The Utah Jazz defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 92-76, in the Utah Summer League at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday.
This was a dominating performance for the Jazz, who led by at least 15 points for the entirety of the second half. A 14-2 run to start the second quarter set the tone, as that gave Utah an insurmountable 18-point lead. The Jazz ended up leading by six points after the first quarter, by 17 points at the half and by 25 points heading into the fourth quarter. Rebounding was an advantage for Utah, as they outrebounded San Antonio by a 52-41 margin.
The Spurs (0-1) only player with more than 10 points was second-year guard Derrick White, who totaled 22 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists. Rookie Chimezie Metu finished with 10 points and seven boards. Amida Brimah amassed nine points and nine rebounds.
The Jazz (1-0) had five players reach double figures in scoring. Former Iowa State standout Georges Niang led the team with 17 points and four rebounds. Tony Bradley, a one-and-done at North Carolina two seasons ago, collected 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Rookie Grayson Allen accumulated 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday, with San Antonio playing the Atlanta Hawks and Utah facing off with the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Golden State Warriors handled the Miami Heat 79-68 on Monday night in the opening matchup of the California Classic.
The Warriors were paced by 19 points and 11 rebounds from Kendrick Nunn, while Damian Jones and Jordan Howard added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Jones also had eight rebounds and an assist but picked up eight fouls in less than 25 minutes of action. Jordan Bell, who played key minutes in the playoffs off the bench for the Warriors, had four points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and five fouls in 29 minutes.
Miami struggled from the field all night, shooting just 29.3 percent as a team, including 22.6 percent (7-of-31) from deep. Derrick Jones, Jr. was the lone bright spot, as he led all scorers with 24 points, to go with 11 boards. Bam Adebayo, last year’s first-round pick, finished with 14 points, but eight of those came at the free throw line (8-11 FT), as he went just 3-of-13 from the floor. Former Michigan standout Derrick Walton, Jr. was 1-of-12 shooting, including 0-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Up next, Miami takes on the Lakers, and the Warriors match up with the Kings. Both games arrive Wednesday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Atlanta Hawks 103-88 in the Utah Summer League at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday.
A 27-20 first quarter in advantage of the Grizzlies really set a tone in this Summer League opener, as Memphis held off Atlanta for a wire-to-wire victory. The shooting disparity was the difference, with the Grizzlies connecting on 53 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point range. They did that while holding Atlanta to just 38 percent from the field and 23 percent from three.
The Hawks (0-1) were led by former Oregon standout Tyler Dorsey, who tallied 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. No. 5 overall pick Trae Young air-balled his first three-point attempt and went just 4-of-20 from the field and 1-of-11 from three-point range to finish 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Omari Spellman amassed 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
The Grizzlies (1-0) got a gem out of No. 4 overall pick Jaren Jackson, Jr., as he collected 29 points, three rebounds and two blocks on 9-of-15 from the field and 8-of-13 from three-point range. Kobi Simmons, a 2017 second-round pick, totaled 21 points, two rebounds and three assists on 8-of-13 shooting. Ivan Rabb finished with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists.