Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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.

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