It remains one of basketball's most intense rivalries and whenever the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers face each other, it usually results in a hard-fought battle.
Sunday, the teams squared off in the NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center and though Boston held a third-quarter double-digit lead, the Sixers cut into the deficit and pulled within two before ultimately falling to the Celtics, 85-76.
With Terry Rozier leading the way with 22 points and R.J. Hunter adding 21, Boston improved to 2-0. The Celtics placed four players in double figures. In addition to Rozier and Hunter, Jordan Mickey added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jonathan Holmes had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The 76ers rested top draft pick Jahlil Okafor Sunday while the Celtics held out second-year players Marcus Smart and James Young. Smart got the day off while Young is nursing a hip injury.
The Celtics led by as many as 15 in the third quarter as Philadelphia had a tough time generating any consistent offense. Without Okafor, there was nobody to get the ball inside to and take some of the pressure off the perimeter shooting.
But the Sixers battled back and pulled within 70-68 with just under four minutes remaining after Pierre Jackson hit a 3-point field goal.
However, the Celtics answered with an 11-2 run to lead 81-70 with 28.9 seconds left.
Philadelphia (0-2), which was led by Scotty Wilbekin's 19 points and 13 from JaKarr Sampson, needed a little more offense. The Sixers have struggled to put points up on the board so far in the Summer League, scoring just 60 in their opening game Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. And while 76 points is an improvement, the team obviously could have used a little more shooting.
Boston had 17 second-chance points as the Celtics out rebounded the 76ers 45-42. Arsalan Kazemi had 13 rebounds for Philadelphia.
The Celtics play again Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET vs. Miami at Cox Pavilion. The 76ers are back in action in the Summer League at 5:30 p.m. ET Tuesday against the New York Knicks in the Thomas & Mack.
Though the NBA Summer League traditionally spotlights rookies and second-year players, Sunday's matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks was a battle of more seasoned NBA up-and-comers.
Third-year Blazers guard Allen Crabbe, who was selected 63rd overall in the 2013 draft, scored a team-high 24 points on 9-of-13 field goal shooting and 3-of-4 from 3-point range as Portland rolled Dallas, 93-80.
Tim Frazier, the 2014 NBA Development League MVP and Rookie of the Year, added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and five rebounds for Portland. The formerly undrafted guard out of Penn State had also had a game-high eight assists and grabbed five rebounds.
19-year-old forward Noah Vonleh, selected ninth overall in the 2014 draft, scored 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 5-of-7 from the free throw line to go with seven rebounds.
35-year-old Keith Bogans, who played 11 combined seasons for eight different teams, also played 15 minutes off the bench for the Blazers.
Portland had a 48-32 advantage at the half and led by as much as 21 with just under four minutes to play.
With the game well out-of-reach in the fourth quarter, third-year Mavericks forward Dwight Powell scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the final period to go with a game-high eight rebounds. The 23-year-old Stanford alumnus was 7-of-16 from the field, 4-of-12 from 3-point range and 7-of-10 from the free throw line for Dallas.
Portland (1-1) has Monday off and next plays against San Antonio on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET. Dallas (0-2) is also off Monday, and faces Washington on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in town Sunday to watch the Golden State Warriors. But the ring ceremony for the world champions will have to wait until the fall.
The Warriors' Summer League team was in action and Silver, who is in Las Vegas for Tuesday's Board of Governors meeting, had a courtside seat to watch Atlanta defeat the Warriors, 71-70.
Glenn Robinson III's free throw with 25.3 seconds left proved to be the difference as the Hawks evened their Summer League record at 1-1. LaDontae Henton had a wide-open look at the end to win it for Golden State (1-1), but his 3-point try rimmed out.
The Warriors, who were the 2013 Summer League champions, are looking to regain the title in 2015. But the Hawks tested Golden State Sunday. The Warriors started slowly, missing their first five 3-point shots. But by quarter's end, led 15-14 as the Hawks were only slightly better from the perimeter (1-for-4).
Atlanta proved to be a pesky foe, staying within contact in the second quarter and led 28-27 with 3:21 to go. At halftime, the Hawks remained ahead 32-30.
With the game tied at 35 in the third quarter, Golden State, led by James Michael McAdoo, went on a 15-9 spurt to lead 50-44 late in the period.
The Hawks proved to be resilient. They rallied to lead 59-58 as Stephen Holt's layup with just over six minutes remaining put Atlanta back in front. Holt, a guard from Saint Mary's, had 13 points. After an empty possession by the Warriors, Atlanta's Terran Petteway connected on a 3-pointer as the Hawks increased their lead to 62-58.
But Golden State used a 12-6 mini-spurt to regain the lead, 70-68 with 57.1 seconds left. But Holt answered with a running one-hander in the lane to pull Atlanta even at 70 with 42 seconds to go. Aaron Craft then turned it over the following possession and Glenn Robinson III was fouled with 25.3 remaining. He made one of two free throws to put Atlanta back in front, 71-70. Robinson also finished with 13 points.
Atlanta had an opportunity to extend its lead in the final seconds as Lamar Patterson was fouled with 11 seconds remaining. But he missed both free throws and the Warriors had the opening they were looking for.
Henton, who had 13 points, tried to be the hero for Golden State, but he was unable to come through. McAdoo led the Warriors with 17 points.
