Friday, July 31, 2015

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Season Preview

Wake returns 37 lettermen and 15 of them starters, including PK Weaver and P Kinal...Six starters return on off ense, including three members of the off ensive line in C A’lique Terry, G Josh Harris and T Dylan Intemann, though three redshirt freshmen emerged in the spring as starters in Ts Phil Haynes and Justin Herron and C Ryan Anderson... Improving Wake’s ground attack is a prime priority, as the Deacons managed to rush for just 479 yards a year ago...RB’s Isaiah Robinson and Dezmond Worthan are capable, and improved line play will allow them to be more productive... Wolford will also benefi t from an improved line, and improved playmakers around him, but he too will have competition in the in the fall from January enrollee QB Kendall Hinton...WRs Jared Crump (32 catches) and Jonathan Williams both return while redshirt freshman Cortez Lewis and January enrollee Tabari Hines head to the fall in the lead, along with Crump, for starting honors at the three WR positions...Th ey are joined by Serigne, who will be among the ACC’s best TEs this fall...Defensively, Wake returns seven starters from a unit that was 18th nationally in tackles for a loss (7.2)... DE Dunn and DTs Banks and Harris all return to the defensive line where they combined for 18.5 TFLs last year...Sophomore Duke Ejiofor ended spring ahead of redshirt freshman Chris Stewart at the other DE with DT Zeek Rodney pushing Harris for playing time...Th e top three tacklers return in SS Ryan Janvion (115 tackles. 7.0 TFLs) and LBs Marquel Lee (101 tackles, 12.0 TFLs) and Brandon Chubb (109 tackles)... Janvion anchors a rebuilt secondary that will be looking for replacements at cornerback but has rover Hunter Williams returning...S Th omas Brown didn’t start last year, but saw enough action to make 50 tackles, and Josh Okonye, at fi eld corner, and Brad Watson, at boundary CB came out of spring in the lead for starting honors.

Syracuse Orangemen Season Preview

Shafer will welcome back 45 lettermen, though only 11 starters...Spring priorities on off ense will be to develop some playmakers and rebuild an off ensive line that loses a pair of key starters...Starting QB Terrel Hunt returns aft er missing the fi nal seven games last fall with injury...A dual threat to run or pass, Hunt completed 57 percent of his passes and also ran for 6 TDs...In his absence, sophomore QB AJ Long impressed (935 yards passing, 4 TDs), at least until he too, was hampered by injuries.... Having both back healthy is a good beginning...Ts Ivan Foy and Omari Palmer, C Rob Trudo and G Nick Robinson return to lead the off ensive line with redshirt freshman Aaron Roberts fi lling the remaining guard position... RBs George Morris, II and Devante McFarlane also return and both have seen playing time...Ishmael (27 catches, 15.4 avg.) and Lewis (24 catches), who has moved to H-Back, will lead a promising receiver corps that also includes WRs Brisly Estime and Alvin Cornelius, H-backs Ashton Broyld and Philips, as well as TE Josh Parris...Defensively, the Orange will have to replace eight starters who combined for 203 starts... WLB Marqez Hodge (38 tackles) and MLB Zaire Franklin (44 tackles) are a good start...Soph Parris Bennett came out of spring as the starter at SLB ahead of Jonathan Th omas and Oliver Vigille...DE Ron Th ompson is the only returning starter upfront but senior DE Ronnie Simmons claimed the other spot in spring with junior DE Luke Arcienega competing for playing time...Redshirt freshman NT Kayton Samuels and senior DT John Raymon emerged inside as starters...In the secondary, only CB Julian Whigham (28 tackles, 1 Int.) returns, but Antwan Cordy (10 tackles, 1 Int.) Corey Winfi eld (14 tackles) and Wayne Morgan and Chauncey Scissum all saw action as reserves...Whigham and redshirt freshman Cordell Hudson will compete for one CB berth while Morgan and Winfi eld will battle for the other...Cordy came out of spring as the starter at SS with Scissum and redshirt freshman Rodney Williams competing at FS.

NCST Wolfpack Season Preview

With 14 returning starters--six on off ense and eight on defense--the Wolfpack should continue their improvement from a year ago...Brissett established himself as one of the best playmakers in the ACC last fall and should contend for national honors this time around...State will have to replace both tackles on the off ensive line, but four linemen return who saw starting time last year in Joe Th uney, Alex Barr, Tony Adams and C Quinton Schooley...Th uney and Adams emerged from spring at guard, while Barr and redshirt freshmen Tyler Jones are the leaders at tackle... TE David Grinnage (27 catches, 5 TDs) was on the Mackey Watch List last fall...He and WRs Bra’Lon Cherry (27 catches), Jonathan Alston (21 catches) and Jumichael Ramos lead a receiver corps that also includes Stephen Louis and TE/FB Jaylen Samuels...Th ornton leads a cadre of RBs that also includes the versatile Dayes, January enrollee Reggie Gallapsy II and Dakwa Nichols...Defensively, State doesn’t have as many holes to fi ll, but each of the three departing starters were key players... DE Mike Rose (15.0 TFLs) and DT B.J. Hill (7.5 TFLs) return to anchor the line, where they will be joined by DEs Bradley Chubb and Pharoah McKever as well as DTs Kentavius Street (23 tackles), Kenton Gibbs and Justin Jones...Fernandez leads a linebacker corps that includes Airius Moore (37 tackles), Ernie Robinson, III, Ford Howell, M.J. Salahuddin and January enrollee Riley Nicholson...CB Jack Tocho (40 tackles, 11 PBUs) leads a fi ve-man secondary that has all of its starters returning in CB Juston Burris (29 tackles), Ss Hakim Jones (80 tackles) and Josh Jones (56 tackles, 4 INTs) and hybrid S-LB Dravious Wright (57 tackles, 5 TFLs)... Th ere is also depth available here with eight other players who saw enough action in 2014 to earn letters.

Louisville Cardinals Season Preview

Key off ensive priorities include determining a starting quarterback, rebuilding a line that loses three starters and fi nding playmakers in its receiving corps...Sophomore QB Reggie Bonnafon, who started fi ve games aft er starter Will Gardner went down with an injury, enters fall in a competition with Gardner and sophomore Kyle Bolin for starting honors... Th is trio combined to throw for 3,249 yards and 21 TDs...Gardner and Bolin are more classic drop-back passers, while Bonnafon is a threat to run or pass...Running back will be handled by junior Brandon Radcliff (737 yds, 12 TDs) and sophomores L.J. Scott and Jeremy Smith...C Tobijah Hughley and T Aaron Epps fi gure to anchor the reconstructed line with Pedro Sibiea, Kelby Johnson, Skylar Lacy, Lukayus McNeil and JUCO transfers Khalil Hunter and Kiola Mahoni...At WR, junior James Quick (36 catches), Texas A&M transfer Ja’Quay Savage (formerly Williams) and UAB transfer Jamari Staples emerged from the spring the leaders, with former TE Charles Standberry, Alphonso Carter, Gio Pascascio, Dontez Byrd and Traveon Samuel also in the mix.....Defensively, Louisville returns fi ve of its front seven, including all-star candidate DE Sheldon Rankins (13.5 TFLs, 8 sacks), DT DeAngelo Brown, DE Pio Vatuvei and LBs Keith Kelsey (87 tackles) and James Burgess (10 TFLs)...Joining Burgess and Kelsey is junior Keith Brown, JUCO transfer Devante Fields and sophomore Henry Famurewa ...Th e secondary is the main concern, where only S Jermaine Reve returns...Redshirt freshman Cornelius Strughill and sophomores Shaq Wiggins, Trumaine Washington and Jaire Alexander will compete at CB while Reve, Georgia transfer Josh Harvey Clemons and sophomore Chucky Williams and Zykesis Canon will battle for the safety positions.

Florida State Seminoles Season Preview

Off ensive priorities will include replacing a quarterback, wide receiver and tight end who were among the best in school history, as well as four threeyear starters on the off ensive line...Redshirt junior QB Sean Maguire emerged from spring as the front-runner, but will face a fall competition with graduate transfer Everett Golson, who led Notre Dame to the 2012 BCS title game and was last seen in Tallahassee throwing for 313 yards and 3 TDs against the Seminoles last Oct. 18...Sophomore T Roderick Johnson, who started the fi nal fi ve games last year, anchors a rebuilt line that will include a pair of JUCO transfers who have been in the program a year in T Chad Mavety and G Kareem Are...Whomever does emerge at QB, they will have some weapons at their disposal in RBs Dalvin Cook, Mario Pender and January enrollee Jacques Patrick. Cook rushed for an FSU freshman record 1,008 yards, but his availability is in question aft er a July suspension...Pender has excellent speed, though, and Patrick is a good blend of speed and power...Despite the loss of Greene, the receiving corps should be solid with sophomores Travis Rudolph (38 catches), Ermon Lane, Ja’Vonn Harrison and junior Jesus Wilson (42 catches) joined by talented freshman George Campbell ...Th e Noles also possess the nation’s best PK in Roberto Aguayo... On defense, DE DeMarcus Walker and DT Derrick Mitchell both return, as does NT Nile Lawrence-Stample...One of the areas targeted for improvement is FSU’s pass rush, which may come from a trio of sophomore DEs in Rick Leonard, Lorenzo Featherston and Jacob Pugh...Both starting linebackers return in Terrance Smith and Reggie Northup... In the secondary, All-American Jalen Ramsey moves to CB and heads a talented cast that includes FS Nate Andrews, SS Tyler Hunter, Star Trey Marshall and CB Marquez White

Clemson Tigers Season Preview

Off ensive priorities included replacing three members of the line and adjusting to the staff change of having off ensive co-coordinators with Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott fi lling those roles...Th at arrangement worked fi ne in the Tigers’ Russell Athletic Bowl domination of Oklahoma, and the return of QB Deshaun Watson and big-play WRs Artavis Scott (76 catches) and Mike Williams (57 catches, 18.1 avg.) should make that transition easier...Scott and Williams head a talented receiver corps that includes WRs Germone Hopper, Charone Peake and freshman Trevion Th ompson; as well as TEs Jordan Leggett and Stanton Seckinger...Watson completed 68 percent of his passes with an effi ciency rating (188.57) which would have led the nation had he played in enough games to qualify...In his spring absence, junior Nick Schuessler impressed in his bid for the backup QB role...Watson will have a talented running back corps to work with led by Wayne Gallman (789 yards) and including Tyshon Dye, C.J. Davidson and Zac Brooks...C Ryan Norton is the only returning starter on a rebuilt line that includes Gs Eric MacLain and Tyrone Crowder and T Joe Gore and possibly true freshman Mitch Hyatt...Defense is where some heavy lift ing will need to occur...Th ere is talent available with seven returning lettermen up front, including DEs Shaq Lawson (11.0 TFLs) and Kevin Dodd, and DTs D.J. Reader and Carlos Watkins as well as fi ve returning lettermen at linebacker... Ben Boulware (40 tackles), Korrin Wiggins (34 tackles) and B.J. Goodson (25 tackles) came out of spring as starters with Dorian O’Daniel (28 tackles) and T. J. Burrell pushing for playing time...Alexander and S Jayron Kearse key a secondary that includes SS Jadar Johnson and CB Cordrea Tankersly.

Boston College Eagles Season Preview

For the second straight year Boston College will have to rebuild its offensive line and find a starting quarterback...This fall, those will be BC’s main priorities as well as replacing three starters in its defensive secondary...Sophomore dual threat QB Darius Wade emerged from the spring, as the leader to be the starter...He will have some weapons at his disposal in Hilliman, who should be a candidate for national honors this year, sophomore RB Marcus Outlaw, junior RB Myles Willis and WR’s Sherman Alston and Charlie Callinan, who impressed in the spring and could have a breakout season...Fifthyear senior G Harris Williams, who started 10 games in 2013 but missed all of last year with injury, Frank Taylor, Dave Bowen and Jim Cashman are all candidates for the rebuilt OLine...Defensively, CB Justin Simmons (76) and LB Steven Daniels (72) were the team leaders in tackles a year ago...They are joined by All-ACC NT Connor Wujciak, DE KenvinKavalec (10.5 TFLs), DT Truman Gutapfel and LB Mike Strizak (43 tackles) as returning starters...Coordinator Don Brown’s unit was 2nd nationally in defense against the run, allowing 94.5 yards per game...DBs John Johnson (25 tackles), Kamrin Moore (22 tackles), Matt Milano (20 tackles) and Isaac Yiadom (13 tackles) all saw significant playing time last fall and are candidates for the open secondary positions

Trade Deadline Recap 2015

Heading into Thursday we already saw big names moved.  Cole Hamels went to the Rangers, Jonathan Papelbon went to the Nationals, Troy Tulowitzki went to the Blue Jays, Scott Kazmir went to the Houston, and Aramis Ramirez went to the Pirates.  More moves had been made yesterday and today and I'll let you know everything that has happened yesterday and today.

Yesterday:
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired David Price from the Detroit Tigers for Matt Boyde, Daniel Norris, and Jario Labourt.  The ST Louis Cardinals acquired Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians for Rob Kaminsky.  There was a three team trade involving the Dodgers, the Marlins, and the Braves.  The Dodgers acquired Matt Latos, Michael Morse, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Bronson Arroyo, and Jose Peraza, the Braves acquired Hector Olivera, Zachary Bird, Paco Rodriguez, and a draft pick from the Marlins, and the Marlins acquired Jeff Brigham, Victor Arauo, and Kevin Guzman.  The Yankees acquired Dustin Ackley from the Mariners for Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez.  The White Sox acquired Justin Sellers for a player to be named.  The Astros acquired Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers, and the 76th international signing slot from the Brewers for Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader, and Adrian Houser.  The Pirates acquired Joakin Soria from the Tigers for JaCoby Jones.

Today:
Today being the trade deadline was busy as expected.  The Giants acquired Mike Leake from the Reds for Adam Duvail and Keury Mella.  The Cardinals acquired Jonathan Broxton and cash considerations from the Brewers for Malik Collymore.  The Orioles acquired Gerado Parra from the Brewers for Zach Davies.  The Blue Jays acquired Mark Lowe from the Mariners for Nick Wells, Jacob Brentz, and Rob Rasmussen.  The Cubs acquired Dan Haren from the Marlins for Ivan Pineyro and Elliot Soto.  The Twins acquired Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for Chih Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia.  The Blue Jays acquired Ben Revera from the Phillies for Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.  The Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.  The Cubs acquired Tommy Hunter from the Orioles for Junior Lakes.  The Pirates acquired JA Happ from the Mariners for Adrian Sampson.  The A's acquired Felix Doubront from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.  The Rangers acquired Sam Dyson from the Marlins for Tomas Telis and Cody Ege.  The Pirates acquired Marc Rzepcynski from the Indians for Abraham Almonte.  The Padres acquired Michael Morse from the Dodgers for Jose Tabata.

I like what the Astros did this week by adding pitching and hitting, I also liked what the Mets were able to bring in this week as well considering that they were near the bottom in hitting coming into the week.  Now the Mets should have a better offense as they try and push towards the playoffs.  If you look at what the Pirates did you'll see that they were able to add depth in their lineup and depth in their bull pen.  Toronto also showed that they're going all in this week by bring in Tulo and Price.  They also added Ben Revera and Mark Lowe so that's added depth in their outfield and rotation.  One thing that did surprise me were the Padres.  They were rumored to become sellers this week and they didn't make one big trade at all.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recap for Trade Week so far

Teams currently making a push for the playoffs are trying to deal for players to help them out to make a push towards the playoffs.  A lot of players who are more likely to be traded are players with one year left on their contracts.  When you deal for players with multiple years on their contract I view this as a win because not only did you improve for this year, but you also improved for next year.

Last Thursday the Pirates started the trading party as they acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers for Yhonathan Barrios.  The Astros then traded Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham to the A's for Scott Kazmir.

Last Friday the Angels acquired Conor Gillaspie from the White Sox for cash considerations, the Mets traded John Grant and Rob Whalen to the Braves for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, and the Cardinals traded Kyle Barraclough to the Marlins for Steve Cishek. 

Last Saturday was quiet, but Sunday made headlines as the Royals acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds for Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed.

On Monday the Angels acquired Shane Victorino from the Red Sox for Josh Rutledge and cash considerations, and the Mets traded Casey Meisner to the A's for Tyler Clippard.

Tuesday was a very busy day.  The Blue Jays got things started by trading Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins, the Royals acquired Ben Zorbist from the Astros for Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea, the Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon and got cash considerations from the Phillies for Nick Pivetta, the Angels got David DeJesus from the Rays for Eduar Lopez, and the Angels also got David Murphy from the Indians for Eric Stamets.

On Wednesday the Pirates acquired Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash considerations.  The Rangers acquired Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, got cash considerations from the Phillies for Matt Harrison, Jorge Altaro, Nick Williams, Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhorr.

The Pirates needed a bat and they got one in Aramis Ramirez.  The Pirates also added depth in pitching in Joe Blanton.  I like what the Blue Jays and Rockies did.  The Blue Jays got a bat in their lineup in Tulo and a very good reliever in LaTroy Hawkins.  As for the Rockies, they now add top tier prospects in terms of pitching in Jeff Hoffman Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco, and they also got one of the best lead off hitters in Jose Reyes.  I'd put him at leadoff and Blackman in the 2 hole.

I love the Royals moves so far.  They needed someone who can fill in the left field position in Ben Zorbis and they also got what they needed in Johnny Cueto.  Cueto eats up a lot of innings and the Royals needed an inning eater. 

Entering the week I thought the Nationals had a really good closer, they added another closer in Johnathan Papelbon which is a nice thing to have.

The Mets added depth to a lineup that needs help in Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson and the Mets also added depth in their bullpen in Tyler Clippard. 

I cannot say that I liked all of the moves that the Angels made, but I did like the fact that they added outfield depth.  They added Victorino, David DeJesus, and David Murphy, all who can hit which was what the Angels needed. 

I liked what the Astros did by adding depth in their rotation in Scott Kazmir.  Now, you are not only in it to win the division but you just added depth in your starting rotation.  If I'm Houston I know I'm not the problem in the AL West.

The Rangers entered last night only 4 games out of the playoffs.  They went on and added Cole Hamels.  Say things doesn't work out to their best this year they can look for next year.  Darvish and Hamels would be a nice 1-2 punch in that rotation.

The Phillies are ready for the future.  The Phillies got Nick Piretta who has a 92MPH sinker, not bad, and I also like Jorge Alfaro and Matt Harrison.  Harrison will be a good fit in the Phillies rotation and I like Jorge Alfaro's bat.

If you look at what the Reds did in the Cueto deal you'll notice one name, Brandon Finnegan.  He pitched for the Royals last year in the world series and he's having a good year so for in the minors. 

It's been a good week full of trades so far and there will be more trades before Friday's deadline.  I'll have the complete recap from today and tomorrow tomorrow night.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Recap: Trail Blazers 82, Timberwolves 77

First overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns continued an encouraging NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with the best game of his young career on Wednesday night, but his effort fell short as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 82-77.
The 19-year-old center posted game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists and three blocked shots.
Towns, who shot 33 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free throw line in the Timberwolves' first three games, was 7-of-9 from field goal range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe on Wednesday.
Noah Vonleh led the Blazers with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting and had 10 rebounds of his own. Four-year NBA veteran Malcolm Thomas had 15 points on 5-of-6 field goal shooting and four rebounds off the bench, and rookie guard Tim Frazier had 14 points and six assists.
After closely contested game through three quarters, Portland opened its biggest lead of the night with 1:42 left to play. Minnesota fought back in the final 90 seconds, with four points from Othyus Jeffers and three points from Lorenzo Brown, but the Timberwolves' comeback attempt was too little, too late.
Third-year Portland forward Allen Crabbe went down late in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain and was taken to the locker room. The 23-year-old is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday after X-Rays came back negative.
Portland moves on to the second round of the winner's bracket to play second-seeded Boston on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. ET. Minnesota falls to the loser's bracket, where they'll play Cleveland on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Recap: Bulls 91, Cavaliers 73

Chicago's Bobby Portis spent all of last year proving his motor was one of the highest in college basketball while playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The former SEC Player of the Year, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, provided that same energy and more Wednesday night in the NBA Summer League.
Portis had 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks to help the Bulls to a 91-73 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Portis, who stands at 6 feet, 11 inches, continued to show the hustle that made him a college star in 28 minutes of action on Wednesday. He scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half and finished 7 of 13 from the floor to lead the high-octane Bulls.
With the Bulls holding a lead for most of the game, Portis never slowed and was constantly seen running the floor and diving for loose balls. He highlighted the Bulls' 9-2 run to start the third quarter with an emphatic alley-oop dunk.
Doug McDermott, a former Creighton star, and Vander Blue, a Marquette product, also supplied 16 points apiece for the Bulls, who shot 36 of 74 (48.6 percent) from the field and 8 of 16 from the 3-point line.
Blue added eight rebounds and three assists and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Tyrus McGee also scored 14 points for Chicago, which led 41-33 at halftime. The Bulls finished with a 41-33 rebounding advantage and led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter.
D.J. Seeley led the Cavaliers with 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting. Quinn Cook, an undrafted point guard out of Duke, had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Tyler Haws and Keifer Sykes each finished with nine points, and Jerrelle Benimon pulled down eight boards for Cleveland, which got eliminated after posting a 1-3 record.
The Cavaliers were 28 of 70 (40.0 percent) from the floor, including 4 of 20 (20.0 percent) from long distance. They also went 13-for-23 (56.5 percent) from the line.
Chicago (2-2) returns to action Thursday, when it faces the No. 2-seeded Boston Celtics (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Recap: Mavericks 88, Lakers 86

On the first day of the elimination round at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers certainly played like there was something at stake.
Jeremy Tyler led the Mavericks with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a late game nail-biter, as Dallas knocked off Los Angeles, 88-86.
The 24-year-old Dallas center, whose NBA career includes stops in Atlanta, Golden State and New York, was 11-of-15 from field goal range and also had four offensive rebounds.
Justin Anderson added 16 points for the Mavericks on 6-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Dwight Powell had 12 points and nine rebounds and Maalik Wayns had 12 points and three assists.
Dallas cruised to a 30-20 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to nine quarter points from Tyler and eight from Anderson.
Anderson added five points in the second and as the Mavericks led by 12 at the half.
But Los Angeles wasn't done.
Lakers forward Jabari Brown scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and Jordan Clarkson also had 11 in the third and fourth quarters.
Trailing 68-63 at the end of three, Los Angeles tied the game at 76-76 on a 3-point play by Brown with 6:19 left in the final period.
Tied at 88-88 with under 10 seconds to play, Wayns missed a contested floating layup attempt from the baseline for Dallas. Tyler grabbed the rebound on the other side of the rim and dropped it in with 1.4 seconds.
After a Lakers timeout, 27th overall pick Larry Nance Jr. inbounded the ball to Julius Randle from 30-feet out, but the former Kentucky Wildcat couldn't get a 3-point shot off before time expired.
Dallas moves on to the second round of the winner's bracket, where they'll face the NBA Development League Select team on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles falls to the loser's bracket, where they'll play Utah on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recap: Wizards 86, Jazz 78

There is already pressure playing on an NBA Summer League team. Add the team's star player sitting courtside and the spotlight just got brighter.
With John Wall looking on, the #20 Washington Wizards rose to the occasion. They defeated the #13 Utah Jazz 86-78 in tournament action Tuesday evening at Cox Pavilion.
The Wizards dominated early on and took a 33-18 lead in the first quarter with a balanced team attack. Nine of the ten players who were on the court scored at least two points. The Jazz shot 65.0 percent (13-for-20) from the field. Bryce Cotton (6 points) was the only Jazz player to net more than one field goal.
The Jazz ramped up their defense in the second quarter to hold the Wizards to 19 points. Still, the Wizards held a commanding 52-35 lead at halftime. Scott Machado, who competed in Estonia last season, led all players with 11 points after two quarters.
The Jazz tied to make the game into a tale of two halves. They outscored the Wizards, 23-22, in the third quarter. Cotton, who appeared in 15 games for the Jazz last season, scored another six points in the third. Former D-League players Shawn Jones and Jamil Wilson also scored six apiece for the Wizards, who took a 74-58 lead.
The Jazz opened the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run and cut the deficit to three points, 74-71. They held the Wizards scoreless until Orlando Johnson made a layup with 5:06 to go. But the Wizards stretched their lead back up to 10 late in the game and held on for the eight-point win.
Machado led the Wizards with 17 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3PG, 7-8 FT) and 8 assists. Johnson, who played in the D-League last season, recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. First round draft pick Kelly Oubre Jr. (12 points), Jones (10 points) and Wilson (10 points) also finished in double digits.
For the Jazz, Cotton finished the night with a game-high 20 points (7-17 FG, 2-4 3PG, 4-4 FT). Brock Motum, who most recently played overseas, finished with 11 points off the bench.
The Wizards improved to 2-2 and will play the #4 New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. The Jazz fell to 1-3 and will face the loser of the Dallas Mavericks-Los Angeles Lakers game on Friday.

Recap: Warriors 83, Kings 67

There will be no repeat for the Sacramento Kings at the NBA Summer League.
The Kings were hoping to go back-to-back in Las Vegas. But the defending champions went ice-cold offensively in the second half, managing just four third-quarter points and eventually falling to the Golden State Warriors 83-67 Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center in the opening round of the Summer League playoffs.
The Warriors (2-2), who were seeded 12th, will advance to Thursday's second round and will face the New York Knicks, who are the No. 5 seed, at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack.
The Kings (1-3) will play Miami in a consolation game at 1:30 p.m. Friday also in the Thomas & Mack.
Rematches are rare in the NBA Summer League, especially when it involves rivals.
The Kings defeated the Warriors 90-71 Monday and 48 hours later, they were back at it again. Only this time, Golden State turned the tables on their Northern California neighbors as James Michael McAdoo scored 20 points and LaDonte Henton added 18 to help the Warriors advance.
Sacramento started its week in Las Vegas slowly, losing its first two. But Summer League coach John Welch figured out his rotation and began playing David Stockton and David Wear more minutes and the moves paid off.
Stockton, the son of Hall of Fame John Stockton, played three games for the Kings last year after spending most of the season with the Reno Bighorns in the NBA Development League. But in Las Vegas, Stockton showed he could compete at this level of the NBA. He scored 17 points and had four assists in 27 minutes against the Warriors Wednesday.
Wear, a 6-foot-10 second-year pro from UCLA, had 13 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes as Welch played Wear alongside highly-touted rookie Willie Cauley-Stein and former Pac-12 foe Eric Moreland, who played at Oregon State.
The Kings led by as many as 13 in the second quarter and were still ahead 47-40 at halftime as the Warriors struggled to get any offense besides that from McAdoo. McAdoo, who has led Golden State in scoring during the Summer League, had 11 of his 20 points in the first half. But only Chasson Randle managed to come close to matching McAdoo's output, as he had seven first-half points for the Warriors, who shot just 40 percent from the floor while allowing Sacramento to hit 55 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
But something clicked in and the Warriors come out hot to start the third quarter. Golden State reeled off 15 unanswered points to take a 55-47 lead over the first six minutes as McAdoo and Henton showed the way. The Kings didn't score in the third quarter until just 3:06 remained and Moreland made two free throws. Sacramento finished the third period having been outscored 20-4 and trailed the Warriors 60-51 heading into the fourth.
The Golden State lead would grow to 76-58 with just over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter as the Warriors were in complete command and kept their hopes for recapturing the Summer League title they won in 2013 alive in 2015.

Recap: Hawks 75, Heat 64

The Atlanta Hawks (2-2) overcame an early nine-point deficit to knock off the Miami Heat (1-3) to advance in the single-elimination tournament at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 Wednesday. The 14th-seeded Hawks rallied for the 75-64 triumph over the Heat, the tournament's 19th seed, at UNLV's Cox Pavilion.
By virtue of the win, Atlanta earns the opportunity to face the No. 3 seed Denver Nuggets, one of five squads that went 3-0 prior to tournament play, Thursday at 5:30 pm PT in the Thomas & Mack Center. Miami, on the other hand, will play the Sacramento Kings in the TMC Friday at 1:30 pm PT.
The Heat began the affair with a perfect 4-for4 effort from the field that resulted in an early eight-point advantage only 2:38 after the opening tip. Moments after a Mike Muscala layup gave Atlanta its first points, Miami's lead grew to nine behind a layup and free throw by Gabriel Olaseni.
Atlanta started the game 0-for-3 from the field, but used an 8-for-15 outburst to outscore the Heat 21-8 over the final 6:20 of the first frame. Muscala led the rally with seven points, while Glen Robinson III added five and Brandon Ashley and Terran Petteway had four each.
The Hawks' lead grew to six on three occasions in the second until the Heat reengaged and forced three ties and two lead changes before the half.
The two sides jockeyed back and forth to start the final 20 minutes of regulation, but a dunk by Atlanta's Edy Tavares just 2:41 into the third turned out to be the go-ahead score. From that point forward, the Hawks separated themselves from the Heat by at least two possessions until the advantage grew to a game-high 14 late in the fourth.
Muscala led the Hawks with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lamar Patterson chipped in 12 points, while Robinson III and Tavares had 11 and 10, respectively.
Miami's Shabazz Napier, the 24th overall selection at the 2014 NBA Draft, scored 21 to lead all scorers in the contest. Napier was 6-for-18 from the field and 7-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Recap: Nets 76, Sixers 68

