Thursday, July 16, 2015

Recap: Trail Blazers 82, Timberwolves 77

First overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns continued an encouraging NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with the best game of his young career on Wednesday night, but his effort fell short as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 82-77.
The 19-year-old center posted game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists and three blocked shots.
Towns, who shot 33 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free throw line in the Timberwolves' first three games, was 7-of-9 from field goal range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe on Wednesday.
Noah Vonleh led the Blazers with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting and had 10 rebounds of his own. Four-year NBA veteran Malcolm Thomas had 15 points on 5-of-6 field goal shooting and four rebounds off the bench, and rookie guard Tim Frazier had 14 points and six assists.
After closely contested game through three quarters, Portland opened its biggest lead of the night with 1:42 left to play. Minnesota fought back in the final 90 seconds, with four points from Othyus Jeffers and three points from Lorenzo Brown, but the Timberwolves' comeback attempt was too little, too late.
Third-year Portland forward Allen Crabbe went down late in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain and was taken to the locker room. The 23-year-old is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday after X-Rays came back negative.
Portland moves on to the second round of the winner's bracket to play second-seeded Boston on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. ET. Minnesota falls to the loser's bracket, where they'll play Cleveland on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Recap: Bulls 91, Cavaliers 73

Chicago's Bobby Portis spent all of last year proving his motor was one of the highest in college basketball while playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The former SEC Player of the Year, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, provided that same energy and more Wednesday night in the NBA Summer League.
Portis had 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks to help the Bulls to a 91-73 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Portis, who stands at 6 feet, 11 inches, continued to show the hustle that made him a college star in 28 minutes of action on Wednesday. He scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half and finished 7 of 13 from the floor to lead the high-octane Bulls.
With the Bulls holding a lead for most of the game, Portis never slowed and was constantly seen running the floor and diving for loose balls. He highlighted the Bulls' 9-2 run to start the third quarter with an emphatic alley-oop dunk.
Doug McDermott, a former Creighton star, and Vander Blue, a Marquette product, also supplied 16 points apiece for the Bulls, who shot 36 of 74 (48.6 percent) from the field and 8 of 16 from the 3-point line.
Blue added eight rebounds and three assists and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Tyrus McGee also scored 14 points for Chicago, which led 41-33 at halftime. The Bulls finished with a 41-33 rebounding advantage and led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter.
D.J. Seeley led the Cavaliers with 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting. Quinn Cook, an undrafted point guard out of Duke, had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Tyler Haws and Keifer Sykes each finished with nine points, and Jerrelle Benimon pulled down eight boards for Cleveland, which got eliminated after posting a 1-3 record.
The Cavaliers were 28 of 70 (40.0 percent) from the floor, including 4 of 20 (20.0 percent) from long distance. They also went 13-for-23 (56.5 percent) from the line.
Chicago (2-2) returns to action Thursday, when it faces the No. 2-seeded Boston Celtics (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Recap: Mavericks 88, Lakers 86

On the first day of the elimination round at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers certainly played like there was something at stake.
Jeremy Tyler led the Mavericks with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a late game nail-biter, as Dallas knocked off Los Angeles, 88-86.
The 24-year-old Dallas center, whose NBA career includes stops in Atlanta, Golden State and New York, was 11-of-15 from field goal range and also had four offensive rebounds.
Justin Anderson added 16 points for the Mavericks on 6-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Dwight Powell had 12 points and nine rebounds and Maalik Wayns had 12 points and three assists.
Dallas cruised to a 30-20 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to nine quarter points from Tyler and eight from Anderson.
Anderson added five points in the second and as the Mavericks led by 12 at the half.
But Los Angeles wasn't done.
Lakers forward Jabari Brown scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and Jordan Clarkson also had 11 in the third and fourth quarters.
Trailing 68-63 at the end of three, Los Angeles tied the game at 76-76 on a 3-point play by Brown with 6:19 left in the final period.
Tied at 88-88 with under 10 seconds to play, Wayns missed a contested floating layup attempt from the baseline for Dallas. Tyler grabbed the rebound on the other side of the rim and dropped it in with 1.4 seconds.
After a Lakers timeout, 27th overall pick Larry Nance Jr. inbounded the ball to Julius Randle from 30-feet out, but the former Kentucky Wildcat couldn't get a 3-point shot off before time expired.
Dallas moves on to the second round of the winner's bracket, where they'll face the NBA Development League Select team on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles falls to the loser's bracket, where they'll play Utah on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.