There is already pressure playing on an NBA Summer League team. Add the team's star player sitting courtside and the spotlight just got brighter.
With John Wall looking on, the #20 Washington Wizards rose to the occasion. They defeated the #13 Utah Jazz 86-78 in tournament action Tuesday evening at Cox Pavilion.
The Wizards dominated early on and took a 33-18 lead in the first quarter with a balanced team attack. Nine of the ten players who were on the court scored at least two points. The Jazz shot 65.0 percent (13-for-20) from the field. Bryce Cotton (6 points) was the only Jazz player to net more than one field goal.
The Jazz ramped up their defense in the second quarter to hold the Wizards to 19 points. Still, the Wizards held a commanding 52-35 lead at halftime. Scott Machado, who competed in Estonia last season, led all players with 11 points after two quarters.
The Jazz tied to make the game into a tale of two halves. They outscored the Wizards, 23-22, in the third quarter. Cotton, who appeared in 15 games for the Jazz last season, scored another six points in the third. Former D-League players Shawn Jones and Jamil Wilson also scored six apiece for the Wizards, who took a 74-58 lead.
The Jazz opened the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run and cut the deficit to three points, 74-71. They held the Wizards scoreless until Orlando Johnson made a layup with 5:06 to go. But the Wizards stretched their lead back up to 10 late in the game and held on for the eight-point win.
Machado led the Wizards with 17 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3PG, 7-8 FT) and 8 assists. Johnson, who played in the D-League last season, recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. First round draft pick Kelly Oubre Jr. (12 points), Jones (10 points) and Wilson (10 points) also finished in double digits.
For the Jazz, Cotton finished the night with a game-high 20 points (7-17 FG, 2-4 3PG, 4-4 FT). Brock Motum, who most recently played overseas, finished with 11 points off the bench.
The Wizards improved to 2-2 and will play the #4 New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. The Jazz fell to 1-3 and will face the loser of the Dallas Mavericks-Los Angeles Lakers game on Friday.
There will be no repeat for the Sacramento Kings at the NBA Summer League.
The Kings were hoping to go back-to-back in Las Vegas. But the defending champions went ice-cold offensively in the second half, managing just four third-quarter points and eventually falling to the Golden State Warriors 83-67 Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center in the opening round of the Summer League playoffs.
The Warriors (2-2), who were seeded 12th, will advance to Thursday's second round and will face the New York Knicks, who are the No. 5 seed, at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack.
The Kings (1-3) will play Miami in a consolation game at 1:30 p.m. Friday also in the Thomas & Mack.
Rematches are rare in the NBA Summer League, especially when it involves rivals.
The Kings defeated the Warriors 90-71 Monday and 48 hours later, they were back at it again. Only this time, Golden State turned the tables on their Northern California neighbors as James Michael McAdoo scored 20 points and LaDonte Henton added 18 to help the Warriors advance.
Sacramento started its week in Las Vegas slowly, losing its first two. But Summer League coach John Welch figured out his rotation and began playing David Stockton and David Wear more minutes and the moves paid off.
Stockton, the son of Hall of Fame John Stockton, played three games for the Kings last year after spending most of the season with the Reno Bighorns in the NBA Development League. But in Las Vegas, Stockton showed he could compete at this level of the NBA. He scored 17 points and had four assists in 27 minutes against the Warriors Wednesday.
Wear, a 6-foot-10 second-year pro from UCLA, had 13 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes as Welch played Wear alongside highly-touted rookie Willie Cauley-Stein and former Pac-12 foe Eric Moreland, who played at Oregon State.
The Kings led by as many as 13 in the second quarter and were still ahead 47-40 at halftime as the Warriors struggled to get any offense besides that from McAdoo. McAdoo, who has led Golden State in scoring during the Summer League, had 11 of his 20 points in the first half. But only Chasson Randle managed to come close to matching McAdoo's output, as he had seven first-half points for the Warriors, who shot just 40 percent from the floor while allowing Sacramento to hit 55 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
But something clicked in and the Warriors come out hot to start the third quarter. Golden State reeled off 15 unanswered points to take a 55-47 lead over the first six minutes as McAdoo and Henton showed the way. The Kings didn't score in the third quarter until just 3:06 remained and Moreland made two free throws. Sacramento finished the third period having been outscored 20-4 and trailed the Warriors 60-51 heading into the fourth.
