Friday, July 13, 2018

Blazers Defense Beats Hawks

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 95-69, in the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
Portland has been one of the best teams in Summer League, with a 26-point victory here exemplifying that fact. Not only did they hold the lead for the final 35 minutes of action, Portland held a double-digit lead for the entirety of the fourth quarter. A 24-15 first quarter set the tone for Portland, as a 47-28 second-half ended Atlanta. Rim protection was the difference in the game, with the Blazers out-rebounding the Hawks 47-32 and out-blocking them 10-4. Portland shot 44.2 percent from the field while holding Atlanta to just 33.3 percent shooting.
The Hawks (2-3) were led by Omari Spellman, as he tallied 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Antonius Cleveland accrued 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Robert Johnson finished with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. The five starters combined to go just 18-of-56 from the field.
The Trail Blazers (4-0) were led by Jake Layman, as he collected 20 points, five rebounds and two steals on 8-of-13 shooting. Wade Baldwin IV accumulated 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Anfernee Simons led the bench with 20 points and four boards.
Portland will play the winner of the Miami-Boston matchup in the quarterfinals.

Jazz Takes Down Magic

The Utah Jazz took down the Orlando Magic, 75-70, in Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Thursday night.
Despite trailing early in the game, Utah held a commanding lead for much of regulation. A seven-rebound advantage helped the Jazz stay in front from the second quarter onwards, as the team led by as much as 14 in the second half. The Jazz shot just 35.1 percent, but the team was able to squeak out the win by holding Orlando to 33.3 percent from the field.
Sophomore big man Diamond Stone led the Jazz with 14 points and 11 rebounds, with six on the offensive end. Georges Niang contributed an additional 12 points and 11 more rebounds for Utah in the win.
Orlando sat big men Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac, two of the team’s top young prospects. With the prospects out, Troy Caupain led the team with 14 points. Wes Iwundu added another 11 points, while center Khem Birch scored 10.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lakers Beat Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 82-69, in the second-round of the Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
The Lakers have been one of the most dominant teams in this Summer League and a wire-to-wire win here just adds to their impressive resume. Los Angeles was in control throughout the game, as they held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half. The first and third quarters were key, with the Clippers being held to a combined 24 points on 10-of-34 shooting in those 20 minutes of action. The Lakers defense was a big part of that, as they held the Clippers to 35.8 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from three-point range and 65.4 percent from the free-throw line. Los Angeles finished 44.6 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from long range and 90.5 percent from the charity stripe.
The Clippers (2-3) had just two players score more than seven points, as Desi Rodriguez and Sindarius Thornwell led the team with 17 points apiece. Rodriguez added three rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting to his line while Thornwell collected an additional four rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 5-of-17 from the field. Reggie Upshaw finished with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Lakers (4-0) were once again led by Josh Hart, as he collected 20 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Svi Mykhailiuk accrued 15 points, three rebounds and four assists on 5-of-7 shooting. Alex Caruso accumulated eight points, two rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Jeff Ayres played just 16 minutes but provided 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.
The Lakers will face the winner of the Detroit-Chicago matchup on Saturday in the quarter-finals.

Bucks Big Overtime Beat Spurs

The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back after losing a fourth-quarter lead with a dominant overtime performance to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 83-75, in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game at Cox Pavilion on Thursday evening.
The Bucks (2-2) rode a strong first half to a 46-38 halftime advantage, and they entered the final quarter with a five-point lead. However, the Spurs (1-3) clawed back in the fourth, sending the game into overtime deadlocked at 75. Their heroics ended there, however, as they were shut out by an 8-0 margin in the extra quarter.
Milwaukee was markedly better from distance, posting a 42.3 percent success rate from behind the arc while limiting San Antonio to a 25.0 percent figure. However, the Spurs drained 76.9 percent of their 13 attempts from the charity stripe, while the Bucks made just 28.6 percent of their free throws.
Jaron Blossomgame led the Spurs with 19 points on 50.0 percent shooting and added nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks. Olivier Hanlan followed with 18 points, complementing them with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. London Perrantes paced the second unit with eight points and also supplied three assists, one rebound and two blocks. Lonnie Walker IV mustered five points but also hauled in nine rebounds and dished out three assists.
Christian Wood paced the Bucks with 26 points, 15 rebounds and one block. D.J. Wilson poured in 19 points and also recorded 10 boards, one assist and one steal. Sterling Brown managed 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Travis Trice II delivered 10 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal. Jordan Barnett led the Milwaukee second unit with seven points and also registered five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