The Warriors will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. PT Monday against Sacramento in the Thomas & Mack. The Hawks play the D-League Select at 3 p.m. Monday in Cox Pavilion.
If the Denver Nuggets' first two games of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas are a sign of things to come this season, it's going to be a very productive year for rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.
Mudiay, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, followed an 11-point NBA debut on Friday with game-highs of 19 points and 10 assists on Sunday, adding three rebounds in a 98-76 win over the Sacramento Kings.
The 19-year-old, who played professionally in China last season, has been anything but trigger-shy in his first two NBA games. Mudiay has attempted a total of 30 shots from the field, converting 12 of them. After hitting just one free throw on Friday, Mudiay went 4-for-7 from the foul line on Sunday.
Sacramento center Willie Cauley-Stein, who was picked sixth overall in this year's draft, had 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor. The 21-year-old 7-footer played 22 minutes, but recorded just one rebound.
Third-year guard Ian Clark added 19 points for Denver on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Erick Green, who appeared in 43 games for the Nuggets last year, had 16 points. Seven Nuggets players finished with double-figure scoring totals on Saturday.
After close first half, Denver pulled away early in the third quarter. Leading 51-44 at the break, Denver got 11 points, including three triples from Clark in the third, and another from starting guard Gary Harris to build a 17-point lead by the end of the quarter.
Denver (2-0) faces Miami on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Sacramento (0-2) plays Golden State on Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Becky Hammon led San Antonio Spurs (1-1) recorded their first win at the 2015 NBA Summer League with a 89-74 decision over the Milwaukee Bucks (0-2) Sunday afternoon at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Spurs took control of the contest with a 12-3 run late in the second quarter that erased a six-point deficit.
Moments after Rashad Vaughn, the 17th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft and UNLV Runnin' Rebel alum, sank a 3-pointer to give the Bucks' their largest lead of the game with 3:10 left in the first half, San Antonio made its move. The Spurs outscored the Bucks 17-8 to close out the second frame with six points apiece from Kyle Anderson and Jarrell Eddie. Jonathan Simmons and Will Cherry pitched in three and two scores, respectively.
San Antonio carried a three-point lead, 39-36, into intermission and save for two free throws by Milwaukee's Damien Inglis, which opened up the third stanza, never came close to relinquishing its lead. In fact, the Spurs held a double-digit advantage for the final 12:19 of the affair.
Both sides made 28 field goals in the game, but the biggest difference was where the shots were taken. San Antonio held a 12-5 edge -- 36-15 points -- in made 3-pointers, while Milwaukee was tops in points in the paint with a 14-point advantage (32-18).
Anderson was the only player in the contest to crack the 20-point barrier with 22 off a 5-for-12 day from the field. He sank both attempted treys and 10 of 11 free throws.
Eddie and Simmons notched double figures, as well, with the former scoring 15 to the latter's 13.
Milwaukee had a balanced score sheet as Vaughn, Jorge Gutierrez, Sean Kilpatrick and Cameron Clark recorded 11 points each. Micheal Eric was close behind with 10 of his own.
The Bucks will switch over to the Cox Pavilion for a tilt with the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. PT. The Spurs return to action Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. PT versus the Portland Trail Blazers in the Cox Pavilion.
Toronto guards Delon Wright and Norman Powell had their fair share of battles playing in the Pacific-12 Conference the past couple of years.
Both made impacts for the same team on Sunday in the Raptors' second game of the NBA Summer League.
Wright and Powell combined for 29 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in an 81-66 win over the Chicago Bulls at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Powell, the 46th pick of this year's draft, led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds on 7-for-11 shooting. The former UCLA standout scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half to extend the team's 42-28 halftime lead.
Wright, the 20th pick out of Utah, scored eight of his 10 points in the first quarter, but only finished 3-for-9 from the field. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 20 minutes.
Wright and Powell, who were both named to the all-Pac-12 first team last season, will be looking to make strong contributions in their rookie years.
Drew Crawford added 13 points, Bruno Caboclo notched 11 points, and Ronald Roberts scored 10 and had eight rebounds for the Raptors, who led by as many as 19 points.
Toronto finished 31-for-75 from the field (41.3 percent) and 5 of 18 (27.8 percent) from long distance.
Doug McDermott, the 11th pick in the 2014 draft, led the Bulls with 11 points. After missing his first six shot attempts, McDermott settled down and made four straight buckets in a span of just over a minute in the third quarter.
Cameron Bairstow had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which got five points and six rebounds from 22nd pick Bobby Portis.
Portis, an Arkansas product, struggled mightily in his second NBA game, going 1-for-10 from the floor and committing three turnovers in 27 minutes.
The Bulls went 22 of 70 (31.4 percent) from the field and were 3 of 24 (12.5 percent) from the 3-point line.
Toronto returns to action on Monday, when it faces the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m. Chicago will meet the Brooklyn Nets at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The Houston Rockets (2-0) could not have gotten off to a better start in their 2015 NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns (1-1) Sunday afternoon at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Lone Star State squad jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first 121 seconds and built a 17-point edge less than halfway through the first quarter en route to a 108-89 victory.
The Rockets' 13-point outburst was sparked by eight points off 3-of-4 shooting from the field and five more tallies from the free-throw line. Glen Rice was responsible for four of the points, while D.J. Kennedy and Will Cummings chipped in four apiece.
Phoenix, on the other hand, was hindered by a turnover as a result of an offensive foul after the opening tip and a 0-for-4 start from the field.
The opening frame ended with Houston leading by 11. That advantage jumped to 14 early in the second quarter, but dwindled to two behind a 16-4 run in less than four minutes by the Suns. Mike James and Justin Harper combined for 11 of those points.
With the game separated by one possession, the Rockets' offense awoke and rattled off a 14-4 run of their own to put double digits between themselves and the Suns.
Phoenix managed to pull within four on three occasions late in the third quarter only to see Houston counter and ultimately lead by as much as 25 with 2:50 remaining in regulation.
The Rockets had six players reach double figures in scoring with 21 from Kennedy and 20 more from Rice. Cummings ended with 18, while Alan Williams had 16. Montrezl Harrell and Christian Wood had 11 apiece.
T.J. Warren paced the Suns with a game-high 22 points, while Archie Goodwin and James chipped in 20 and 10, respectively.
Houston returns to action Monday with a 7:00 p.m. ET affair against the Toronto Raptors in the Cox Pavilion, while Phoenix will face the Utah Jazz Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the TMC.
Scotty Hopson has spent the better portion of his five-year professional career in Europe and in the D-League.
The 6-foot-7-inch forward is hoping that changes after the NBA Summer League, where he is making a strong case for some extended NBA time.
Hopson, who has played in two NBA games with the Cavaliers, scored a team-high 20 points Sunday in the D-League Select's 94-74 win over the Washington Wizards at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
It was the second time in two games Hopson has led the D-League Select in scoring, as he dropped 27 points in a loss to the Rockets on Friday. His performance on Sunday comes on another strong shooting performance.
The former Tennessee standout finished 7-for-10 from the field and went 1-for-2 from the 3-point line. He also was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line for the D-League Select, which held a 50-33 lead at halftime.
Romero Osby, a former Oklahoma standout, added 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting. He went 4-for-5 from long distance and had six rebounds.
Second-year swingman Casey Prather, a Florida product, contributed 13 points and eight rebounds for the D-League Select, which shot 34 of 71 (47.9 percent) from the field and 8 of 19 (42.1 percent) on 3-pointers. After overcoming a seven-point deficit in the first quarter, the D-League Select never trailed again and led by as many as 24 points.
Washington's Kelly Oubre Jr., the 15th overall pick, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, but shot 5-for-17 from the field while playing a game-high 32 minutes. The rookie out of Kansas showed a great deal of potential, but also struggled at times. He failed to make a 3-pointer on five attempts and committed three turnovers and six fouls.
The Wizards didn't fare much better from the floor, shooting 18 of 72 (25.0 percent). Jarrid Famous, who spent time in the D-League and Philippines last season, led Washington with 21 points. The center also pulled down 10 rebounds and had three steals.
The D-League Select's Hasheem Thabeet, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, notched four points and three rebounds before he was ejected late in the second quarter for arguing a foul call. Thabeet was issued back-to-back technical fouls.
The D-League Select returns to action Monday, when it faces the Atlanta Hawks at 3 p.m. Washington will play at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks.
Despite missing 10th overall pick Justise Winslow in Saturday's lineup, the Miami Heat fared just fine in their first game of the Las Vegas Summer League. Instead, it was a second-rounder and an undrafted rookie that led the Heat Saturday over the Utah Jazz.
40th overall pick Josh Richardson had 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks for Miami, who is now 6-0 in the 2015 Summer League after winning all five games in Orlando earlier this week. The 21-year-old University of Tennessee product commanded the Heat offense with precision, turning the ball over just once in over 28 minutes on the floor.
Undrafted Miami signing Gabriel Olaseni also impressed on both ends of the floor, scoring 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, grabbing seven rebounds and limiting the Jazz's 12th overall pick, Trey Lyles, to just 8 points. Greg Whittington added 13 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the Heat.
Second-year guard Bryce Cotton, who played 15 games for Jazz last season, led all scorers with 28 points on 8-for-15 shooting and 10-for-11 from the free throw line. Utah's primary scoring threat without regular starters Rodney Hood (right shoulder) and Dante Exum (left ankle), Cotton also grabbed 5 rebounds and had four assists.
Besides Cotton, only Chris Johnson, who averaged seven points for the Jazz in two games last season, reached double figures in scoring for Utah on Saturday.
Though Miami led throughout the entire second half, the game was close until the final buzzer. Utah was able to cut Miami's lead down to one midway in the third quarter, and three in the final minute.
Miami (1-0) has Sunday off before facing Denver on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Utah (0-1) is also off Sunday, and next plays Minnesota on Monday at 10:30 p.m.
The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers gave the fans in UNLV's Cox Pavilion an exciting conclusion to Saturday's action at the 2015 NBA Summer League. Brooklyn's Markel Brown sank two of three free throws with two seconds remaining in regulation to flip a one-point deficit into a one-point edge in a 76-75 decision.
The game featured eight lead changes and three of those came in the final 2:01 of play. Brooklyn's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was responsible for the first of the trio with a dunk at 72-71, while the other two occurred within one second of each other in the final seconds.