The Golden State lead would grow to 76-58 with just over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter as the Warriors were in complete command and kept their hopes for recapturing the Summer League title they won in 2013 alive in 2015.
The Atlanta Hawks (2-2) overcame an early nine-point deficit to knock off the Miami Heat (1-3) to advance in the single-elimination tournament at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 Wednesday. The 14th-seeded Hawks rallied for the 75-64 triumph over the Heat, the tournament's 19th seed, at UNLV's Cox Pavilion.
By virtue of the win, Atlanta earns the opportunity to face the No. 3 seed Denver Nuggets, one of five squads that went 3-0 prior to tournament play, Thursday at 5:30 pm PT in the Thomas & Mack Center. Miami, on the other hand, will play the Sacramento Kings in the TMC Friday at 1:30 pm PT.
The Heat began the affair with a perfect 4-for4 effort from the field that resulted in an early eight-point advantage only 2:38 after the opening tip. Moments after a Mike Muscala layup gave Atlanta its first points, Miami's lead grew to nine behind a layup and free throw by Gabriel Olaseni.
Atlanta started the game 0-for-3 from the field, but used an 8-for-15 outburst to outscore the Heat 21-8 over the final 6:20 of the first frame. Muscala led the rally with seven points, while Glen Robinson III added five and Brandon Ashley and Terran Petteway had four each.
The Hawks' lead grew to six on three occasions in the second until the Heat reengaged and forced three ties and two lead changes before the half.
The two sides jockeyed back and forth to start the final 20 minutes of regulation, but a dunk by Atlanta's Edy Tavares just 2:41 into the third turned out to be the go-ahead score. From that point forward, the Hawks separated themselves from the Heat by at least two possessions until the advantage grew to a game-high 14 late in the fourth.
Muscala led the Hawks with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lamar Patterson chipped in 12 points, while Robinson III and Tavares had 11 and 10, respectively.
Miami's Shabazz Napier, the 24th overall selection at the 2014 NBA Draft, scored 21 to lead all scorers in the contest. Napier was 6-for-18 from the field and 7-for-13 from the free-throw line.
At a time during the NBA Summer League when players start to wear down, the Brooklyn Nets got some much-needed help from their bench.
Reserves Cliff Alexander and Austin Hollins scored 13 points apiece and starting guard Markel Brown had 23 points as the Nets defeated Philadelphia 75-68 Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center as the Summer League tipped off its tournament format.
Brooklyn, which advanced to the second round, will face San Antonio at 3 p.m. PT Thursday in Cox Pavilion. The Spurs received a first-round bye.
Philadelphia plays in Friday's consolation against Houston at 1 p.m. PT Friday in Cox Pavilion.
Philadelphia played Wednesday without its rookie draft pick Jahlil Okafor, who was in Los Angeles attending the ESPY Awards. He was missed as the Nets started out leading 14-2.
The 76ers have had a hard time scoring all week in Las Vegas and they didn't get a player into double figures until midway through the fourth quarter when Scottie Wilbekin scored his 11th point of the game. Philadelphia was just 2-for-15 on 3-point attempts.
Conversely, the Nets were 64.3 percent from long distance Wednesday, hitting nine of 14 attempts. That ultimately proved to be the difference between playing Thursday or Friday for Brooklyn.
The Nets were comfortably ahead 43-28 at the half and stayed in control despite being outscored 27-15 in the third quarter. And with Ryan Boatright and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson not performing at the high level they had been earlier in the Summer League, Alexander and Hollins more than made up for it as both picked up the slack and made sure the Sixers wouldn't catch them.
The closest the 76ers got was 55-53 late in the third quarter. Wilbekin led Philadelphia with 11 points and J.P. Tokoto, Charles Jackson and Pierre Jackson all scored nine points apiece.
For Brooklyn, it was a very good start to the playoffs. Brown had 13 points through three quarters and added 10 in the fourth to get to his final total of 23.