STAMPS DEFENCE SHINES IN 27-3 WIN OVER REDBLACKS

The Calgary Stampeders stormed into the nation’s capital and ran out of town with a well-earned 27-3 win over the hometown Ottawa REDBLACKS on Week 5’s edition of Thursday Night Football.
Bo Levi Mitchell left the contest in the second quarter, but not before helping stake the Stamps to a 17-0 lead with a 16-for-21, 161-yard performance that included a touchdown. Running back Don Jackson ground his way to a tough 102 rush yards, and the Calgary defence held Ottawa to an eye-popping 27 yards and one solitary first down in the first half.
The second half passed without incident — the REDBLACKS incapable of moving the chains, backup Nick Arbuckle managing the game for Calgary — and the Stamps left Ottawa with their perfect record intact.
Calgary opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, as a 38-yard Mitchell completion to Kamar Jorden set up a one-yard touchdown plunge for rookie Romar Morris — his first career touchdown coming in his CFL debut. Mitchell then found DaVaris Daniels on the two-point convert to give Calgary an 8-0 lead.
Coordinator DeVone Claybrooks’s defence then shut the door on the REDBLACKS, limiting its hosts to just 13 net yards in the first quarter.
Momentum swung further in the Stamps’ direction on Ottawa’s second possession of the second quarter; a Trevor Harris pass intended for Diontae Spencer was deflected by Brandon Smith, then tipped by Alex Singleton into the waiting arms of Tre Roberson.
Five plays later, Mitchell found Juwan Brescacin for a 10-yard touchdown; Morris’s plunging two-point convert attempt came up short and the lead stood at 14-0.
Harris’s tough day continued on the very next possession, as he was sacked heavily by Micah Johnson on first down before tossing a fluttering interception to Emmanuel Davis on second.
That pick resulted in a 17-yard chip shot of a field goal from Rene Paredes, and Calgary took a 17-0 lead.
Mitchell suffered an injury later in the second quarter, when he took a dangerous low tackle from Ottawa’s Danny Mason — the perpetrator received a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, while Mitchell was hustled to the locker room and shut down for the night.
The REDBLACKS defence then forced a Calgary punt, only to have return man Diontae Spencer fumble it. The Stamps recovered on Ottawa’s 23-yard line, and two plays later a 25-yard boot from Paredes sent Calgary to the locker room with a 20-0 lead.
Ottawa’s offence showed some life on the opening drive of the second half, with Harris and co. driving down into the red zone only to stall on three tries from inside the 10-yard line; an 11-yard Lewis Ward field goal got the REDBLACKS on the board, but drew prolonged boos from the peanut gallery at TD Place.
The rest of the third quarter passed without incident, and a 12-yard touchdown connection from Arbuckle to Lemar Durant early in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the visitors; Paredes’s convert kick extended the lead to 27-3.
A fumble by Harris’s replacement under centre for Ottawa — Dominique Davis — set the Stamps up with great field position, but Paredes clanked his 15-yard effort off the upright resulting in a dead ball.
The win moved Calgary to 4-0 on the season, taking them four points clear atop the West Division; Dave Dickenson’s team will return home to face the Montreal Alouettes (1-3) next Saturday (9 p.m. ET).
Claybrooks’s defence was straight-up dominant, limiting Ottawa to 169 total yards.
Ottawa’s record dropped to 2-2, and the team will have to find answers offensively ahead of a visit from the BC Lions on Friday Night Football (7:30 p.m. ET) next week.

76ers Advance Past Number One Pick And Suns

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 88-86, in the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
Despite the fact that a winless Philadelphia team had to play an undefeated Phoenix team, the Sixers were able to prevail in comeback fashion. In fact, the Sixers overcame a 14-point second quarter deficit by outscoring the Suns in the third quarter, 28-19, while holding the lead for the entire fourth quarter. This was a competitive game down the stretch, as it stayed within a four-point margin across the final three minutes of action, as the Suns committed a critical turnover in the final seconds with an opportunity to tie the game. Rim protection was a huge factor for Philly, as they out-blocked Phoenix, 8-4. Three-point shooting was also imperative, with the Sixers connecting on 15-of-34 and the Suns hitting just 5-of-20 from long range.
The Sixers (1-3) were led by Isaiah Miles, as he tallied 20 points and six boards on 7-of-10 shooting. Furkan Korkmaz finished with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. Demetrius Jackson accrued 10 points, three rebounds and five assists while Askia Booker led the bench with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Suns (3-1) had four starters reach double figures in scoring, as Shaquille Harrison led the way with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Davon Reed totaled 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Deandre Ayton amassed 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals while Dragan Bender added 12 points and five boards.
On deck for Phoenix is a second-round matchup on Saturday with the winner of the Milwaukee-San Antonio game.

