The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 88-87 Friday in the Las Vegas Summer League contest at Thomas and Mack Center.
What would prove to be a four-quarter, nip-and-tuck battle began with the Thunder (0-1) building a 28-24 lead through one quarter. The Hornets (1-0) were able to chip a point from their deficit in an even tighter second period, which left Oklahoma City with a 50-47 halftime advantage.
Charlotte then played their best defensive quarter coming out of intermission, limiting the Thunder to 15 points and gaining a three-point advantage of their own in the process during the third. That set up a highly competitive final quarter, one which the Hornets narrowly escaped from a with a one-point win.
The Thunder’s 43.6 percent success rate from the field was markedly better than the Hornets’ 36.6 percent figure.
Rashawn Thomas led the way for the Thunder with 23 points. Dakari Johnson followed with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. PJ Dozier contributed 12 points, six rebounds and one assist. Daniel Hamilton generated an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double that also included eight assists and one steal. Terrance Ferguson turned in seven points, five rebounds and two assists.
Malik Monk led a talented Hornets squad that boasts a solid amount of NBA experience with 23 points, complementing them with two assists, one rebound and two steals. Willy Hernangomez generated a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double that also included two assists and two blocks.
Arnoldas Kulboka, this year’s second-round pick, tallied 12 points, one rebound and one steal in 13 minutes off the bench. Dwayne Bacon managed 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Devonte’ Graham supplied 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.
The Orlando Magic defeated the Brooklyn Nets 86-80 in the Las Vegas Summer League Friday at Cox Pavilion.
While there were only two ties and one lead change in this game, it was an extremely competitive matchup. Neither club led by more than 12 points, as it was within a single-digit margin for all but a couple minutes. The second quarter is what decided the game for the Magic as they outscored Brooklyn 22-10. Turnovers doomed the Nets, as they committed 16 of them while forcing just 11 from Orlando. The Magic ended up hitting 45 percent of their shots while holding the Nets to just 38 percent from the field.
Shawn Dawson led the Nets (1-0) with 20 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of the bench. Tyler Davis led the starters with 13 points and three rebounds. Milton Doyle started at point guard and provided nine points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Magic (1-0) were led by Jonathan Isaac, as he tallied 20 points and seven rebounds. Troy Caupain matched those 20 points, providing three rebounds and two assists to lead the bench. Mohamed Bamba totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Isaiah Briscoe accrued 16 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Former Xavier standout Trevon Blueitt scored 24 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans past the Toronto Raptors, 90-77, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Friday.
The Pelicans got hot late in the first quarter and never looked back, immediately jumping out to an enormous lead. A 27-12 second quarter all but sealed the game for New Orleans, which led by as much as 25 points en route to a commanding win.
Blueitt’s impressive scoring total came in just 19 minutes of play off the bench. New Orleans also saw big production from center Cheick Diallo, who scored 13 points and turned in a team-high 10 rebounds. Second-year guard Frank Jackson turned his ankle and left the game but not before adding 13 points of his own.
As a team, Toronto shot just 32.9 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from three. The cold shooting night was felt across the roster, as only two players scored in double digits. Undrafted rookie Rawle Alkins and Alfonzo McKinnie shared the team lead with 12 points apiece.
Trevon Duval and Danuel House scored 20 points each to help the Houston Rockets defeat the Indiana Pacers, 92-89, in the Las Vegas Summer League opener for both teams at Cox Pavilion on Friday.
After building a solid, eight-point lead in the second quarter, the Pacers let things quickly get out of hand into the second half. Houston went on a quick, 10-0 run to take the lead before halftime and never gave it up. The Rockets’ lead ballooned to as much as 11, and the team never trailed in the second half.
Duval, a Duke product, shot 7-of-10 from the field and contributed a block in his rookie debut for the Rockets. It was a much shakier debut for his fellow rookie guard, De’Anthony Melton, who shot only 2-of-14 from the field en route to four points for the game.
While the Pacers did not manage the win, they did see plenty of production from first-round pick Aaron Holiday. Holiday, who joins brothers Jrue and Justin in the NBA, scored 23 points in his Summer League debut. Big man T.J. Leaf, the Pacers’ 2017 first-round pick, grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, but he shot only 2-of-14 from the floor.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders squeezed out an 18-13 victory over Hamilton on Thursday night to kick off Week 4 of the CFL season.
The two sides traded blows throughout the evening in a low-scoring affair, but the Riders took the lead for good with 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard touchdown run by Marcus Thigpen.
The last-moment win overshadowed another big night for Jeremiah Masoli, who tied the CFL’s record with his ninth straight 300-yard passing game.
Hamilton’s offence looked sharp at the start. Early in the first quarter, Nikita Whitlock, Mercer Timmis and John White helped establish a strong running game capped off by a 29-yard pass from Jeremiah Masoli to Brandon Banks. The Ticats drove the ball to the Roughriders’ four-yard line, but Saskatchewan’s goal line defense was able to hold Hamilton to a field goal.
Brandon Bridge could not find any momentum initially with the Roughriders’ offence, but Masoli made an impact early on with both his arm and his legs. Late in the first quarter, Masoli’s 14-yard sneak up the middle and 30-yard completion to Banks put the Ticats in prime scoring position, but Lirim Hajrullahu missed a 32-yard field goal to keep the score within Saskatchewan’s reach at 4-0 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Riders head coach Chris Jones decided to insert David Watford at quarterback, and the 25-year-old had a quick impact with his feet. Nonetheless, a 29-yard rush by Watford on could not spark the offence. It was Saskatchewan’s special teams that took back some momentum by pinning Hamilton deep in their own territory on a well-executed punt.
The Ticats gained back some ground but eventually punted the ball back to Christion Jones, who gave Saskatchewan their best field position of the game with a 27-yard return late in the second quarter.
The ensuing Roughriders drive was aided by a costly roughing the passer penalty to Hamilton’s Ted Laurent, and Saskatchewan once again threatened to score. They drove the ball all the way to the Ticats’ one-yard line, but Bridge fumbled the football just before landing in the end zone to hand Hamilton a massive turnover.
Led by Masoli, the Ticats were working their way efficiently past midfield until Riders’ defensive lineman Charleston Hughes throttled his way through the defense for a sack and fumble. Hughes scooped up the loose ball and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown that sparked Mosaic Stadium into a frenzy and put Saskatchewan ahead 6-4.
Eager to make up for his mistake, Masoli led a two-minute drive at the end of the first half that resulted in a Ticats field goal to put Hamilton in front 7-6 at the break. Hamilton dominated the first half in net yards, out-gaining Saskatchewan 243 yards to 89.
The Ticats shut out their previous three opponents in third quarters this season, but Saskatchewan was able to buck the trend when Brett Lauther nailed a 52-yard kick to put the Riders ahead 9-7 midway through third.
Masoli responded with a 64-yard drive capped off by a 19-yard Hajrullahu field goal to put the Ticats back ahead. As the second half went on, the Riders’ defence tightened up and made it difficult for Masoli to move the ball at will.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Riders defensive end Tobi Antigha dropped into coverage and picked off Masoli to give Saskatchewan prime field position at Hamilton’s 21 yard line.
The Ticats were able to hold the Riders to a field goal as Saskatchewan took a 12-10 lead.
Unfazed, Masoli needed less than three minutes to bring the Ticats back in front by leading a drive from Hamilton’s 35 yard line that finished with a 39-yard field goal by Hajrullahu for a 13-12 lead. In the fourth quarter, Masoli tied a CFL record with his ninth consecutive game of 300 or more passing yards.
Following the three minute warning, Bridge drove the Roughriders into Hamilton territory, where Marcus Thigpen broke off a 33-yard run into the endzone for Saskatchewan’s first touchdown of the game and an 18-13 lead.
With that late score, Thigpen lifted the Riders to victory and improved their record to 2-2, while the Ticats fell to 2-2. Both teams will enjoy a Week 5 bye before a rematch at Tim Hortons Field on July 19.
The Utah Jazz defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 92-87, in the finale of the Utah Summer League at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday.
The key stretch for the Jazz was a 16-4 run spanning the third and fourth quarters that turned a one-point lead into a game-high 13-point advantage with six minutes remaining. Atlanta fought back to pull within four in the final minute but could get no closer.
The shooting disparity was critical, with Utah connecting on 44 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range while holding Atlanta to 35 percent from the field and 30 percent from long range.