Cleveland appeared to have sealed the game with a pair of free throws by D.J. Seeley with three seconds on the clock until Brown was fouled on a 3-point attempt a second later. Brown received the ball in the right corner and fired up an attempt. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the referees ruled that Joe Harris fouled Brown in the act of shooting.
Brown's shots from the charity stripe didn't end the excitement, as Harris missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Nets led by as much as 10 points in the first quarter only to see the Cavaliers outscore their opposition 49-31 beginning with three seconds left in the opening stanza through the end of the third. Brooklyn owned the fourth with a 21-12 advantage in scoring.
Brooklyn was paced by 16 points by Ryan Boatright and 15 more from Rondae-Jefferson, the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Brown chipped in 11 points, while Willie Reed registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Cleveland got a double-double from Jerrelle Benimon, who combined 12 rebounds -- 11 of which were on the defensive end -- with 11 points for the feat. Seeley also had 11 points in the losing effort.
Both squads will have Sunday off before returning to action Monday afternoon. The Cavaliers will face the Milwaukee Bucks at 1:00 p.m. PT in the Cox Pavilion, while the Nets take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 1:30 p.m. PT next door in the Thomas & Mack Center.
In a feature matchup between two of this year's top three NBA draft picks, both Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell reminded the basketball world on Saturday just why they were selected so high.
Okafor, picked third, finished with game-highs of 19 points, 11 rebounds and three assists for the 76ers. Saturday was just the latest in a series of encouraging games for the 19-year-old rookie center, which include an 18-point, 10-rebound NBA debut on July 6 and a 13-point, nine-rebound outing on July 7.
After an underwhelming NBA debut with only eight points and seven turnovers for the Lakers on Friday, Russell had 14 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds and three assists on Saturday. The second overall pick also shot 6-for-9 from the free throw line.
Second-year Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson was equally, if not more impressive, than his rookie teammate Saturday. The 23-year-old had 19 points on 8-for-16 field goal shooting and four rebounds. Clarkson, who played a game high 34 minutes, also lead all players in the Summer League's newly-implemented "Hustle Stats."
The game featured 11 lead changes and was hotly contested through its final minutes.
Trailing by four with just over 10 seconds left, Pierre Jackson, who had 15 points on 5-for-11 field goal shooting for the 76ers, launched a 25-foot 3-pointer off the backboard.
Russell grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and hit two free throws to effectively put the nail in the coffin.
After playing two consecutive nights, Los Angeles (1-1) has Sunday off before returning to action against the New York Knicks on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Philadelphia (0-1) faces the Boston Celtics Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The Boston Celtics (1-0) opened up their 2015 NBA Summer League schedule with an impressive 85-76 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) Saturday at UNLV's Cox Pavilion. The Celtics, who trailed by six points early in the first quarter, took control of the contest behind a 39-13 outburst that covered the middle portion of the first half.
Marcus Smart, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was the primary catalyst for Boston's offensive explosion with three consecutive 3-pointers. Smart contributed another trey later on to close out the first quarter with 12 points. For the game, the Oklahoma State alum had a team-best 19 points off of 5-for-17 shooting from the field.
Boston's Royce O'Neale had the go-ahead layup with less than three minutes remaining in the opening stanza. O'Neale's only basket of the affair began an 11-0 run that turned a one-point deficit into a nine-point lead.
The Celtics closed the first quarter with a 10-point lead and outscored the Trail Blazers by eight more in the second to own an 18-point cushion (51-33) after two stanzas of action. The lead grew to 20 moments into the third off a jumper from Jonathan Holmes.
Portland's offense awoke after that Holmes' basket. The Trail Blazers rattled off 24 of the next 33 points to pull within five with a minute left in the frame. They got as close as four with 7:29 remaining in regulation, but Boston quickly pushed the edge back to double digits less than two minutes later.
The Trail Blazers held advantages in field goal shooting (41.3 percent to 35.3 percent) and 3-point shooting (42.9 percent to 25.9 percent) as well as points in the paint (30-22), second-chance points (16-12) and fastbreak points (16-5).
The affair featured a pair of players with double-doubles as Boston's Jordan Mickey combined 15 points with 10 rebounds to Portland's Malcolm Thomas' pairing of 13 points and 10 boards.
Besides Smart's and Mickey's outputs, Holmes pitched in 15 points to 13 and 12 from Ralph Sampson III and R.J. Hunter, respectively.
Allen Crabbe (15 points) and Tim Frazier (11) joined Thomas in double figures for Portland.
Both squads return to action Sunday with the Trail Blazers facing Dallas Mavericks at 7:00 pm PT in the Cox Pavilion, while the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers square off at 7:30 pm PT in the Thomas & Mack Center.
Both the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves have to feel confident with their first-round draft selections through two days in the Las Vegas Summer League.
22nd overall pick Bobby Portis starred in his NBA debut Saturday, scoring a game-high 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the floor and adding seven rebounds for the Bulls.
Though his 27 minutes were the least of the five Chicago starters, Portis was easily the most efficient player for Chicago as they beat the Timberwolves, 84-71.
First overall selection Karl-Anthony Towns scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots Saturday for Minnesota, adding to his 12 point, three board debut Friday. The 19-year-old center faced double teams throughout the evening, but managed to shoot 4-for-11 from the field.
24th pick Tyus Jones scored 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting and was 6-for-8 from the free throw line.
Second-year swingman Zach LaVine scored 20 and forward Adreian Payne had 16 for Minnesota, who shot just under 32 percent as a team for the field. Bulls sophomore Doug McDermott, who saw limited playing time last season as a rookie, posted 20 points on 9-for-16 shooting, and added five rebounds.
Chicago (1-0) returns to action Sunday against the Toronto Raptors at 6 p.m. ET. Minnesota (1-1) faces Utah on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
The Phoenix Suns (1-0) used an 11-0 first-quarter run to distance themselves from the Washington Wizards (0-1) in an 86-77 decision Saturday afternoon at UNLV's Cox Pavilion. Archie Goodwin and T.J. Warren scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, to pace the Suns who led by as much as 16 in the opening contest for both squads at the 2015 NBA Summer League.
The Wizards jumped out of the gates with five of the game's first seven points -- all of which were scored by Jarrid Famous, who most recently played for GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippines -- only to see the Suns get two points each from Goodwin and Alex Len and a 3-pointer from Alec Brown.
Following a jumper off the glass from the Wizards' Kelly Oubre, the 15th overall pick at the 2015 NBA Draft, that evened the score at 7-all, Phoenix rattled off 11 straight points from the hot hands of Warren and Devin Booker, who was picked two spots ahead of Oubre. The former had six points to the latter's five.
The Suns maintained close to a double-figure advantage for the majority of the affair save for a brief 14-4 run by the Wizards that occurred in a span of 5:38 from the end of the third quarter to the start of the fourth.
With its lead shaved to four and 7:42 remaining in the game, Phoenix went on another outburst of its own. In a matter of 2:32, the Suns outscored the Wizards 13-5 for an insurmountable 12-point edge.
Len and Booker rounded out the Suns' quartet in double digits with their 17- and 12-point efforts, respectively.
Oubre led all Wizards with 20 points, while Famous, Scott Machado and Scott Suggs contributed 10 apiece.
Both teams are scheduled to return to action Sunday. Washington will square off against the D-League Select at 1:00 pm PT in the Cox Pavilion, while Phoenix faces Houston at 1:30 pm PT in the Thomas & Mack Center.
If the New York Knicks' Summer League opener is any indication of the season to come, things might not be so bad after all. In a much-anticipated NBA debut, 4th overall pick Kristaps Porzingis showed promising signs for the team's future.
In only 18 minutes, Porzingis notched 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and made 6-of-7 attempts from the free throw line. The 7-foot 3-inch forward from Latvia went to the locker room in the second quarter with a right hip injury, but returned less than five minutes later.
Second-year guard Cleanthony Early, who played a growing role for the Knicks last season, had a team-high 18 points and three assists for the Knicks, and also grabbed five rebounds.
San Antonio's Kyle Anderson led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Teammate Jonathan Simmons added 15 points and six rebounds.
Down 76-73 with six seconds to play, Spurs swingman Jarrell Eddie rimmed out an open 3-pointer to tie the game.
New York (1-0) returns to action Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers at 8 p.m. ET. San Antonio (0-1) faces the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday at 6 p.m.
One day after cruising to a 12-point victory in their first outing at the 2015 NBA Summer League, the New Orleans Pelicans (2-0) had to play all 48 minutes Saturday afternoon in their 90-86 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks (0-1) at UNLV's Cox Pavilion.
The Pelicans led by as much as 11 points on three different occasions in the second quarter before they staved off a pesky Mavericks side that pulled even at 76-all with 5:17 remaining in the contest. New Orleans regained its lead 16 seconds later when Khem Birch, who suited up for UNLV from 2012-14, sank a pair of free throws. Birch pushed the lead to four points with a dunk after a 2:25 dry spell between the two offenses.
New Orleans' advantage sat at six points with 51 seconds remaining in the bout until Justin Anderson, the 21st pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, connected on three straight free throws and made a layup in a span of 35 seconds. Anderson finished the game with a team-high 23 points off 8-for-18 shooting from the field.
With the teams separated by only one point, 87-86, with 14 seconds on the clock, Seth Curry capped off his 25-point performance with a pair of successful free throws. Twelve seconds later, Victor Rudd drained one of two free throws to make it a two-possession affair after he was fouled rebounding a would-be game-tying 3-pointer by Anderson.
With 2-point and 3-point shooting nearly equal, the main difference between the two sides was at the free-throw line. New Orleans held a nine-point edge on points from the charity stripe. In all, the Pelicans were 21-for-24 compared the Mavericks' 12-for-15.
Besides Curry's output, the Pelicans received 14 points from Fuquan Edwin and 10 more from Bryce Dejean-Jones -- a former teammate of Birch's at UNLV.
Dallas' Dwight Powell had the game's only double-double behind a combination of 19 points and 13 rebounds -- 11 of which were of the defensive variety. Joining Anderson and Powell in double digits for the Mavericks were Maalik Wayns and Jordan Crawford with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Mavericks return to the Cox Pavilion Sunday for a 7:00 pm PT meeting against the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Pelicans return to action Monday in the Thomas & Mack Center at 1:30 pm PT versus the Brooklyn Nets.