In addition to the solid shooting, the Nets out rebounded the Sixers 41-38 and with no Okafor on the floor, Nets center Willie Reed took advantage, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds.
If there was a time to get their first win of the Las Vegas Summer League, the tournament was a good one.
On Wednesday, the No. 24 Milwaukee Bucks (1-3) beat the No. 9 Houston Rockets (2-2), 97-93, in the tournament action opener at Cox Pavilion.
The Bucks jumped out to an early 27-21 lead in the first quarter. Kevin Jones, who played in the French Pro A League last season, scored 8 points with 3 rebounds in his first seven minutes. The team's leading scorer Sean Kilpatrick contributed six points in four minutes off the bench.
The Rockets scored 14 of their points in the paint. DJ Kennedy and Montrezl Harrell tallied six points apiece.
In the second quarter, Bucks first round pick Rashad Vaughn (17th overall) scored seven points while Jones added another six. Glen Rice, who appeared in five games for the Washington Wizards last season, also scored six points for the Rockets, but the Bucks held on to a 51-44 edge at halftime. The Bucks shot 5-for-5 from three-point range in the first half, while the Rocket struggled 1-for-10.
The Bucks remained in control through three quarters, 74-66, in spite of seven points from both Rice and second round pick Harrell.
Then the Rockets fought back. They trailed by as many as 13 points but took a one-point 75-74 lead with 7:40 to play off a Pierria Henry fast break layup. Tied up 88-88 with 2:40 left, the Bucks stretched their lead to six points before a Rice trey cut it to three with 6.7 seconds remaining. The Bucks, though, were able to hold on for a four-point win.
Kilpatrick led all players with 26 points (9-12 FG, 4-6 3PG, 4-7 FT). Vaughn added 23 points (7-17 FG, 3-6 3PG, 6-8 FT) and Jones had a near double-double (20 points, 9 rebounds).
For the Rockets, Alan Williams scored a team-high 17 points (7-11 FG, 8 rebounds). Harrell and Rice both added 16 points.
As the winner of the game, the Bucks will play the #8 Phoenix Suns Thursday at 1:00pm PST. The Rockets will play the loser of the Philadelphia 76ers - Brooklyn Nets game Thursday at 1:30pm PST.
Bucks Jabari Parker, whose rookie season ended due to an ACL injury, was at the game once again.
Just one day after making his signing with the Phoenix Suns official, 13th overall pick Devin Booker played like a happy man Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Booker, just 18-years-old, had a career-high 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and 2-of-5 from 3-point range, adding six rebounds and two assists as Phoenix cruised to a 91-82 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Phoenix never trailed during the game, leading by as much as 19 in the fourth quarter.
Second-year forward T.J. Warren added 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting and center Alex Len had 8 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Phoenix.
Trey Lyles, who was selected 12th overall in this year's draft, had 10 points on a forgettable 3-of-10 shooting from the field and added four rebounds for the Jazz. The 19-year-old former teammate of Booker is averaging 10.3 points per game through his first four summer league contests, but is only shooting 35 percent from the floor.
JaJuan Johnson led the Jazz with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and nine rebounds off the bench. Three-year NBA veteran Jared Cunningham also had 13 points on 2-of-9 shooting and went 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
With the win, Phoenix (2-1) has Wednesday off before returning to action Thursday. Utah (1-2) will play Wednesday.
The Boston Celtics concluded the first leg of the Las Vegas Summer League with an undefeated 3-0 record.
On Tuesday they beat the Miami Heat (1-2) with a 101-69 victory.
Jonathan Holmes continued his Summer League surge. He entered the game averaging 15.0 points in Las Vegas and scored nine in the first quarter alone to give the Celtics an early 22-16 lead. Holmes, who went undrafted out of the University of Texas, finished with 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3PG, 2-2 FT).
The Celtics scored 12 points in the paint in the first quarter. Although the Heat shot comparatively and outrebounded the Celtics, they committed five turnovers.
In the second quarter the Celtics outscored the Heat to take a 48-37 lead at halftime. The team got out and ran, scoring 11 fast break points in the first half. Celtics second round draft pick (45th overall) Marcus Thornton scored 12 points in seven minutes. For the Heat, undrafted forward Greg Whittington finished the half with 13 points.
The Heat tried to chip away at their deficit in the third quarter. They outscored the Celtics, 18-17, to get within 10 points. Josh Richardson, the Heat's second round pick (40th overall) scored seven points for the Heat during this stretch.
In the fourth quarter the Celtics led by more than 20 points to pull away. Marcus Thornton finished the game's high scorer with 21 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 FT, 9-9 FT). R.J. Hunter (13 points) and C.J. Fair (12 points) also scored in double digits. Whittington led the Heat with 18 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3PG, 3-3 FT) and 8 rebounds in the loss. Richardson finished with 11 points.
It was a quiet game for the high draft picks. Heat lottery pick Justise Winslow played just 10 minutes, posting five points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3PG, 2-2 FT) and grabbing three rebounds. Celtics first round pick Terry Rozier scored 7 points with 7 assists. He and last year's sixth overall pick Marcus Smart (0-3 3PG) combined for 4-for-21 from the field.
Chris Bosh watched the game from the stands with head coach Erik Spoelstra. Hassan Whiteside took in the game from the bench.
Jonas Jerebko was also in attendance. He-signed with the Celtics during free agency.
In a showdown between two of the NBA's top four draft picks, it was the New York Knicks getting the best of the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday in a back-and-forth overtime thriller, 84-81.
Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis, who was selected fourth overall by the Knicks on June 25, had just nine points, three rebounds and three assists, but added three blocks, including a timely rejection of Sixers center Jahlil Okafor in overtime.
Okafor, who was picked third overall by Philadelphia last month, had 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the floor and added six rebounds. Tuesday was the 19-year-old's fifth straight game with over 10 points and six rebounds to begin his NBA career.
Undrafted rookie forward Maurice Ndour led New York with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Second-year guard Cleanthony Early had 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added three assists. Both Ndour and Early scored dunks in the overtime period to put New York ahead.
Scottie Wilbekin scored a game high 26 points for the Sixers on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from 3-point range. The 22-year-old, who went undrafted out of Florida in the 2014 draft, was also 6-of-6 from the free throw line, including three with just one second left in regulation to tie the game.
But, after trailing by as much as 17 in the second quarter, New York slowly chipped away in the second half, even despite 18 second half points from Wilbekin.
With six seconds left in regulation, the Knicks took their biggest lead of the game on two made free throws from Porzingis.
On Philadelphia's last possession, Wilbekin was fouled by Porzingis shooting a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. Wilbekin hit all three to tie the score at 79-79 and force a two-minute overtime.
After an early overtime dunk by Ndour put New York up by two, Porzingis swatted away an Okafor layup attempt at the basket, resulting in a transition dunk for Early.
Wilbekin responded with a floating jump shot in the paint to cut New York's lead to two with six seconds to play.
After Porzingis hit one of two free throws to bring New York's lead back to three with four seconds left, Wilbekin had yet another chance to save the Sixers.
But after he almost stepped out-of-bounds, Wilbekin's fade-away three from the corner banged off the rim as time expired.
New York (3-0) next plays on Thursday, while Philadelphia (0-3) returns to action Wednesday.
The Chicago Bulls were up by nine points over the Brooklyn Nets with 1:03 to play Tuesday afternoon in Cox Pavilion. A minute was all the Nets needed to stage a comeback.
Ryan Boatright scored five points down the stretch, including a spin move floater that resulted in a game-winning three-point play to give the Nets the lead with 2.4 seconds left. The undrafted guard from the University of Connecticut finished with a game-high 21 points (4-9 FG, 2-7 FT, 11-12 FT).
A Nets win seemed unlikely for most of the game. The Bulls got off to a hot start behind Doug McDermott, who scored seven straight points for the Bulls to give them a 29-21 lead heading into the second quarter. The Bulls shot 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field in the first quarter.
The Bulls pushed their advantage to 48-36 at halftime. Their first round draft pick (22nd overall), Bobby Portis, grabbed seven rebounds in the second quarter.
The Nets wouldn't back down, though. They outscored the Bulls 26-17 in the third quarter with a balanced offensive team effort to cut the deficit to three points. The Nets nearly doubled their free throw attempts in the quarter with eight.
The intensity picked up in the fourth quarter, with the Nets edging out the Bulls 25-21 in the final 10 minutes to close out the game.
Boatright was the offensive standout on the Nets. The next leading scorer was Markel Brown with 14 points (6-14 FG).
For the Bulls, McDermott finished with a team-high 19 points (8-13 FG, 0-3 3PG, 3-6 FT). He entered the game averaging 15.5 points and 3.0 in his first two games. Last season McDermott appeared in 36 games as a rookie, posting 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds. He was limited by injuries, including arthroscopic right knee surgery.
Bulls first round pick Bobby Portis (22nd overall) nearly recorded a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrus McGee added 16 points off the bench.
The Nets concluded the first three games of Las Vegas Summer League 2-1, the Bulls 1-2. Tournament seeding will be released Tuesday evening.
Washington Wizards center Jarrid Famous has yet to play in the NBA regular season, but he's making a case for himself through three games at the Las Vegas Summer League.
The 26-year-old led the Wizards with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds on Tuesday as Washington escaped the Dallas Mavericks, 85-79.
Five Wizards finished in double digit scoring, including forward Kelly Oubre Jr., the 15th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft.
Oubre, who spent just one season at the University of Kansas before turning pro, was 4-of-11 from the field and had six rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
Four-year NBA veteran Damion James added 15 points and four rebounds for Washington, and Scott Machado had 12 points, five assists and six rebounds of his own.
Dwight Powell led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-15 from field goal range and grabbed six rebounds for Dallas. The Stanford product, picked 45th overall in 2014, has been a bright spot for the lowly Mavericks this week, who fell to 0-3 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Through three games, the 23-year-old forward has amassed a team-high 60 points on 43 percent shooting from the field.
Washington led by as much as 17 in the third quarter, and shot 47.1 percent from the floor, compared to just 33.3 percent for Dallas.
Mavericks center Satnam Singh, who on June 25 became the first player from India ever selected in the NBA Draft, did not play on Tuesday.
Both Washington (1-2) and Dallas (0-3) will return to action Wednesday.
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.
If the NBA Summer League had a home team, it would be the Los Angeles Lakers with the Utah Jazz right behind.
Monday, the Jazz came out energized in front of their fans, a good number who made the drive down Interstate 15 from Salt Lake City and the southern part of the state, and went wire-to-wire in defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-82 as Day 4 of the Summer League wrapped up at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Jared Cunningham led the Jazz (1-1) with 17 points off the bench. Adreian Payne led Minnesota (1-2) with 18 points.
The Timberwolves decided to keep Zach LaVine on the sidelines after LaVine averaged 22 points in Minnesota's first two games. He stuck around to watch Monday's game from the front row along with teammate Andrew Wiggins.
It didn't seem to matter early on as the Timberwolves led 13-10. But the Jazz rallied to lead 17-15 going into the second quarter and extended the lead to 29-19 over the first 3:20 of the quarter. Cunningham came off the bench to give Utah a lift with eight points in a 5:06 stretch and had 12 of his 17 points at intermission.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota's highly touted rookie center and the No. 1 overall pick in last month's NBA Draft, was looking to assert himself more offensively. He missed his first two shots, then hit a jump hook in the key. But it was more miss than hit for Towns and he would finish with 14 points, mostly on the strength of a 6-of-8 performance at the foul line, along with 10 rebounds.
Utah attacked Towns at the other end, playing physical and forcing him to defend in the low post. The Jazz closed out the final 5:25 of the half with a 16-10 spurt to lead 49-35 at halftime. Towns had six personal fouls (the Summer League limit is 10).
Minnesota attempted to climb back into it during the third quarter, cutting Utah's lead to 58-53 with 1:50 remaining thanks to an 11-2 spurt. But the Jazz were able to maintain its lead and were up 64-57 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Jazz will face Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. ET in the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday.
With Toronto's first-round pick Delon Wright sitting out of Monday's NBA Summer League game, it allowed another guard to take center stage.
Norman Powell, a former UCLA standout, continued to emerge as one of this year's most under-the-radar draft picks.