Grizzlies Gets Past Thunder

Markel Crawford and 2018 second-round pick Jevon Carter combined for 40 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game at Cox Pavilion on Thursday evening.
The Grizzlies (2-2) laid the foundation for victory with a dominant first half in which they scored 24 points in each of the first two quarters. Their 48-27 halftime lead appeared safe, but the Thunder (2-2) would make a game of it in the second half. Oklahoma City cut 10 points off Memphis’ edge in the third period, and ultimately put together their best offensive quarter in the final quarter by scoring 33 points. Their defense simply couldn’t keep up, however, as the Grizzlies’ 29 fourth-quarter points were enough to hold off the comeback.
The Grizzlies held the edge for most of the contest, with the game featuring only one tie and one lead change. The Thunder made up substantial ground on the stat sheet after the lopsided first half, and they ultimately boasted five double-digit scorers.
Hamidou Diallo paced the Thunder with 14 points and added five rebounds. Rashawn Thomas followed with 13 points, seven boards, one steal and one block in 19 minutes. Deonte Burton had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. Second-round pick Kevin Hervey matched Burton’s scoring and also supplied one rebound and one steal. Mike Cobbins scored 10 points in 15 points, while Daniel Hamilton added seven points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and one block.
Crawford’s 21 points led the Grizzlies and added four rebounds, one assist and two steals. Carter had with 19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and one steal. First-round pick Jaren Jackson, Jr. posted 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one steal. Brady Heslip and DJ Stephens each had eight points.

Celtics Advanced Past Knicks

The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks 82-75 in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
While this matchup wasn’t decided until the final minutes, Boston won this game in wire-to-wire fashion. The first quarter played a huge part of that, with the Celtics outscoring the Knicks, 27-16. New York trailed by double-digits for the majority of the contest from there, though a late run got the game down to a four-point margin late in the fourth quarter. However, Boston was able to seal the win with some free-throws. While Boston didn’t dominate any specific statistic, they held the advantage in nearly every category. In fact, the Celtics outpaced the Knicks in field goal percentage, rebounds, assists, steals and turnovers, with the 12-7 turnover differential being the most lopsided stat.
The Knicks (1-3) got a beastly performance out of Mitchell Robinson, who collected 17 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and six blocks on 8-of-10 shooting. Kevin Knox went just 5-of-20 from the field to accrue 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Allonzo Trier totaled 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. Troy Williams led the bench with eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Celtics (3-1) were led by Semi Ojeleye, as he amassed 21 points and five boards. Jabari Bird finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Guerschon Yabusele generated 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks, while Pierria Henry accumulated eight points, five rebounds and six assists.
On deck for Boston is a matchup with the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. The Knicks, on the other hand, await their consolation matchup.

Jarrod Jones Leads Heat Past Pelicans

The Miami Heat defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 110-106, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Thursday.
Miami became the fourth team to upend a higher-seeded team in the first round. Although the Pelicans cut Miami’s lead to two points in the closing minutes, Derrick Walton Jr. knocked down a clutch three-pointer to put the game out of reach.
After spending the past six years overseas, Jarrod Jones has made a splash in his return to NBA action with the Heat. He followed up a double-double on Saturday with a 31-point performance against the Pelicans. In addition to his game-sealing three, Walton Jr. also pitched in with a 15-point, 11-assist double-double.
Cheick Diallo continued his impressive summer campaign and led the Pelicans in scoring with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Walter Lemon Jr., a G-League standout for the Pels, also showed up with another hefty stat line, tallying 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. He’s now collected 26 assists over four games in Las Vegas.
Miami will now advance to the second round of the summer league playoffs to face the Boston Celtics. The Pelicans will play their next game in the consolation bracket.

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Hornets Sting Warriors

The Charlotte Hornets blew out the Golden State Warriors, 87-69, in Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Wednesday evening.
Charlotte struck first and never looked back, preventing the Warriors from ever gaining the lead in the game. Relatively strong jump shooting helped the Hornets jump out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter. That advantage continued to build throughout, as Charlotte led by as much as 23 by the game’s end.
The Hornets’ starting frontcourt dominated, as Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, and Willy Hernangomez each scored at least 17 points in the blowout win. Bridges, Charlotte’s 2018 first-round pick, added eight rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block to his strong scoring effort. Hernangomez, meanwhile, shot 7-of-11 from the floor en route to 18 points.
The Warriors were led by center Marcus Derrickson, who shot 8-of-15 en route to 20 points. Rion Brown added 13 points. No other Warrior scored in double figures, however, as the team shot just 36 percent in the wire-to-wire loss that sends them to a consolation game.