At a time during the NBA Summer League when players start to wear down, the Brooklyn Nets got some much-needed help from their bench.
Reserves Cliff Alexander and Austin Hollins scored 13 points apiece and starting guard Markel Brown had 23 points as the Nets defeated Philadelphia 75-68 Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center as the Summer League tipped off its tournament format.
Brooklyn, which advanced to the second round, will face San Antonio at 3 p.m. PT Thursday in Cox Pavilion. The Spurs received a first-round bye.
Philadelphia plays in Friday's consolation against Houston at 1 p.m. PT Friday in Cox Pavilion.
Philadelphia played Wednesday without its rookie draft pick Jahlil Okafor, who was in Los Angeles attending the ESPY Awards. He was missed as the Nets started out leading 14-2.
The 76ers have had a hard time scoring all week in Las Vegas and they didn't get a player into double figures until midway through the fourth quarter when Scottie Wilbekin scored his 11th point of the game. Philadelphia was just 2-for-15 on 3-point attempts.
Conversely, the Nets were 64.3 percent from long distance Wednesday, hitting nine of 14 attempts. That ultimately proved to be the difference between playing Thursday or Friday for Brooklyn.
The Nets were comfortably ahead 43-28 at the half and stayed in control despite being outscored 27-15 in the third quarter. And with Ryan Boatright and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson not performing at the high level they had been earlier in the Summer League, Alexander and Hollins more than made up for it as both picked up the slack and made sure the Sixers wouldn't catch them.
The closest the 76ers got was 55-53 late in the third quarter. Wilbekin led Philadelphia with 11 points and J.P. Tokoto, Charles Jackson and Pierre Jackson all scored nine points apiece.
For Brooklyn, it was a very good start to the playoffs. Brown had 13 points through three quarters and added 10 in the fourth to get to his final total of 23.
In addition to the solid shooting, the Nets out rebounded the Sixers 41-38 and with no Okafor on the floor, Nets center Willie Reed took advantage, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Recap: Bucks 97, Rockets 93

If there was a time to get their first win of the Las Vegas Summer League, the tournament was a good one.
On Wednesday, the No. 24 Milwaukee Bucks (1-3) beat the No. 9 Houston Rockets (2-2), 97-93, in the tournament action opener at Cox Pavilion.
The Bucks jumped out to an early 27-21 lead in the first quarter. Kevin Jones, who played in the French Pro A League last season, scored 8 points with 3 rebounds in his first seven minutes. The team's leading scorer Sean Kilpatrick contributed six points in four minutes off the bench.
The Rockets scored 14 of their points in the paint. DJ Kennedy and Montrezl Harrell tallied six points apiece.
In the second quarter, Bucks first round pick Rashad Vaughn (17th overall) scored seven points while Jones added another six. Glen Rice, who appeared in five games for the Washington Wizards last season, also scored six points for the Rockets, but the Bucks held on to a 51-44 edge at halftime. The Bucks shot 5-for-5 from three-point range in the first half, while the Rocket struggled 1-for-10.
The Bucks remained in control through three quarters, 74-66, in spite of seven points from both Rice and second round pick Harrell.
Then the Rockets fought back. They trailed by as many as 13 points but took a one-point 75-74 lead with 7:40 to play off a Pierria Henry fast break layup. Tied up 88-88 with 2:40 left, the Bucks stretched their lead to six points before a Rice trey cut it to three with 6.7 seconds remaining. The Bucks, though, were able to hold on for a four-point win.
Kilpatrick led all players with 26 points (9-12 FG, 4-6 3PG, 4-7 FT). Vaughn added 23 points (7-17 FG, 3-6 3PG, 6-8 FT) and Jones had a near double-double (20 points, 9 rebounds).
For the Rockets, Alan Williams scored a team-high 17 points (7-11 FG, 8 rebounds). Harrell and Rice both added 16 points.
As the winner of the game, the Bucks will play the #8 Phoenix Suns Thursday at 1:00pm PST. The Rockets will play the loser of the Philadelphia 76ers - Brooklyn Nets game Thursday at 1:30pm PST.
Bucks Jabari Parker, whose rookie season ended due to an ACL injury, was at the game once again.

Recap: Suns 91, Jazz 82

Just one day after making his signing with the Phoenix Suns official, 13th overall pick Devin Booker played like a happy man Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Booker, just 18-years-old, had a career-high 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and 2-of-5 from 3-point range, adding six rebounds and two assists as Phoenix cruised to a 91-82 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Phoenix never trailed during the game, leading by as much as 19 in the fourth quarter.
Second-year forward T.J. Warren added 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting and center Alex Len had 8 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Phoenix.
Trey Lyles, who was selected 12th overall in this year's draft, had 10 points on a forgettable 3-of-10 shooting from the field and added four rebounds for the Jazz. The 19-year-old former teammate of Booker is averaging 10.3 points per game through his first four summer league contests, but is only shooting 35 percent from the floor.
JaJuan Johnson led the Jazz with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and nine rebounds off the bench. Three-year NBA veteran Jared Cunningham also had 13 points on 2-of-9 shooting and went 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
With the win, Phoenix (2-1) has Wednesday off before returning to action Thursday. Utah (1-2) will play Wednesday.

Recap: Celtics 101, Heat 69

The Boston Celtics concluded the first leg of the Las Vegas Summer League with an undefeated 3-0 record.
On Tuesday they beat the Miami Heat (1-2) with a 101-69 victory.
Jonathan Holmes continued his Summer League surge. He entered the game averaging 15.0 points in Las Vegas and scored nine in the first quarter alone to give the Celtics an early 22-16 lead. Holmes, who went undrafted out of the University of Texas, finished with 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3PG, 2-2 FT).
The Celtics scored 12 points in the paint in the first quarter. Although the Heat shot comparatively and outrebounded the Celtics, they committed five turnovers.
In the second quarter the Celtics outscored the Heat to take a 48-37 lead at halftime. The team got out and ran, scoring 11 fast break points in the first half. Celtics second round draft pick (45th overall) Marcus Thornton scored 12 points in seven minutes. For the Heat, undrafted forward Greg Whittington finished the half with 13 points.
The Heat tried to chip away at their deficit in the third quarter. They outscored the Celtics, 18-17, to get within 10 points. Josh Richardson, the Heat's second round pick (40th overall) scored seven points for the Heat during this stretch.
In the fourth quarter the Celtics led by more than 20 points to pull away. Marcus Thornton finished the game's high scorer with 21 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 FT, 9-9 FT). R.J. Hunter (13 points) and C.J. Fair (12 points) also scored in double digits. Whittington led the Heat with 18 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3PG, 3-3 FT) and 8 rebounds in the loss. Richardson finished with 11 points.
It was a quiet game for the high draft picks. Heat lottery pick Justise Winslow played just 10 minutes, posting five points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3PG, 2-2 FT) and grabbing three rebounds. Celtics first round pick Terry Rozier scored 7 points with 7 assists. He and last year's sixth overall pick Marcus Smart (0-3 3PG) combined for 4-for-21 from the field.
Chris Bosh watched the game from the stands with head coach Erik Spoelstra. Hassan Whiteside took in the game from the bench.
Jonas Jerebko was also in attendance. He-signed with the Celtics during free agency.

Recap: Knicks 84, Sixers 81

In a showdown between two of the NBA's top four draft picks, it was the New York Knicks getting the best of the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday in a back-and-forth overtime thriller, 84-81.
Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis, who was selected fourth overall by the Knicks on June 25, had just nine points, three rebounds and three assists, but added three blocks, including a timely rejection of Sixers center Jahlil Okafor in overtime.
Okafor, who was picked third overall by Philadelphia last month, had 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the floor and added six rebounds. Tuesday was the 19-year-old's fifth straight game with over 10 points and six rebounds to begin his NBA career.
Undrafted rookie forward Maurice Ndour led New York with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Second-year guard Cleanthony Early had 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added three assists. Both Ndour and Early scored dunks in the overtime period to put New York ahead.
Scottie Wilbekin scored a game high 26 points for the Sixers on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from 3-point range. The 22-year-old, who went undrafted out of Florida in the 2014 draft, was also 6-of-6 from the free throw line, including three with just one second left in regulation to tie the game.
But, after trailing by as much as 17 in the second quarter, New York slowly chipped away in the second half, even despite 18 second half points from Wilbekin.
With six seconds left in regulation, the Knicks took their biggest lead of the game on two made free throws from Porzingis.
On Philadelphia's last possession, Wilbekin was fouled by Porzingis shooting a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. Wilbekin hit all three to tie the score at 79-79 and force a two-minute overtime.
After an early overtime dunk by Ndour put New York up by two, Porzingis swatted away an Okafor layup attempt at the basket, resulting in a transition dunk for Early.
Wilbekin responded with a floating jump shot in the paint to cut New York's lead to two with six seconds to play.
After Porzingis hit one of two free throws to bring New York's lead back to three with four seconds left, Wilbekin had yet another chance to save the Sixers.
But after he almost stepped out-of-bounds, Wilbekin's fade-away three from the corner banged off the rim as time expired.
New York (3-0) next plays on Thursday, while Philadelphia (0-3) returns to action Wednesday.

Recap: Nets 87, Bulls 86

No lead is safe in Summer League.
The Chicago Bulls were up by nine points over the Brooklyn Nets with 1:03 to play Tuesday afternoon in Cox Pavilion. A minute was all the Nets needed to stage a comeback.
Ryan Boatright scored five points down the stretch, including a spin move floater that resulted in a game-winning three-point play to give the Nets the lead with 2.4 seconds left. The undrafted guard from the University of Connecticut finished with a game-high 21 points (4-9 FG, 2-7 FT, 11-12 FT).
A Nets win seemed unlikely for most of the game. The Bulls got off to a hot start behind Doug McDermott, who scored seven straight points for the Bulls to give them a 29-21 lead heading into the second quarter. The Bulls shot 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field in the first quarter.
The Bulls pushed their advantage to 48-36 at halftime. Their first round draft pick (22nd overall), Bobby Portis, grabbed seven rebounds in the second quarter.
The Nets wouldn't back down, though. They outscored the Bulls 26-17 in the third quarter with a balanced offensive team effort to cut the deficit to three points. The Nets nearly doubled their free throw attempts in the quarter with eight.
The intensity picked up in the fourth quarter, with the Nets edging out the Bulls 25-21 in the final 10 minutes to close out the game.
Boatright was the offensive standout on the Nets. The next leading scorer was Markel Brown with 14 points (6-14 FG).
For the Bulls, McDermott finished with a team-high 19 points (8-13 FG, 0-3 3PG, 3-6 FT). He entered the game averaging 15.5 points and 3.0 in his first two games. Last season McDermott appeared in 36 games as a rookie, posting 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds. He was limited by injuries, including arthroscopic right knee surgery.
Bulls first round pick Bobby Portis (22nd overall) nearly recorded a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrus McGee added 16 points off the bench.
The Nets concluded the first three games of Las Vegas Summer League 2-1, the Bulls 1-2. Tournament seeding will be released Tuesday evening.

Recap: Wizards 85, Mavericks 79

Washington Wizards center Jarrid Famous has yet to play in the NBA regular season, but he's making a case for himself through three games at the Las Vegas Summer League.
The 26-year-old led the Wizards with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds on Tuesday as Washington escaped the Dallas Mavericks, 85-79.
Five Wizards finished in double digit scoring, including forward Kelly Oubre Jr., the 15th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft.
Oubre, who spent just one season at the University of Kansas before turning pro, was 4-of-11 from the field and had six rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
Four-year NBA veteran Damion James added 15 points and four rebounds for Washington, and Scott Machado had 12 points, five assists and six rebounds of his own.
Dwight Powell led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-15 from field goal range and grabbed six rebounds for Dallas. The Stanford product, picked 45th overall in 2014, has been a bright spot for the lowly Mavericks this week, who fell to 0-3 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Through three games, the 23-year-old forward has amassed a team-high 60 points on 43 percent shooting from the field.
Washington led by as much as 17 in the third quarter, and shot 47.1 percent from the floor, compared to just 33.3 percent for Dallas.
Mavericks center Satnam Singh, who on June 25 became the first player from India ever selected in the NBA Draft, did not play on Tuesday.
Both Washington (1-2) and Dallas (0-3) will return to action Wednesday.

