Thursday, July 5, 2018

Warriors Defense Too Much For Kings

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings, 71-54, at the California Classic Summer League at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Tuesday.
The Warriors came out early and set the tone in this lopsided victory, as they led 27-11 after the first quarter. In fact, the Kings never got the game within a single-digit margin after that opening quarter. Ball movement was the difference for Golden State, as they out-assisted Sacramento, 14-9, while winning the turnover differential, 14-9. Defense was critical for the Warriors, recording nine steals and nine blocks while holding the Kings to 19-of-69 shooting from the field and 4-of-26 from three-point range. Golden State’s bench was also huge, considering they outscored Sacramento’s reserves, 23-7.
The Warriors' (2-0) best player was Jordan Bell. The big man collected eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four blocks. Jacob Evans, making his summer league debut, led the team in scoring, totaling 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. Damian Jones accrued six points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
The Kings (1-1) were led by Justin Jackson, as he tallied 20 points and five rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Frank Mason was the only other King in double figures, accumulating 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Marvin Bagley had a game to forget. The No. 2 overall pick went just 3-of-16 from the field to collect seven points and seven boards. The bench combined to shoot just 2-of-18 from the field to total seven points.
Both teams return to action on Thursday, with Golden State playing the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento facing the Miami Heat.

Heat Too Hot For Lakers

The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 89-74 at the California Classic Summer League at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Tuesday.
A 31-19 first quarter advantage for Miami really set the tone in this game, as the Heat dominated the rest of the contest. In fact, Miami led by 19 points at the half and by 29 points heading into the fourth quarter, with the game never getting within a 12-point margin following the first quarter. Ball movement was critical for the Heat, considering they recorded 27 assists while the Lakers mustered up just 14 of their own. Defense was also huge, as Miami recorded 15 steals and eight blocks while forcing 20 turnovers from Los Angeles.
The Heat (1-1) were led by Derrick Jones Jr., as he tallied 21 points, five rebounds and three steals. Duncan Robinson finished with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Bam Adebayo totaled nine points and 10 rebounds while Daryl Macon accrued eight points, two rebounds and 11 assists. Yante Maten led the bench with 15 points, five boards and four steals.
The Lakers (0-2) highest scorer had just 12 points, as Svi Mykhailiuk collected 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Xavier Rathan-Mayes tallied nine points, two rebounds and five assists. Demarcus Holland led the bench with 10 points and two boards.
Both teams return to action Thursday, with Los Angeles playing the Golden State Warriors and Miami facing off with the Sacramento Kings.