Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Recap: Jazz 72, Spurs 70

It wasn't as smooth as Monday's win over the Boston Celtics, but the Utah Jazz fought back from an early deficit to pull out a 72-70 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Both teams shot well below 40 percent from the field (Utah at 36.6 percent, San Antonio at 34.8 percent) while fighting the fatigue playing two games in as many days.
Rodney Hood scored a team-high 18 points for the Jazz, while Brock Motum and Chris Johnson also hit double digits with 10 points each.
San Antonio's Kyle Anderson hit his first five shots and eventually led all scorers with 25 points (on 8-for-14 from the field and 8-for-9 from the line), but he went only 1-for-4 in the fourth quarter and missed a layup attempt that would have tied the game with the clock winding down.
Rookie Treveon Graham scored 17 points and was the only other Spurs player to reach double figures.
Key Stretch
With the Jazz trailing 65-64 midway through the fourth quarter, J.J. O'Brien took the inbounds pass and dribbled out past the 3-point line, not realizing that the shot clock was running down. With the entire bench yelling "shoot it," O'Brien turned and launched a three that just beat the buzzer and hit nothing but net, giving the Jazz a two-point lead with just over four minutes left in the game.
After a bucket by Graham tied the game, Hood converted a three-point play with 3:09 left and then hit a floater in the lane at the 2:34 mark to make the score 72-68.
Tuesday's Best
Hood had a strong second half for the second straight night, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes. He took it upon himself to be the team's leader, and when they needed a bucket, he came through with the team's final five points down the stretch in a tight game.
Significant Stat
Eight?that's how many points the Spurs scored in the fourth quarter. After leading throughout the game, San Antonio went cold, going 3-for-15 from the field in the final 10 minutes.
Quote of the Night
"Rodney had a rough first half. Kyle Anderson was hot. He hit some tough shots. But Rodney kept driving and pushing, and he carried us in the end."
?Utah summer league head coach Alex Jensen
Notable
Danté Exum (ankle) did not play. ... The Jazz signed No. 12 overall pick Trey Lyles earlier in the day, but the rookie did not take the floor. The team has not announced whether he'll play Thursday or not.
Up Next
After a day off, both teams will play again on Thursday night. The Spurs will face the Boston Celtics at 5 p.m. MT, while the Jazz will take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m.

Recap: Sixers 76, Celtics 62

The Philadelphia 76ers came alive in the second half, outscoring the Boston Celtics 49-36 after halftime to come away with a 76-62 win Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Sixers are now 1-1 at the Utah Jazz Summer League, while the Celtics dropped to 0-2.
Jahlil Okafor, Richaun Holmes and Jordan McRae each scored a team-high 13 points for the Sixers, and Jerami Grant shook off Monday's shooting woes to score 12 points (on 4-for-4 shooting) in only 18 minutes.
Okafor was strong in the second half for the second straight game, scoring eight of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes.
Terry Rozier finished with a game-high 14 points for Boston, while C.J. Fair (10 points) was the only other Celtic in double figures. Boston played without point guard Marcus Smart, who scored a tournament-high 26 points on Monday night.
Key Stretch
Philadelphia went on a 14-6 run early in the third quarter behind Furkan Aldemir, who scored eight straight points (on two 3-pointers and a dunk) as the Sixers extended their lead from one to nine. The Celtics were never able to get back within striking distance.
Monday's Best
Philadelphia's front line of Okafor, Aldemir and Holmes was too much for Boston to handle. The trio combined for 37 points, 31 rebounds and five blocks, and they led the Sixers to a 55-35 rebounding advantage.
Aldemir filled up the box score with 11 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and three blocks (and six fouls). Holmes hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, threw down two powerful dunks and contested just about every shot at the rim on defense (blocking two).
Significant Stat
Boston was ice cold from the field, going 19-for-71 (26.8 percent) overall and 3-for-29 (10.3 percent) from 3-point range. Boston's starters not named Terry Rozier (James Young, Jonathan Holmes, Jordan Mickey and R.J. Hunter) combined to shoot 5-for-30 (16.7 percent) from the field.
Quote of the Night
"Furkan Aldemir is a world-class rebounder. You can just see it?he's going after every rebound. He ended up with 14 but probably had his hands on three or four more when guys came in a got the ball underneath him. He could've had like 20."
?Philadelphia summer league head coach Billy Lange
Up Next
After a day off, both teams will play again on Thursday night. The Celtics will face the San Antonio Spurs at 5 p.m. MT, while the Sixers will take on the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m.

Recap: Clippers 80, Thunder 63

The Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League offers young players the opportunity to make an impression on their respective squads.
The Clippers' Branden Dawson is doing his best to make the most of that chance.
Dawson continued to build on an extremely impressive summer league by posting 14 points and 11 rebounds in Los Angeles' 80-63 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
He also came away with four steals on a night where the Clippers forced the Thunder into 21 turnovers, which in turn led to 23 Los Angeles points.
"Branden's been a big surprise," Clippers swingman C.J. Wilcox said. "He's doing everything we need him to do."
The No. 56 overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers as he continues to make a positive impression on their staff and their players.
"I think he's been great," Wilcox added. "He came in here ready to go and he's playing hard and that's what we wanted him to do."
Wilcox did his own share of damage, firing off a game-high 22 points as he makes his case for more minutes and a more permanent place in Los Angeles' lineup next season.
"I'm just trying to stay aggressive," he explained. "And continuing to work on defense, because that's the biggest thing (Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers) looks for."
Nate Wolters, who has eclipsed double-digits in each of the Clippers' three summer league contests, added 12 points and five assists.
Oklahoma City's own second round selection Dakari Johnson put together another solid performance tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"I really like the effort he is bringing," Thunder Summer League coach Darko Rajakovic said. "He is doing a great job with his physicality."
The big man out of the University of Kentucky is just trying to prove to his team that he was worthy of the No. 48 overall selection in this year's draft by working extremely hard.
"I'm always trying to go for the offensive rebound," Johnson explained. "I'm an energized player, I like to crash the boards hard."
The Clippers (1-2) return to action on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET against the Heat, while the Thunder (2-1) have the day off before facing the Grizzlies on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Recap: Hornets 64, Nets 55

