.1 percent, but the team was able to squeak out the win by holding Orlando to 33.3 percent from the field.
Sophomore big man Diamond Stone led the Jazz with 14 points and 11 rebounds, with six on the offensive end. Georges Niang contributed an additional 12 points and 11 more rebounds for Utah in the win.
Orlando sat big men Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac, two of the team’s top young prospects. With the prospects out, Troy Caupain led the team with 14 points. Wes Iwundu added another 11 points, while center Khem Birch scored 10.