Late Run Gives Raptors Win Over Nuggets

OG Anunoby scored 22 points to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the Denver Nuggets, 85-77, in Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavillion on Wednesday evening.
One quarter was all it took to swing the game, as the Raptors turned a deficit around thanks to a blistering fourth quarter run. After trailing by as much as 12 late in the third, Toronto came back strong, establishing as much as a 17-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Strong three-point shooting helped bolster the Toronto’s offense, as the Raptors went 12-of-28 from beyond the arc.
Anunoby was the Raptors’ top scorer, shooting 9-of-17 and knocking down two three-pointers. Giddy Potts added 14 points off the Toronto bench. Potts was one of three double-digit scorers for the Raptors’ second unit.
Monte Morris led Denver with 21 points. The sophomore guard shot 7-of-12 and dished out seven assists. Malik Beasley added another 19 points, but it took him 23 field goal attempts to do so.

Hawks Comeback To Beat Pacers

Tyler Dorsey and 2018 first-round pick Trae Young combined for 47 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 107-101 win over the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs Wednesday evening.
The final score was in no way indicative of how the game started, as the Pacers (1-3) doubled up the overmatched Hawks (2-2) by a 32-16 margin in the first quarter. Although Atlanta was much more competitive in the second, they still headed to the halftime locker room facing a 62-40 deficit.
The Hawks chipped another nine points off the Pacers’ lead during the third quarter, setting up a final period where they avenged the lopsided start to the contest. Atlanta would trounce Indiana, 35-16, to close out the comeback win.
There were only four lead changes overall, with the Hawks playing catchup the majority of the game. Atlanta won the rebounding battle, 45-38, and ended up draining 54.8 percent of their 73 attempts, including 39.3 percent of their 28 tries from distance.
Dorsey added eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block to his team-leading 24 points. Young, meanwhile, supplied 23 points, eight assists and two steals. Both players shot 50.0 percent from the field. Omari Spellman turned in 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block. Jock Landale and Antonius Cleveland registered matching eight-point tallies, with the former also registering six rebounds and the latter adding three rebounds and one steal.
Alex Poythress led the Pacers with 21 points on 10-for-17 shooting, and also posted seven rebounds and two steals. Aaron Holiday contributed 13 points, nine assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block. Alize Johnson generated a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double that also included three assists and one steal.
Travis Leslie managed 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Edmond Sumner led the second unit with 12 points as well, while also dishing out three assists, hauling in two rebounds, recording one steal and posting one block.
The Hawks advance to face the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Pacers await their consolation matchup.

Pistons Out Defend Timberwolves

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 64-59, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s contest was sloppy on both sides. The Pistons (2-2) shot 33.8 percent and committed 16 turnovers, while the Timberwolves (2-2) shot 34.6 percent and handed the ball over 22 times. Detroit took a commanding lead after the first half, 36-17, which included limiting Minnesota to just six points in the second quarter.
However, using a plus-eight offensive rebounding advantage, the Wolves were able to gain extra possessions and keep the game close. The third quarter went to Minnesota, 26-11, but the team couldn’t seal the game, losing the final period 17-16.
Bruce Brown led the Pistons in points (15), rebounds (11), assists (six) and steals (five) in what was a dominant two-way performance. Eric Griffin was the only other Piston to score in double-digits, recording 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and going 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Keita Bates-Diop scored a team-high 16 points for the Wolves, while coming up just one rebound shy of a double-double. However, his performance was dampened by seven turnovers. Jonathan Stark marked the only other teammate to reach double-figures, dropping 10 points. Amile Jefferson showed off his rebounding ability, grabbing 15 boards in 29 minutes, including four on the offensive end.
Detroit will move on to play the Chicago Bulls in the second round. Minnesota will wait and see who its opponent is for a consolation game.

Bulls Hit Threes To Beat Mavericks

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 95-83, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Wednesday.
The Mavericks charged ahead early and led by 13 at the end of the first quarter, but Chicago quickly responded with a 27-point second quarter to take the lead at the half. The Bulls never relinquished the lead due in large part to excellent shot-making from beyond the arc, where they converted 15 threes in 33 attempts. Dallas could only muster an ice-cold 28.6 percent from long range.
Antonio Blakeney followed up his 23-point performance on Tuesday with a 28-point tally, as the G-League standout once again demonstrated why he was a marquee player for the Windy City Bulls last year. Wendell Carter continued his strong summer league play with 19 points and nine rebounds, and fellow first-round pick Chandler Hutchison pitched in with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double in the win.
Second-year player Kyle Collinsworth led the Mavericks with 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Phil Greene was the only starter to log double-digits for Dallas, as the former St. Johns point guard tallied only 10 points in the loss.
The Bulls will now move on to the second round of the tournament on Saturday, where they will face the winner of Wednesday’s Pistons-Timberwolves game. The Mavericks, on the other hand, await their consolation matchup.