All it took was two big shots down the stretch to make up for an otherwise modest performance.
Aaron Harrison was 2-of-8 from the field and had just missed a pair of free throws before he converted on a driving layup and deep 3-pointer to help secure the Charlotte Hornets' 64-55 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League action on Tuesday.
Harrison finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. This stat line comes two days after he out-dueled his brother, Andrew, with 16 points and eight assists in a loss to the Grizzlies.
"He's a very confident player," Hornets Summer League coach Patrick Ewing said about Harrison. "He's doing a fantastic job. He's running the ball club. He's taking his shot when he has it and he's also sharing it with the other guys on the team."
Troy Daniels, who Charlotte acquired at the trade deadline last season as part of the Mo Williams deal with Minnesota, recorded 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Frank Kaminsky had his worst shooting performance to this point of Summer League. He made just 4-of-11 shots from the field, missed his only two 3-point attempts and finished with 11 points.
Fellow 2015 first round draft pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who the Nets acquired from the Blazers on draft night as part of the Mason Plumlee trade, didn't get into a rhythm either. He scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 21 minutes.
Charlotte (1-2) controlled the glass with a 52-35 rebounding advantage. The Hornets continue their Summer League play when they take on the Orlando Magic White squad on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. Brooklyn (0-3) is off Wednesday and returns to action on Thursday at 3 p.m. also against Magic White.

Recap: Grizzlies 73, Magic Blue 71

Rare is it ever the case where a basketball game ends in sudden-death fashion, but that's what it ultimately took to decide a back-and-forth, double-overtime game between the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Russ Smith hit a short floater in the lane after Jarnell Stoked outfought Orlando's Aaron Gordon for a rebound, giving Memphis a 73-71 victory in fourth-day action of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.
Smith scored 20 points and made nine of 12 shots, including a 3-pointer with 26.4 seconds left in regulation that forced the first overtime period. Facing off most of the day against former University of Louisville teammate Peyton Siva, Smith's high-arching shot just minutes into the second OT kept Memphis (3-0) undefeated in summer league play.
"I haven't had that (sudden death ending) since like fifth grade, I think,'' said Magic second-round pick Tyler Harvey, who had five points and two rebounds in nearly 12 minutes of action. "It's different, but it's a one-possession game and every shot matters. It was interesting.''
The Grizzlies were down as much as 17 points early in the game and trailed by 12 at intermission before launching a rally. Memphis wiped out 39-28 halftime deficit by outscoring the Magic 19-10 in the third quarter and starting the fourth period with a 10-0 run.
Orlando's second-half drought came to an end with a 9-0 spurt keyed by six points by Gordon and a Gordon assist for a Devyn Marble 3-pointer.
Orlando led 69-61 with 2 minutes left in regulation before the Grizzlies came storming back to tie the game and force the extra periods. Jordan Adams scored 15 points and Tony Crocket added 12. Stokes, a second-year pro out of the University of Tennessee, had nine points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Orlando's Gordon continued his breakout week at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League with a strong start and a stellar finish. Gordon made his first three shots, struggled through a one-of-10 drought and then pumped in 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Gordon, the summer league's leading scorer (21.7 points) and rebounder (11.7 boards), scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Orlando (1-2). Gordon made eight of 19 shots, drilled three 3-pointers and added seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. But Gordon was upset with himself for not coming up with the rebound that the muscular Stokes snatched away to set up Smith's sudden-death shot for the win.
"(The sudden-death format) kind of threw me off at the end,'' said Gordon, who said the last sudden-death basketball game he played in was in AAU. "When they missed the shot, I figured, 'Now, it's our turn.' But that's not how it works and you have to get the rebound. That's on me -- we didn't get the rebound and I hate losing.''
Magic standout point guard Elfrid Payton and No. 5 pick in the June 25th NBA Draft Mario Hezonja were given the day off and didn't play. Payton, who finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting this past season, started and played extensive minutes in the first two summer league games while averaging 5.5 points and 6.5 assists.
Hezonja, 20, could be done for the week as a precautionary measure. He's already played 53 games in the Spanish League and EuroLeague and he's set to play with the Croatian National Team in the Euro Basket tournament in September. Hezonja, a 6-foot-8, 218-pound small forward, hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Saturday's victory and he had two thunderous dunks in Monday's loss.
Clearly motivated by a sloppy, turnover-fill performance on Monday, Orlando played hard in the first half and led 39-28 at intermission. The Magic made 14 of 31 shots, including four 3-pointers -- more than made all of Monday.
For a third straight game, Gordon got off to a great start with an array of perimeter shots. Gordon, who came into the game averaging 21.5 points and 14 rebounds, scored 10 straight points in the first quarter of Saturday's game and he had 10 of the first 12 on Monday. On Tuesday, he scored Orlando's first seven points -- a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer, a finger roll after ball-faking from the perimeter and an elbow-extended pull-up jumper.
Siva, the former University of Louisville standout who spent all of last season in the Development League, took advantage of the starting opportunity with Payton being rested. Fighting to show the Magic that he is worthy of a training camp invite, Siva scored seven points and handed out six assists in the first half. More importantly, the Magic were a plus-11 on the scoreboard in his 14 minutes on the floor in the first two quarters.
Siva finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two steals in almost 32 minutes.