Tony Bradley led the way for the Jazz (2-1) with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Georges Niang totaled 15 points and two steals, and Stanton Kidd finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Grayson Allen went just 2-of-13 from the field for nine points but added six rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Trey Lewis led the bench with 11 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Rookie Trae Young, the fifth overall pick in the draft, turned in another poor shooting night for Atlanta, going 3-of-16 from the field for 10 points. In three Summer League games, Young shot 12-of-52 for 23 percent.
Tyler Dorsey led the Hawks with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Omari Spellman totaled nine points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Antonius Cleveland led the bench with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals.
Both teams will play next in the Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday. Utah plays the Portland Trail Blazers while Atlanta faces the New York Knicks.
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 94-87, in the Utah Summer League at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday.
In the finale of the Utah Summer League, San Antonio won in comfortable fashion. In fact, the Spurs won the first three individual quarters, leading by as much as 18 points at times in the second half. Three-point shooting was the difference for San Antonio, as they went 15-of-25 from long range. Memphis put on a solid display from long range as well though, connecting on 9-of-19 shots from three-point range.
The Grizzlies (2-1) were led by Wayne Selden, as he tallied 26 points, seven rebounds and two assists on a 6-of-7 clip from long range. Jaren Jackson Jr. went just 1-of-7 from the field, but finished with eight points, four rebounds and three blocks. Kobi Simmons totaled 10 points, two assists and two steals, while Jevon Carter accrued eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Spurs (2-1) got another gem out of Derrick White, who collected 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists. First-round pick Lonnie Walker IV amassed 14 points, three rebounds and two assists. Chimezie Metu provided nine points and nine rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan led the bench with eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
Both teams will play their next game in the Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday. Memphis will play the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio will face off with the Indiana Pacers.
Derrick Jones Jr. scored 19 points to help the Miami Heat defeat the Sacramento Kings, 86-76, on Thursday in the California Classic Summer League at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Miami took the lead early on, finishing the first quarter with an eight-point advantage. That lead expanded to double digits by halftime, as the Heat’s relentless defense held Sacramento to just 34 first-half points. Sacramento began to push back early in the fourth, knocking down back-to-back jumpers to cut the lead to five points. Just as the momentum was beginning to shift, though, Miami’s Yante Maten knocked down a three-pointer while drawing a shooting foul from Sacramento’s Harry Giles. The four-point play bumped Miami’s lead back up to nine points and helped them maintain the advantage for the remainder of regulation.
Jones Jr. added seven rebounds to his team-high scoring outburst. Miami also saw strong production from sophomore big man Bam Adebayo, who finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Sacramento’s Justin Jackson led all scorers with 26 points, including four three-pointers. Second overall pick Marvin Bagley III had a relatively quiet night, finishing with one point and three rebounds on only two field goal attempts.
Up next, both teams will head to the Vegas Summer League. The Kings open things up Saturday against the Suns, while the Heat face off with the Pelicans on Saturday as well.
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 77-71, in a California Classic Summer League contest on Thursday afternoon at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
The Warriors jumped out to a quick 20-13 first-quarter lead before the Lakers (0-3) roared back to total 24 points in a productive second quarter, slicing their deficit down to 43-37 by intermission. Both clubs ultimately matched each other basket for basket in the second half, leaving the Warriors (3-0) with a six-point victory. Golden State made up for a 44-35 deficit on the rebounding front by eliciting 23 turnovers from Los Angeles, 15 of which came via steals. The Lakers also did themselves no favors at the free-throw line, where their 47.6 percent success rate paled in comparison to the Warriors’ 70.0 percent figure.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the way for the Lakers with 14 points, a total he supplemented with eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block. Nick King followed with 13 points and four rebounds. Moritz Wagner matched King’s scoring total and added 13 rebounds, an assist, four blocks and one steal. Jeffrey Carroll turned in 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Alex Caruso offered seven points, three assists and two rebounds, but he also committed eight turnovers overall.
Marcus Derrickson paced the Warriors with 24 points, complementing them with 11 rebounds, four steals and one block. Omari Johnson collected 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Gian Clavell poured in 10 points and added a steal. Elijah Brown contributed eight points and two rebounds.
The Warriors next take the floor Friday night against the LA Clippers in a Vegas Summer League opener, while the Lakers make their Vegas Summer League debut Saturday night versus the Philadelphia 76ers.