The 46th overall pick scored a team-high 19 points and had five rebounds to help the Raptors hold off a late surge by the Houston Rockets in a 95-87 win at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Powell was efficient in doing so, going 7-for-11 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. After his first three NBA pool-play games, the 6-foot-4-inch guard is averaging 19.3 points per game for the Raptors.
Gary Talton added 13 points, and Philip Scrubb scored 10 for Toronto, which got six points and 13 rebounds from 7-0 forward Lucas Nogueira. The Raptors had a 52-34 rebounding advantage over the Rockets.
Toronto, which led 41-36 at halftime, shot 33-for-69 (47.8 percent) from the field and finished the pool play a perfect 3-0 record.
Glen Rice scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Rockets. He was 7 of 18 from the floor and 3-for-9 from long distance. Rice became streaky in the fourth quarter, when he touched the ball on seemingly every possession and cut a once 18-point deficit to just three points (85-82 with 1:30 left).
Montrezl Harrell, a Louisville product, had 15 points and seven rebounds on 5 of 10 shooting for Houston. His free-throw shooting woes continued, as he was 5-for-12 from the line while playing 32 minutes.
Aubrey Coleman and D.J. Kennedy also scored 12 points apiece for the Rockets, who finished 26-for-77 (33.8 percent) from the floor and 7 of 24 (29.2 percent) from the 3-point line.
Toronto (3-0) and Houston (2-1) will both be awaiting their seeds for the start of single-elimination play, which starts Wednesday.
It wasn't the Staples Center or Madison Square Garden, but it had the same atmosphere for a Summer League game. Fans packed Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV to watch the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks Monday evening.
What looked like a blowout at the start turned into a closer battle as the game continued. The Knicks led 19-5 after the first quarter, in which the Lakers shot 2-for-17 (11.8%) from the field.
The Lakers outscored the Knicks, 26-17, in the second quarter to cut their halftime deficit to five points. Tarik Black and Jordan Clarkson, who went scoreless in the first quarter, combined for 15 points in the second.
Neither team shot well from long range in the first half. The Lakers went 1-for-5 while the Knicks were 0-for-7.
The Knicks built upon their lead in the third quarter to go up 61-48. They held the Lakers scoreless in the paint and to just four rebounds in the third.
In spite of a fourth quarter push by the Lakers, in which they got within four points, the game finished the way it began. The Knicks held on for a 76-66 win.
Lakers guard Jabari Brown led all players with 20 points (5-14 FG, 2-7 3PG, 8-11 FT). Brown previously missed the first two Summer League games with a laceration in his left eye. He appeared in 19 games for the Lakers last season. Clarkson finished behind Brown with 13 points.
Cleanthony Early and Langston Galloway posted 13 points and nine rebounds apiece for the Knicks in the win. Early shot 6-for-13 from the field while Galloway (2-11 FG) scored eight of his points from the line.
In this game it was the more experienced players who dominated. Second overall pick D'Angelo Russell scored 8 points and had just one assist with 8 turnovers. Knicks first round pick Kristaps Porzingis added nine points and three rebounds for the Knicks.
The Knicks improved 2-0 and will play on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers dropped to 1-2. Their game will be determined by tournament seeding.
n addition to having the ability to create his own shot, Denver point guard Emmanuel Mudiay already has proven his court vision is good as anyone's at the NBA Summer League.
The seventh overall pick continued to show his passing ability Monday, dishing out a game-high eight assists in the Nuggets' 86-83 win over the Miami Heat at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Mudiay found teammate Ian Clark, a Belmont product, on the wing on an inbounds play for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to give Denver an 84-83 lead. The Nuggets, who trailed most of the game and by as many as 13 points, then got two free throws from Erick Green before Miami guard Shabazz Napier missed an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired.
Mudiay, who also had 10 points and three rebounds, bumped up his assist average to 7.3 per game, which ranks second in the NBA Summer League behind Portland's Tim Frazier (8.0 assists).
His shooting didn't come as easily Monday, as the 6-foot-5-inch standout finished 4-for-13 from the floor and 1-for-5 from the 3-point line. He also had five turnovers while playing a game-high 33 minutes.
