Monday, July 13, 2015

Recap: Pelicans 101, Bucks 89

New Orleans guard Seth Curry hasn't quite found a permanent home with an NBA team since going undrafted in the 2013 draft.
But the 6-foot-2-inch sharpshooter, who averaged 23.2 points in the D-League last season, could be on his way if he continues playing the way he did Friday afternoon.
Curry scored a game-high 30 points on 9-for-17 shooting to lead the New Orleans Pelicans by the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-89, in the opening game of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Curry, the younger brother of the league's reigning MVP, scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line, to help the Pelicans hang on for the wire-to-wire win.
The Duke graduate also had four assists and two steals while playing a game-high 30 minutes in front of new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, who sat beside Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd in the stands.
Sean Kilpatrick, a second-year shooting guard out of Cincinnati, led five Milwaukee players in double figures with 24 points on 6 of 14 shooting. Coming off the bench, Kilpatrick scored 15 points in the second half for the Bucks, who trailed by as many as 18 points early in the first quarter.
Rashad Vaughn, the Bucks' 17th overall pick, had 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in his NBA debut. The former UNLV guard shot 5-for-14 from the field, including a 0-for-4 mark from the 3-point line for Milwaukee, which trailed 29-13 after the first quarter and 48-42 at halftime.
The Pelicans, who didn't have a first-round pick in this year's draft because they traded it for Omer Asik last summer, also got strong contributions from forward Victor Rudd (17 points, six rebounds), forward Fuquan Edwin (16 points, two steals) and guard Larry Drew II (11 points, six assists, six rebounds, three steals).
The Pelicans shot 38-for-69 from the field (55.1 percent) and were 11 of 29 from the 3-point line. The Bucks finished 33 of 70 (47.1 percent) shooting, but were just 3 of 17 from long distance.
Kevin Jones had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who got 12 points apiece from Cameron Clark and Jerome Randle. Randle also had three assists for Milwaukee.
Both teams return to action on Sunday as New Orleans faces the Brooklyn Nets at 1:30 p.m. The Bucks will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 1 p.m.

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