The Utah Jazz Summer League tipped off as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 74-71 Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
With the game tied at 71-71 and the clock running down, San Antonio's Livio Jean-Charles swatted away a layup attempt by T.J. McConnell. Jean-Charles then ran the length of the court and finished an alley-oop layup to give the Spurs a two-point lead with 8.2 seconds left in the game.
Jahlil Okafor led all scorers with 20 points in his first game as a pro. Okafor went 10-for-22 from the field (and 0-for-4 from the line) and showed off the post game that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Dairis Bertans scored a team-high 19 points for the Spurs, while Cady Lalanne and Casper Ware scored 12 points each.
Jordan McRae (15 points) and Jerami Grant (13 points) also scored in double figures for the 76ers.
In a back-and-forth game, the Spurs closed things out on a 9-3 run to seal the victory. Back-to-back threes by Bertans and Ware with just over a minute left gave San Antonio a three-point lead, then Jean-Charles' layup proved to be the game-winner.
Bertans shot it well from beginning to end, scoring nine first-quarter points and finishing with 19 on 6-for-10 shooting (including 5-for-8 from 3-point range). The rookie from Latvia didn't even take a shot in the third quarter, but he came in and buried a corner three early in the fourth quarter to give the Spurs a 55-54 lead after they had trailed by 11 just a few minutes earlier. He also threw the alley-oop on the game-winning layup.
Despite being significantly undersized compared to Okafor, San Antonio's Jean-Charles and Lalanne (who both stand at 6-foot-9) held their own in the low post. Jean-Charles swatted six shots while Lalanne finished with two blocks of his own. As a team, the Spurs blocked 12 shots (compared to six by Philadelphia).
Quote of the Night
"That was kind of a lucky play?it was the only chance I had. If not, I would just fall out of bounds, so I threw it up and my teammate was there to get the ball and make it. It started before, though. We were down by 11 at one point and then it was just because of our hard defense. We stopped them and then we got a run."
?San Antonio's Dairis Bertans on the game-winning layup
Both teams will play again on Tuesday night. The Spurs will face the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m. MT, while the 76ers will take on the Boston Celtics at 5 p.m.