Clark led five Nuggets in double figures with 19 points, and Gary Harris added 12 points before leaving early in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury.
Green and forward Joffrey Lauvergne each had 11 points for the Nuggets. Lauvergne, who played in 24 games for Denver a year ago, also pulled down nine boards for the Nuggets, who shot 29 of 64 (45.3 percent) from the field and 19-for-27 (70.4 percent) from the free-throw line.
Napier, the 24th pick in the 2014 draft, led the Heat with 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He added six assists, three steals and one turnover in 24 minutes in front of team president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra, who sat together in the stands.
Justise Winslow, the 10th overall pick, only played 12 minutes and finished with three points. He was nursing a leg injury by using a heating pad most of the game.
Greg Whittington had 16 points, and teammate Tyler Kalinoski scored 11 for the Heat, who went 32 of 67 (47.8 percent) from the floor.
Miami returns to action Tuesday against the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. ET, while Denver awaits their seeding for the single-elimination play.
The Sacramento Kings (1-2) notched their first win at the 2015 NBA Summer League behind a balanced attack. The Kings had six players register double-digit point totals in their 90-71 triumph over the Golden State Warriors (1-2) Monday at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
Golden State scored the game's first six points and owned as much as an eight-point lead, 10-2, just 96 seconds into the contest. Unfortunately, things turned for the worse, as Sacramento tallied 21 of the quarter's final 27 points.
The Kings turnaround was a result of 50 percent shooting (9-for-21) after a 0-for-3 start. Six different players had a hand in the comeback with Eric Moreland leading the way with six points. James Anderson pitched in five, while Willie Cauley-Stein, David Stockton and DeAndre Liggins had three apiece. Shaquielle McKissic capped the scoring -- and the first quarter -- with a free throw to close the stanza with a seven-point cushion.
Sacramento pushed its edge to double digits early in the second and as much as 30 in the third.
The Kings were able to distance themselves from the Warriors because of their shooting. They outshot Golden State 51.5 percent (35-for-68) to 32.9 percent (26-for-79). They also owned a 20-point differential (52-32) in points in the paint.
Anderson, the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, led all players with 17 points off a perfect 6-for-6 day from the field. He was 1-for-1 from 3-point range and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.
The Kings got 13 points apiece from David Wear, Cauley-Stein and Duje Dukan. Moreland added 11 more, while Stockton added 10.
Dominique Sutton and Stefan Nastic had 14 each in a losing effort for the Warriors.
Both teams will have to wait until Tuesday evening to learn their respective seeds for the tournament, which begins Wednesday. Teams seeded ninth through 24th will play Wednesday, while those between first through eighth are off until Thursday
Three-year NBA veteran guard Justin Dentmon led the way with 15 points as the NBA Development League Select team cruised to an 84-74 win over the Atlanta Hawks Monday at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Dentmon, a 29-year-old journeyman whose NBA resume includes stints with San Antonio, Toronto and Dallas, shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line, but had no assists or rebounds.
Casey Prather scored 13 points for D-League Select on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from three point range, adding seven rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Scotty Hopson, who notched totals of 27 and 20 points in D-League Select's first two games, had 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Lamar Patterson led the way for the Hawks with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including two 3-pointers.
Perhaps most encouraging for the young Atlanta squad was 2014 second-rounder Edy Tavares, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds in only his third NBA game. Standing at 7-foot 3-inches, the 23-year-old from Cape Verde had a combined 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Hawks' two previous contests.
Second-year swingman Glenn Robinson III, who was let go by the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this month, added 10 points and four rebounds for Atlanta.
D-League Select led 50-34 at the half, thanks to 12 first-half points from Dentmon and seven from starting guard Joe Jackson. Trailing by as much as 24 in the final period, the Hawks narrowed the deficit to 10, thanks to 12 fourth quarter points from Patterson.
Both D-League Select (2-1) and Atlanta (1-2) have Tuesday off before returning to action Wednesday.
The New Orleans Pelicans (3-0) remained perfect at the 2015 NBA Summer League with help from an 89-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets (1-1) Monday afternoon at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Pelicans, who led by as much as 10 points, erased a five-point deficit late in the fourth quarter with help from a 17-6 run.