Rockets Lead Entire Game To Advance Past Nets

The Houston Rockets bested the Brooklyn Nets, 109-102, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Wednesday.
Houston held the lead from the opening tip-off and never relinquished it. Despite an explosive third quarter from the Nets, the 28th seed could only keep pace with Houston in that stanza and faded from contention in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets had seven players log double-digit scoring performances, with USC product De’Anthony Melton posting yet another impressive game with 17 points, five rebounds and three steals across 33 minutes on the floor. Danuel House also continued his superlative summer league campaign with 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
The Nets were led by Milton Doyle, who scored 21 points off the bench. Jarrett Allen, who will become a key player for the Nets in his sophomore season, also contributed with a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The Rockets will move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday, while the Nets currently await their consolation matchup.

Cavaliers Offense Too Much For Kings

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 96-84, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Wednesday.
Cleveland played this game without arguably their two best players, Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic, but they were still able to cruise to the second round of the playoffs. The key stretch was a 19-3 run spanning between the third and fourth quarters, as that gave the Cavaliers a game-high 20-point lead with only seven minutes remaining.
The Kings simply couldn’t recover from that and they never got the game within a single-digit margin from there. The shooting disparity was the difference in the game, with Cleveland connecting on 46.5 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. They did that while holding Sacramento to 35.0 percent, 25.0 percent and 62.1 percent, respectively. Rim protection was also key for the Cavaliers, as they won the defensive rebounding differential, 31-24, while out-blocking the Kings, 7-3.
The Kings (1-3) were led by Justin Jackson, who tallied 20 points and four boards. Harry Giles accrued seven points, five rebounds and six assists. Wenyen Gabriel totaled 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Zach Auguste paced the bench with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
The Cavaliers' (3-1) first-round pick Collin Sexton collected 25 points, four rebounds and seven assists on 9-of-15 shooting. Jamel Artis amassed 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Okaro White finished with 13 points and seven boards. Billy Preston and Scoochie Smith led the bench with 10 points apiece.
On deck for Cleveland is a matchup with the winner of the Brooklyn-Houston game. As for Sacramento, they’ll await to see who they play in their consolation game.

Clippers Beat Wizards To Advance To Second Round

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Washington Wizards, 89-74, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Wednesday.
This was a dominating performance for the Clippers, as they won this game in wire-to-wire fashion. A 31-15 first quarter set the tone for Los Angeles and they held a double-digit lead for the final three quarters. Rebounding was huge for the Clippers, finishing with a 46-32 advantage on the boards. Ball movement was also critical, with Los Angeles out-assisting Washington, 21-15. The Clippers also held the Wizards to just 38.2 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from three-point range.
The Wizards (1-3) had just three players in double figures, with Devin Robinson leading the team with 26 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. Troy Brown Jr. was the only other starter in double figures, as he amassed 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Aaron Harrison led the bench with 12 points and three boards.
The Clippers (2-2) were led by Reggie Upshaw, who he tallied 24 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Angel Delgado totaled 14 points, 10 rebounds and five steals on 7-of-9 shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander accrued 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals while Jerome Robinson finished with 15 points, two rebounds and three assists.
On deck for the Clippers is a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. Washington will await to see who they play in their final consolation game.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Lakers Finish Strong To Beat Knicks

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 109-92 in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Tuesday.
While the Lakers led for all but a few minutes of this game, it took some major swings to secure the win. In fact, Los Angeles blew a 25-point second half lead at one point, as New York ended the third quarter on a 28-3 run to tie the game. The Knicks were able to grab their largest lead of three points to start the fourth quarter, but the Lakers responded with 16 unanswered to re-take control and cruise to victory.
Defense was key for Los Angeles, recording nine steals while winning the turnover differential, 18-11. Getting to the free-throw line was also huge for the Lakers, as they went 27-of-36 from the charity stripe.
The Lakers (3-0) got a gem out of Josh Hart, who tallied 27 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Alex Caruso was the second-best starter, as he accrued five points, four rebounds and 10 assists. Jeff Ayres led the bench with 17 points and four boards on 7-of-7 shooting from the field, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes provided 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals off the pine as well.
The Knicks (1-2) were led by first-round pick Kevin Knox. The 6-foot-9 forward collected a game-high 29 points, to go along with nine rebounds and two assists. Mitchell Robinson amassed 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Allonzo Trier accumulated 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on 8-of-13 shooting. Troy Williams led the bench with 15 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Kings Big Third Quarter Too Big For Grizzlies

The Sacramento Kings broke open a tightly contested affair with a prolific third quarter on their way to a 94-80 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center.
A competitive first half culminated in a slim 42-39 halftime lead for the Kings (1-2). However, Sacramento came out of the halftime locker room dominating on both ends of the floor, which allowed them to stretch their lead to 18 points entering the final period. The Grizzlies (1-2) were able to put together their best offensive quarter in the fourth by scoring 29 points, but they’d only made a five-point dent in their deficit by game’s end.
The contest featured 11 ties and eight lead changes, but the Grizzlies’ last advantage came in the latter stages of the second quarter. As the final score implied, the Kings held the advantage in multiple categories across the stat sheet, with their 53.7 percent shooting mark – which included a 40.0 percent success rate from distance -- particularly standing out.
Justin Jackson extended his strong summer by leading the Kings with 20 points and two rebounds. Matt Jones followed with a bench-leading 15 points and added one steal. Harry Giles and Anthony Brown generated matching 11-point efforts, with the former adding 12 rebounds and the latter delivering five boards, four assists and one steal. Frank Mason turned in a 10-point, 13-assist double-double that also included a block.
Ivan Rabb and Wayne Selden co-led the Grizzlies with 17 points apiece. Rabb added eight rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Selden also finished with four assists, three rebounds and one block. Brandon Goodwin poured in 14 points and also logged four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kobi Simmons supplied 11 points, three assists and one steal. Deyonta Davis registered 10 points, six boards, one assist and one steal.

Hawks Come Back To Beat Bulls

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Chicago Bulls 101-93 in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Tuesday.
This game was full of fluctuations, including a 30-point swing between the second and fourth quarters. Atlanta took control in the second and third quarters, outscoring Chicago 59-38. That stretch allowed them to overcome a 19-point deficit in the first half, which marks one of the largest blown leads in this year's summer league.
The Hawks actually held the lead for the final 15 minutes of action and the Bulls never got within a four-point margin in the final quarter. Turnovers really killed the Bulls, as the Hawks won that battle 15-9 while taking 10 more shots than Chicago. Three-point shooting was also critical, with Atlanta connecting on 14-of-35 from long range.
The Hawks (1-2) were led by Trae Young, who tallied 24 points, five assists and two steals. Jaylen Adams was huge off the bench, providing 23 points, four rebounds and two assists on 8-of-12 shooting. Jaylen Morris finished with 17 points and six boards, while Omari Spellman collected 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
The Bulls (1-2) got matching 23-point efforts out of Wendell Carter Jr. and Antonio Blakeney. Carter Jr. added six rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 9-of-13 shooting to his tally, while Blakeney provided an additional five rebounds and five assists. Kaiser Gates was the only other Chicago player in double figures, as he led the bench with 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.

90 Percent Free Throw Percentage Helps Heat Beat Jazz

The Miami Heat broke open a halftime tie with a prolific third quarter on their way to a 98-90 win over the Utah Jazz in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams matched each other basket for basket in the first half, leading to a 47-47 halftime deadlock. However, the Heat (1-2) came out of intermission playing superior ball on both ends of the court, outscoring the Jazz (1-2), 30-19. While Utah ultimately outshot Miami by a 46.9 percent-39.0 percent margin, the Heat’s 90.0 percent success rate on 30 free-throw attempts (compared to 12 for the Jazz) proved pivotal to their success.
Grayson Allen and Diamond Stone co-led the Jazz with 17 points apiece. Allen added seven rebounds and three assists, while Stone provided seven boards and one assist. Georges Niang supplied 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and one block. Trey Lewis poured in 11 points and also contributed six assists and five rebounds.
The Heat were led by 2017 first-round pick Bam Adebayo, who posted 24 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Ike Nwamu registered 18 points, seven boards and two assists. Yante Maten managed 14 points, seven boards and one block. Duncan Robinson finished with 12 points, two boards and two assists. Rashad Vaughn led the second unit with eight points and also hauled in a pair of rebounds.