It can be the NBA Finals or the NBA Summer League. The Golden State Warriors appear to have the Cleveland Cavaliers' number. The reigning world champs seem ready to make a run at a second summer league title and the Warriors started off well Friday, defeating the Cavs 83-75 at the Thomas & Mack Center to close out the opening day of the 2015 NBA Summer League.
With James Michael McAdoo and Ognjen Kuzmic leading the way, the Warriors built a 42-33 halftime lead. The Cavaliers were their own worst enemy, committing 17 first-half fouls and making just 1 of 7 from 3-point range.
The Cavs got as close as 71-67 with 3:57 remaining. But the Warriors were able to extend it as Aaron Craft beat the shot clock on the next possession and nail a 3-point field goal from the top of the key.
McAdoo finished with 20 points and Kuzmic had 14 as the Warriors are looking to recapture the summer league title they won in 2013.
The Cavaliers (0-1) committed 39 personal fouls in a 40-minute game, a huge number. Tyler Haws had 12 points off the bench to lead Cleveland. Keifer Sykes added 11 for the Cavs, who were out rebounded 36-34 and committed 16 turnovers.
Golden State didn't get a whole lot from its bench but it didn't need the help as McAdoo and the other starters took care of things,. Both starting guards Aaron Craft and Michael Frazier had nine points each. Dominique Sutton had nine points off the bench for the Warriors, who won the summer league title in 2013.
First-round pick Kevon Looney, who the Warriors took with the final selection of the first round in last month's NBA Draft, played 15 minutes and finished with five points on 2-of-6 shooting and going 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Looney, who played one year at UCLA before turning pro, did grab six rebounds and had one steal and one turnover.
Cleveland shot just 39 percent from the floor and was only 6 of 22 from long distance. The Cavs' starters managed just 29 points total though Jerrelle Benison had 10 rebounds to lead both teams in that category.
The Cavaliers are back on the court Saturday as they face Brooklyn in Cox Pavilion at 7 p.m. (PST). Golden State is off Saturday and plays Atlanta at 5:30 p.m. (PST) Sunday in the Thomas & Mack.
The Houston Rockets went into their first NBA Summer League game knowing two of their coveted 2015 NBA draft picks would not be playing.
It didn't stop them, though, from coming out on top Friday night.
Led by Alan Williams' game-high 27 points, the Rockets defeated NBA D-League Select, 111-104, in the last game of the night at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Williams, an undrafted rookie forward out of UC Santa Barbara, filled the void of forwards Sam Dekker (No. 18 pick) and Montrezl Harrell (No. 32 pick), who didn't play because of a "coach's decision." Dekker was in street clothes on the Rockets' bench, alongside former Arizona standout Nick Johnson.
Williams, who led the NCAA in rebounding the last two seasons, scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half to give the Rockets a 55-49 lead at the break.
He also pulled down 10 rebounds, including four on offense, and had three assists in 27 minutes of action. He finished 10 of 18 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Glen Rice, the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 NBA Summer League, added 20 points and six rebounds for the Rockets, who got 14 points apiece from Will Cummings and D.J. Kennedy.
Christian Wood, an undrafted forward out of UNLV, had nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in his NBA debut. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field for the Rockets, who shot 40-for-73 (54.8 percent) from the floor and led by as many as 19 points in the contest.
Former Tennessee standout Scotty Hopson led the NBA D-League Select with 27 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He aggressively drove the lane all night and made it a point to get to the free-throw line, as he finished 10 of 12 from the stripe.
Taylor Griffin, the older brother of Clippers forward Blake Griffin, provided 15 points for the NBA D-League Select, and teammate Justin Dentmon scored 14. Joe Jackson and Matt Bouldin each added 11 points for the NBA D-League Select, which finished 33 of 76 (43.4 percent) from the field.
Both teams return to action on Sunday as Houston faces the Phoenix Suns at 1:30 p.m. The NBA D-League Select team will take on the Washington Wizards at 1 p.m.
The much anticipated showdown between the top two picks from last month's NBA Draft took place Friday on the opening day of the NBA Summer League. But not without a bit of hand-wringing.
Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick, was no problem as the former Kentucky star had signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. But D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall selection, didn't sign his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers until Friday afternoon, just hours before the teams tipped off at the Thomas & Mack Center.
But the top picks were overshadowed by an emerging star ? Minnesota's Zach LaVine. The NBA Slam Dunk champion did have an alley-oop dunk in the second quarter but showed a lot of versatility in his offense, finishing with 24 points as the Timberwolves defeated the Lakers 81-68.
More than 12,000 fans filled the Thomas & Mack and officials had to open parts of the balcony to accommodate the large crowd that wanted a first look at the two top picks.
Russell seemed more at ease than Towns as he was filling the facilitator role Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak perceives him having. He had four first-half assists and probably should have had a couple more had his teammates' shots fallen. Russell played 26 minutes and finished with six assists along with eight points.
Towns, the 6-foot-11 center from Kentucky who was the top pick overall, had just six points and only one rebound in the first half. But he too picked up the pace in the second half, looking a little more comfortable and finishing with 12 points and three boards along with four assists in 31 minutes.
Another Kentucky alumnus ? Julius Randle ? played in his first organized basketball game since breaking his right leg on opening night last October. Randle appeared aggressive as he attacked the basket and was willing to mix it up underneath and not shy away from contact. He finished with 11 points in 21 minutes Friday.
The Lakers led 27-23 early in the second quarter but Minnesota rallied behind LaVine and led 41-35 at halftime. With the teams tied at 56 with just over seven minutes remaining, the Lakers edged ahead, 59-56. But the Timberwolves answered with a 15-3 run to lead 71-62 with 2:33 to play.
Denver point guard Emmanuel Mudiay proved his fearlessness last year by forgoing college ball to play overseas in China as a fresh-faced, 18-year-old kid.
The No. 7 overall pick showed he wasn't afraid to put up shots, either, on Friday afternoon in his NBA debut.
Mudiay went 5-for-15 from the field and scored 11 points in three quarters of work to help the Denver Nuggets to an 86-71 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Mudiay, a consensus top-five recruit in the nation out of high school, also had five rebounds and four assists despite sitting the entire fourth quarter. The former SMU commit did, however, finish with two turnovers and was 0-for-4 from the 3-point line.
Gary Harris, who was selected 19th overall in the 2014 draft by the Chicago Bulls but later traded to Denver, scored a team-high 15 points. The Michigan State alum shot 6-for-11 from the field and added four rebounds and three assists for the Nuggets, who led 43-36 at halftime.
Atlanta forward Lamar Patterson led all scorers with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting. He added four rebounds and three assists in only 19 minutes
Brandon Ashley, who joined the Hawks after going undrafted out of Arizona, added 15 points and five rebounds for Atlanta, which got 11 points from former Nebraska standout Terran Petteway.
Two second-round picks from the 2013 draft supplied big contributions to help the Nuggets get an opening-day win. Guard Erick Green (Virginia Tech), the 46th pick to the Grizzlies, and forward Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State), the 41st pick to the Jazz, scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Green also contributed four assists, and Franklin added three steals for Denver, which finished 33 of 70 (47.1 percent) from the field and 18-for-20 (90.0 percent) from the free-throw line. At one point, the Nuggets led by as many as 21 points.
Atlanta, which traded its first-round pick to acquire Tim Hardaway Jr. from the Knicks, went 29-for-70 (41.4 percent) from the field. The Hawks did outrebound the Nuggets, 37-28, but only shot 6 of 22 (27.3 percent) from long distance.
Both teams will return on Sunday, with Denver taking on the Sacramento Kings at 5 p.m. and Atlanta facing the Golden State Warriors at 5:30 p.m.
With five players finishing in double figures and rookie guard Delon Wright dishing out nine assists, the Toronto Raptors got off to a good start Friday on the opening day of the NBA Summer League, defeating the Sacramento Kings 90-68 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Wright, the Raptors' first-round draft pick last month at No. 20 overall, handled his pro debut with little problem. He got his teammates involved early and played good defense. In addition to his nine assists, Wright also scored nine points.
The Kings, who are looking to defend their 2014 Summer League title, have different leadership this time as Mike Malone and his staff were fired in December and ultimately replaced by George Karl. John Welch, who worked with Karl in Denver and recently left the Brooklyn Nets to join him in Sacramento, is coaching the Kings Summer League team. Karl watched the game with guard Ben McLemore.
They didn't have a lot to be happy about. The Raptors, who were led by Norman Powell's team-high 20 points and Bruno Caboclo's 15 points and Ronald Roberts' 14 points and 12 rebounds, were in control early and stayed in command throughout.
Toronto (1-0) led by as many as 20 late in the fourth quarter as the Kings were unable to sustain any kind of offense to get back in it.
Center Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento's first-round pick, had a tough time getting comfortable. He ran hot and cold in his debut, getting a nice block on Gary Talton just before the half while missing a couple of easy layups and getting a shot of his own blocked in the first quarter. Cauley-Stein finished with 11 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.
The Raptors had to be pleased with the balanced scoring they got. Powell, a second-round pick out of UCLA and one of college basketball's most athletic players while with the Bruins, was able to get himself open and finish at the rim as well as from outside.
Drew Crawford scored 11 points off the bench for Toronto while starting center Lucas Nogueira finished with 10 points.
Sacramento (0-1) was led by James Anderson's 15 points.
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.
In their final contest of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, the Hornets were able to get one last look at rookies Frank Kaminsky and Aaron Harrison before they open up training camp in September.
The duo did not disappoint.
Kaminsky posted 19 points and six rebounds and Harrison added 15 and five as Charlotte earned an 82-73 victory over Brooklyn on Friday.
Kaminsky, the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, closed out an impressive seven-day summer stint averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
"He's really skilled, he's really tough to guard," Harrison said of his teammate. "He's very versatile and can shoot the ball."
Harrison, who is hoping to earn an invite to camp, finished the week notching 13.4 points and 4.8 boards per contest.
"He's very aggressive and not shy," Kaminsky said of the former University of Kentucky guard. "He's coming out here looking to get a job -- a lot of people are -- and I think he played really well."
Charlotte also saw development out of P.J. Hairston. The second year swingman tallied 16 points, eight boards and four assists.