New Orleans' come-from-behind triumph was sparked by an 11-point outburst by Bryce Dejean-Jones, who played two season at UNLV for the Runnin' Rebels. Dejean-Jones got the rally started with a layup with 4:56 remaining in regulation. His next contribution -- an emphatic dunk -- was the basket that handed the Pelicans' the sixth and final lead change of the contest. He chipped in seven more points in the waning moments with a 3-pointer and four made free throws.
Besides the fourth-quarter heroics, Dejean-Jones got the Pelicans off to a good start. He opened the contest with a dunk that sparked an 8-0 beginning for New Orleans.
Brooklyn stayed within striking distance for much of the first half. The Nets managed to cut New Orleans' lead to one on three occasions before a pair of free throws by Ryan Boatright brought about the game's first tie and lead change with 14 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Nets' advantage was short-lived as New Orleans started the second half with a 13-3 stretch off a quartet of shots from beyond the arc. Seth Curry, who had 20 points, kicked things off with a trey that was followed by a pair from Victor Rudd and another by Dejean-Jones, who capped the run with a make from the charity stripe.
The Pelicans' edge was bumped to 10 points midway through the third until the Nets countered with a 13-2 run of their own that carried over into the fourth.
Dejean-Jones was not the only Runnin' Rebel alum to play well in the game, as Khem Birch combined a game-high 11 rebounds with 13 points for the contest's only double-double.
New Orleans' also got strong contributions from Larry Drew II, who had 16 assists and eight points, and Victor Rudd. The latter fell one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds and 12 points.
Brooklyn had five players reach double figures in scoring. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the squad with 18. Markel Brown, the hero in the Nets' 76-75 win over Cleveland Saturday night, had 14 to go along with 13 each from Boatright and Austin Hollins. Darius Adams capped the quintet with 10 points.
The Nets return to action Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. ET in the Cox Pavilion against the Chicago Bulls. The Pelicans, on the other hand, have concluded their initial three-game set and must wait until tournament seeding is completed for their next game assignment.
One team was going to earn its first win of the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League. After suffering loss after loss, neither would go down without a fight.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers, both who entered the game 0-2, faced off Monday afternoon looking to improve their records. After trailing by 13 points through three quarters, the Cavaliers outscored the Bucks 37-24 in the fourth quarter and forced overtime.
They continued their momentum in the extra two minutes. The Cavaliers held the Bucks scoreless in overtime as they prevailed with a 94-87 victory at Cox Pavilion.
D.J. Seeley led the Cavaliers with 14 points (4-11 FG, 5-6 FT). He was followed closed behind by Cavs sophomore Joe Harris (4-12 FG, 4-8 3PG), second-round pick Sir'Dominic Pointer (5-6 FG) and NBA veteran D.J. White (4-7 FG, 5-6 FT). The trio scored 13 points apiece.
The Cavaliers dominated the Bucks on the boards, outrebounding them 43-33. Rakeem Christmas, a second-round pick acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves, pulled down 11 rebounds. It was a jump from his 2.5 rebound average in the first two Summer League games.
Bucks first round draft pick Rashad Vaughn (17th overall) led all his team with 18 points. The UNLV alum shot 8-for-16 from the field on campus where he previously earned Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors.
Sean Kilpatrick, who entered the game leading the Bucks in scoring, had another double-digit performance. He scored 16 points off the bench (5-9 FG, 2-4 3PG, 4-4 FT).
Ukranian big man Viacheslav Kravstov blocked five shots for the Bucks.
The Bucks did have a 19-7 advantage on assists. Jorge Gutierrez, who joined the Bucks last season, dished eight dimes. No one on the Cavaliers had more than assist.
Jabari Parker took in the game sitting on the baseline next to the Bucks bench. The former second overall pick missed most of last season with a torn ACL. Head coach Jason Kidd was in the stands for the action, while the Cavaliers coaching staff watched courtside.
The Cavaliers improved to 1-2 while the Bucks fell to 0-3 in Summer League action. Neither team will play again before the tournament seeding begins.