Recap: Spurs 79, Trail Blazers 75

The San Antonio Spurs pride themselves on playing basketball the right way.
And that carries over into the summer. Whether it's making the extra pass, communicating on defense or setting screens and getting deflections, the Spurs pride themselves on being a complete team.
Tuesday, San Antonio improved to 2-1 in the NBA Summer League, defeating Portland 79-75 as Jonathan Simmons' runner in the lane was good with 18.1 seconds to play broke a 75-75 tie and proved to be the game-winning basket.
The Blazers, who shot a higher percentage from the floor (50 percent) and out-rebounded San Antonio 32-22, had a chance to force overtime. But Pat Connaughton's baseline jumper with five seconds left was off the mark and the Spurs held on.
Kyle Anderson scored 19 points and Jarrell Eddie added 16 for the Spurs, who are being coached by Becky Hammon this week in Las Vegas. Noah Vonleh led Portland with 20 points.
Tuesday was the final day of pool play and both teams entered the day 1-1. The Summer League tournament begins Wednesday and both were playing for seeding, so the game still mattered.
Allen Crabbe, who has had a good week in Las Vegas and has led the Trail Blazers in scoring with a 19.5 average, helped get Portland off to a fast start. the former California guard scored seven of his 15 points in the first quarter as the Blazers took a 19-17 lead. Anderson, who has also had a good Summer League and has been San Antonio's leading scorer at 22.5 per game, kept the Spurs in contact with seven of his 17 points coming in the opening 10 minutes.
San Antonio took the lead in the second quarter on the strength of an 11-2 run to go up 28-21. They increased the lead to 33-24 as Shannon Scott scored five points off the bench to extend the Spurs' lead. The Blazers went on a late-quarter spurt of their own, outscoring San Antonio 7-1 but still trained at halftime, 34-31.
Portland eventually caught San Antonio, tying the game at 41 and again at 45 in the third quarter,. But the Spurs regained the lead and were up 51-48 headed into the final 10 minutes.
One of the Summer League's more interesting storylines has been guard Keith Bogans, who is playing for Portland and is attempting an NBA comeback at age 35. Bogans, an 11-year veteran, last played in the NBA in 2013. In two games with the Trail Blazers in Las Vegas, Bogans has failed to score. Tuesday, he had two assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes.

Recap: Jazz 91, Timberwolves 82

If the NBA Summer League had a home team, it would be the Los Angeles Lakers with the Utah Jazz right behind.
Monday, the Jazz came out energized in front of their fans, a good number who made the drive down Interstate 15 from Salt Lake City and the southern part of the state, and went wire-to-wire in defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-82 as Day 4 of the Summer League wrapped up at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Jared Cunningham led the Jazz (1-1) with 17 points off the bench. Adreian Payne led Minnesota (1-2) with 18 points.
The Timberwolves decided to keep Zach LaVine on the sidelines after LaVine averaged 22 points in Minnesota's first two games. He stuck around to watch Monday's game from the front row along with teammate Andrew Wiggins.
It didn't seem to matter early on as the Timberwolves led 13-10. But the Jazz rallied to lead 17-15 going into the second quarter and extended the lead to 29-19 over the first 3:20 of the quarter. Cunningham came off the bench to give Utah a lift with eight points in a 5:06 stretch and had 12 of his 17 points at intermission.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota's highly touted rookie center and the No. 1 overall pick in last month's NBA Draft, was looking to assert himself more offensively. He missed his first two shots, then hit a jump hook in the key. But it was more miss than hit for Towns and he would finish with 14 points, mostly on the strength of a 6-of-8 performance at the foul line, along with 10 rebounds.
Utah attacked Towns at the other end, playing physical and forcing him to defend in the low post. The Jazz closed out the final 5:25 of the half with a 16-10 spurt to lead 49-35 at halftime. Towns had six personal fouls (the Summer League limit is 10).
Minnesota attempted to climb back into it during the third quarter, cutting Utah's lead to 58-53 with 1:50 remaining thanks to an 11-2 spurt. But the Jazz were able to maintain its lead and were up 64-57 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Jazz will face Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. ET in the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday.

Recap: Raptors 95, Rockets 87

With Toronto's first-round pick Delon Wright sitting out of Monday's NBA Summer League game, it allowed another guard to take center stage.
Norman Powell, a former UCLA standout, continued to emerge as one of this year's most under-the-radar draft picks.
The 46th overall pick scored a team-high 19 points and had five rebounds to help the Raptors hold off a late surge by the Houston Rockets in a 95-87 win at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Powell was efficient in doing so, going 7-for-11 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. After his first three NBA pool-play games, the 6-foot-4-inch guard is averaging 19.3 points per game for the Raptors.
Gary Talton added 13 points, and Philip Scrubb scored 10 for Toronto, which got six points and 13 rebounds from 7-0 forward Lucas Nogueira. The Raptors had a 52-34 rebounding advantage over the Rockets.
Toronto, which led 41-36 at halftime, shot 33-for-69 (47.8 percent) from the field and finished the pool play a perfect 3-0 record.
Glen Rice scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Rockets. He was 7 of 18 from the floor and 3-for-9 from long distance. Rice became streaky in the fourth quarter, when he touched the ball on seemingly every possession and cut a once 18-point deficit to just three points (85-82 with 1:30 left).
Montrezl Harrell, a Louisville product, had 15 points and seven rebounds on 5 of 10 shooting for Houston. His free-throw shooting woes continued, as he was 5-for-12 from the line while playing 32 minutes.
Aubrey Coleman and D.J. Kennedy also scored 12 points apiece for the Rockets, who finished 26-for-77 (33.8 percent) from the floor and 7 of 24 (29.2 percent) from the 3-point line.
Toronto (3-0) and Houston (2-1) will both be awaiting their seeds for the start of single-elimination play, which starts Wednesday.