Brooklyn ended summer league without earning a win. However, they'll take solace in the fact that Rondae Hollis-Jefferson improved throughout the week.
The No. 23 overall pick in this year's draft poured in 22 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. He also consistently displayed that he's capable of being an elite defender at the league level.
Ryan Boatright, an undrafted point guard out of the University of Connecticut, continued to put together quality film for his resume. After firing off game-highs in both points (24) and assists (seven), he raised his summer league averages to 14 points and 2.6 assists per game.
The Nets finished the week 0-5, while the Hornets had a 2-3 record.
Orlando Magic White, a team full of free-agent and Development League hopefuls, saw its dream of a perfect week and an unlikely championship come to an end in heartbreaking, sudden-death fashion on Friday.
When point guard Russ Smith flipped in an off-balanced, left-handed hook shot in the second overtime period it gave Memphis a 75-73 defeat of Magic White and the championship of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.
Per league rules, games that go into a second overtime period are decided in sudden-death fashion. Smith, one of the standouts for the week for his fearless play, improvised on the game-winner and converted the shot over the outstretched arm of 6-foot-11 center Keith Benson. It was the second sudden-death game-winner of the week for Smith and Memphis (5-0), who beat Magic Blue in 2 OTs on Tuesday.
``This meant a lot to us because we got to (the summer league championship game) last year and lost,'' said Memphis guard Jordan Adams, who had 12 points and four rebounds. ``We wanted to play Grizzlies basketball, defend and be physical and share the ball. ... Everybody is out here fighting for a job and an opportunity. Stuff on offense was taken away, but we looked for our playmakers and Russ stepped up big for us.''
The ending was especially frustrating for Magic White (4-1), which had become the story of the week in Orlando for routing its first four foes by a combined 40 points. Chris Singleton (16 points and four steals) and Benson (16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks) were the only members of Magic
White with previous NBA experience, so the hungry group was hopeful of showing that it could play at the highest level and win the Summer League crown.
``It just (stinks) because we worked so hard and had a pretty good lead going into the fourth quarter and then both sides just got sloppy turning the ball over,'' said Singleton, who averaged 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in five games. ``We were thrown together as a team and counted out, but we're just like all of these other guys trying to make a team. We put it all on the line and just fell short today.''
Magic White led by as much as 10 points in the second half and had a 73-69 lead with 80 seconds left in regulation. Orlando appeared to have put itself in position to win the game with 9.9 seconds left in the first overtime when point guard Keith Appling converted a lefty layup. However, referees called the guard for a charge and upheld the call after a replay to see if Memphis forward Jarnell Stokes cleared the restricted area in the lane.
Magic White's resilience was on display all day as it fell behind 7-0 at the start and it trailed 24-8 just minutes into the second quarter. But the Magic clamped down defensively and took a 32-31 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half. Magic White had a series of bad breaks go against them late in the half as a Benson basket was wiped out because a replay showed it was released after the shot clock expired and Smith beat the buzzer with a 24-foot shot that rattled out, bounced off the top of the backboard and fell in the hoop.
Regardless of the final outcome, White coach Bill Peterson -- Orlando's D-League coach in Erie, Pa. -- took great pride in how well his team performed all week.
``We didn't execute at the end as well as we needed to to win the basketball game, but the effort, passion and energy that we played with all week was really good,'' Peterson said. ``I'm just really proud. I told (the team) that I wish my team in Erie would scrap and fight like this. We got down 20-4 and everybody else could have quit on us, but we got the lead and went up double digits in the second half. It showed the resilience that we had to keep fighting. They were like that all week and it was fun.''
Memphis' Smith, a 6-foot, 165-pounder, was the 47th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. On Friday, he had 15 points, nine assists and three steals. He finished the week averaging 14.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.2 steals in five games (four starts).
Appling, who is hoping to earn an invite to the Magic's NBA training camp as a third point guard option, had 15 points, six assists and two steals on Friday. After spending all last season starring at Orlando's D-League affiliate in Erie, Pa., Appling was Magic White's top player all week by averaging 15.6 points, 3.0 assists and three steals.
Peterson, who has an extensive background as a NBA assistant and development coach, said that players such as Appling, Benson and Singleton played well enough this week to get invites to NBA training camps in October.
``There are three or four of the guys on our team who could easily be on another NBA roster, but they just need another opportunity,'' Peterson said. ``Hopefully this showing will give them another opportunity. I had (NBA executives and scouts) come up to me throughout the week and say, `Tell me about Chris Singleton. I didn't know he played like that. Or I'm surprised how he played.' But our entire group was really good for being together such a short period of time.''
Memphis' Adams was highly complimentary of the way Magic White became the Cinderella story of the Summer League. Peterson said that his team's willingness to play together is an example to others of what can be accomplished through unity.
``It shows you when you get a group with high character and they are willing to do what you ask them to do as a coach, you can have great things happen,'' Peterson said. ``These guys came in here just wanting a shot to get into a vet camp or an opportunity to play with a better team overseas. If we were 0-5, there wouldn't be anybody talking to me or talking to them. But we were 4-0, we beat the other Magic team when we scrimmaged them and we had a shot to win the game today. So obviously we were one of the best teams here and we showed it throughout the week. Now, we just hope that some of those guys will get some opportunities.''