Trail Blazers Steals Win From Spurs

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 95-89, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Tuesday.
The final scoreline makes this game look much closer than it actually was, as Portland led for all but a few minutes. In fact, the Trail Blazers were ahead by as much as 22 points during the second half and the six-point final margin was actually the closest the game was since the opening minutes of the third quarter. The first and third quarters gave Portland separation, outscoring San Antonio, 52-38. Defense was key for Portland, as the team recorded 14 steals while winning the turnover differential, 22-17. Three-point shooting was also critical, with the Trail Blazers connecting on 11-of-21 attempts from long range.
The Spurs (1-2) had no player score more than 12 points, as Jaron Blossomgame led the team with 12 points and four rebounds. Lonnie Walker IV finished with 12 points of his own and added two boards. Olivier Hanlan accrued 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Trey McKinney-Jones posted a bench-high 11 points, to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Trail Blazers' (3-0) highest scorer came off the bench, as Gary Trent Jr. paced the team with 20 points and two steals. Wade Baldwin IV led the starters with 16 points, two rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Jake Layman amassed 15 points and eight boards, while Caleb Swanigan totaled 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Both teams will await playoff seedings to see who they matchup with next in the coming few days.

NBA Summer League Recap For July 09, 2018


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rockets Make 12 3's In Route Vs Clippers

The Houston Rockets delivered a dominant offensive performance as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 104-90, in Las Vegas Summer League action at Cox Pavilion on Monday.
The Clippers never led, as the Rockets hopped out to an immediate lead that expanded to 14 points within the first quarter. Led by lights-out three-point shooting, the Rockets continued to dominate on the offensive end. The Rockets led by as much as 24, knocking down 12 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting en route to the victory.
Rookie De’Anthony Melton led all scorers with 26 points. The USC product knocked down five 3-pointers and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. Vincent Edwards added an additional 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
For the Clippers, rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 25 points. The former Kentucky standout added five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Forward Vincent Hunter shot 7-of-8 from the floor en route to 20 points for the Clippers. Ultimately, it was not enough, though, as the team shot just 39.1 percent in the loss.

Amile Jefferson Helps Wolves Take Down Nets

Amile Jefferson provided 12 rebounds and four blocks to help the Minnesota Timberwolves take down the Brooklyn Nets, 78-69, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Monday.
The Timberwolves got off to a hot start, taking a double-digit lead within the first 12 minutes of action. While Minnesota seemed to be running away with the game, Brooklyn quickly answered with a 14-0 run to take the lead by halftime. It proved to be a game of runs, as Minnesota responded by starting the second half on a 12-0 tear, giving the Wolves a lead that the never relinquished.
While Jefferson’s dominance in the paint helped Minnesota earn the win, fellow rookies Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop provided scoring for an otherwise relatively stagnant offense. The pair combined for 22 points. Okogie, a Georgia Tech product, added four assists and three steals to his scoring output.
Offense came almost exclusively off the bench for the Nets, as the team’s starters combined for just 21 points in the loss. Shawn Dawson and Yuta Watanabe each scored 14 points for the second unit, sharing the team lead in scoring.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Ayton And Suns Beat Bamba And Magic In Battle Of Bigs

No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns defeat the Orlando Magic, 71-53, in Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Monday.
Offense never came easily to the Magic, who scored only 24 points in the first half. Phoenix had established a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter, and only expanded its advantage from there. Orlando shot just 30.9 percent from the field and hit only three 3-pointers in the blowout loss.
Ayton asserted himself in the paint, grabbing five offensive rebounds and shooting 6-of-10 in the win. Third-year big man Dragan Bender added another 11 points, which came on 4-of-10 shooting.
For the Magic, sophomore forward Jonathan Isaac was the only player to score in double figures, as he tallied 10 points on the night. No. 6 overall pick Mohamed Bamba showcased his defensive prowess, finishing with two steals and five blocked shots.

Nuggets Win Close Battle With Bucks

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 90-83, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Monday.
While there were 10 ties and 13 lead changes in the first 22 minutes of action, Denver controlled the game from there. A 23-13 third quarter allowed the Nuggets to hold the lead for the entirety of the fourth quarter, as that was the only quarter decided by more than two points. Milwaukee really struggled late, missing its final six shots and committing two turnovers in the final two minutes of action. Turnovers were the difference in the game, with the Nuggets forcing 17 of them while committing just 11 on their end. Three-point shooting was also critical, with the Nuggets hitting 11-of-22 and the Bucks connecting on just 8-of-30 from range.
The Bucks (1-2) got a spectacular performance out of Sterling Brown, who collected 27 points, seven rebounds and three assists on 11-of-18 from the field. D.J. Wilson totaled 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Christian Wood amassed 16 points and six boards. No other player on the roster had more than six points.
The Nuggets (3-0) were led by second-year guard Monte Morris’ 20 points, six rebounds and eight assists. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell tallied 18 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Vlatko Cancar led the bench with 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
These teams will await playoff seedings to see who they play in the Summer League postseason starting on Wednesday.

Mavericks Too Big For Warriors

The Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 91-71 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday at the Thomas and Mack Center.
The Mavericks (2-1) controlled the game from the tip-off and blitzed the Warriors with a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. Phil Greene led the way for Dallas with 14 points and shot an impressive 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Former Louisville standout Ray Spalding chipped in with nine rebounds and eight points.
Golden State (1-2) never saw the lead, as the Warriors shot a sluggish 35.9 percent from the floor and struggled from beyond the arc, making only eight treys in 23 attempts. Without second-year forward Jordan Bell (shoulder) in the lineup, the Warriors were out-rebounded 55-34 and only saw double-digit scoring performances from Kendrick Nunn and Josh Magette, who each finished with 10 points.
This game concluded the first set of games for both teams, and both will now await seeding for tournament play, which begins Wednesday.

Celtics Dominate Hornets

The Boston Celtics defeated the Charlotte Hornets 100-80 in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Monday.
The first quarter really set the tone in this game, as Boston dominated from start to finish. The Celtics led 30-20 after the first and led by at least seven points for the duration of the final three quarters. Boston also dominated the final period, outscoring Charlotte, 32-22. The shooting disparity tells the story, with the Celtics hitting 52.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range, while holding the Hornets to just 38.1 percent from the field and 29 percent from deep. Defensive rebounding was also key for Boston, which won the rebounding battle, 33 to 22
The Hornets (2-1) were led by rookie forward Miles Bridges, who tallied 20 points and seven rebounds. Willy Hernangomez accrued 17 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Dwayne Bacon was the only other starter in double figures, amassing 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Celtics (2-1) had seven players reach double figures in scoring. Jabari Bird led the starters with 16 points, three rebounds and five assists on 7-of-11 from the field. Semi Ojeleye finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Guerschon Yabusele totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Former Iowa standout Jarrod Uthoff led the bench with 16 points and six boards. Trey Davis and Hassan Martin also reached double figures off the bench
Both teams will await seedings for the playoffs to see who they play next.

Wizards Cruises Past 76ers

The Washington Wizards started off strong and never trailed, cruising to an 87-75 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Monday.
The Wizards (1-2) established the tone for the contest with a 22-17 first-quarter advantage, and they’d expand their edge to 13 points by intermission. Although the 76ers came back to edge them by a 48-46 margin in the second half, Washington parlayed their early dominance to a relatively comfortable win.
The Wizards shot 41.7 percent and 84.6 percent from the field and free-throw line, respectively. The 76ers drained just 35.1 percent of their 74 attempts, including a 6-of-25 clip from three-point range. Philadelphia did boast one advantage on the stat sheet, winning the rebounding battle, 42-31.
Chris McCullough led the 76ers with 20 points in 22 minutes off the bench and also supplied eight boards and three blocks. Devyn Marble followed with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Jonah Bolden matched Marble’s scoring total and added nine boards, one assist and one steal. Cameron Oliver followed with nine points, six boards and one steal. First-round pick Zhaire Smith managed two points on 1-for-9 shooting, along with three assists, one rebound, one steal and one block.
Troy Brown, Jr. paced the Wizards with 23 points, adding eight rebounds and two assists. Devin Robinson provided 22 points on 80.0 percent shooting, while also posting two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Thomas Bryant generated a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double that also included one assist, two blocks and one steal. Tiwian Kendley led the second unit with nine points.

Cavs Out Battles Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers, 93-88, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Monday.
There were seven ties and seven lead changes in this tightly contested game, with neither club ever leading by double digits. With that said, Cleveland held the advantage for the entirety of the fourth quarter, as Indiana couldn’t get within a two-point margin. The second quarter was decisive for the Cavaliers, marking the only quarter decided by more than three points with Cleveland winning it, 26-18. Shooting was key for the Cavaliers, considering they hit 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They did that while holding Indiana to a 44.4 percent clip from the field and just 30 percent from long range. Ball movement was also critical for Cleveland, as they out-assisted Indiana, 17-11.
The Pacers (1-2) were led by T.J. Leaf, as he collected 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-21 shooting. Edmond Sumner returned from injury and finished with 14 points, two assists and two steals. Aaron Holiday was extremely inefficient, as he tallied 12 points, five rebounds, eight assists and eight turnovers on 4-of-14 from the field.
The Cavaliers (2-1) got another gem out of Cedi Osman, who led the way with 25 points, six rebounds and six assists. Collin Sexton was the only other starter in double figures, accruing 21 points and four assists. Billy Preston led the bench with 12 points, four rebounds and two steals.
This marks the end of the Summer League regular season for both of these clubs and they now await seedings for the playoffs that begin on Wednesday.