Sunday, July 8, 2018

Magic Dominates Grizzlies

The Orlando Magic dominated the Memphis Grizzlies, 86-56, in the Las Vegas Summer League on Sunday at Thomas and Mack Center.
After a 16-16 first quarter, the Magic outscored the Grizzlies 70-40 the rest of the way. The Grizzlies scored just nine points in the second quarter, and the Magic led by as many as 32 in the second half.
Memphis couldn't buy a bucket, shooting 26.2 percent from the field. Orlando held the Grizzlies to 4-of-18 shooting from 3-point range and had eight steals and eight blocks.
The Magic (2-0) spread the offense with five players in double figures, led by Jonathan Isaac's 12 points. Isaac, the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft, added seven rebounds and five blocks.
This year's fifth overall draft pick, Mohamed Bamba, scored 11 points in 15 minutes on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Byron Mullens had 11 points off the bench, and Wes Iwundu and Troy Caupain each scored 10.
The Grizzlies (1-1) were led by Kobi Simmons, who had 15 points. Simmons' 4-of-11 shooting was tops among Memphis players with at least three attempts. Jevon Carter added 11 points.
The Magic play the Phoenix Suns on Monday, and the Grizzlies play the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

Jazz Escape With A Win Vs Knicks

The Utah Jazz defeated the New York Knicks, 90-85, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Sunday.
Trailing 82-78 with 4:56 remaining, the Jazz finished the game on a 12-3 run, thanks in part to Knicks miscues. New York went 0-of-7 from the field and committed three turnovers in the final five minutes.
Utah connected on 55.2 percent of its shots from the field, while holding New York to 39.7 percent shooting.
Georges Niang, who was 8-of-13 from the field, finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals to lead the Jazz (1-1). Tony Bradley scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. Diamond Stone led the bench with 14 points.
Kevin Knox totaled 19 points, five rebounds and two steals for the Knicks (1-1). Frank Ntilikina added 17 points and six assists, and Allonzo Trier had 15 points. Mitchell Robinson finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday, with Utah facing the Miami Heat and New York squaring off against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rockets Rally To Beat Warriors

The Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Golden State Warriors, 87-81, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Sunday.
The Warriors led all but the opening minutes of the first half and took a 50-41 advantage into halftime before increasing the lead to 15 points, 67-52, by the end of the third quarter. The Rockets, though, used a 21-4 fourth-quarter run to move ahead 73-71 with 5:09 remaining, their first lead since 7:53 of the first quarter.
Tied 80-80 with 2:16 to play, the Rockets got a De'Anthony Melton pullup jumper and five free throws down the stretch to put away the Warriors for good.
R.J. Hunter scored 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 5-of-11 from 3-point range, to lead the Rockets (2-0). Melton added 17 points, five rebounds, four steals and a block. Isaiah Hartenstein finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Danuel House had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Warriors (1-1) were led by Marcus Derrickson, who totaled 23 points and seven rebounds. Omari Johnson had 10 points and five rebounds. First-round pick Jacob Evans, who suffered bruised ribs Thursday in the California Classic Summer League in Sacramento, mustered five points on 2-of-8 shooting, including 0-of-5 from long range, in 25 minutes.
Both teams are back in action Monday, as the Warriors face the Dallas Mavericks and the Rockets play the Los Angeles Clippers.

Motley Scores 20 Off Bench To Lead Mavericks Past Bucks

Johnathan Motley scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an 81-78 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Sunday.
Johnathan Motley, who played 11 games with the Mavericks last season when not in the G League, shot 8-of-10 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds.
Tied 72-72 with 5:14 to play, the Mavericks went on a 7-0 to put the Bucks away, three points coming from Motley. Milwaukee cut the lead to three but could get no closer. Dallas' defense keyed the victory, recorded 15 steals and six blocked shots.
Dorian Finney-Smith totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Mavericks (1-1). Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 points, seven assists and four steals, while Jalen Brown finished with nine points and nine boards.
Four Bucks starters reached double figures, but the Milwaukee bench was outscored, 34-18. Travis Trice II scored a team-leading 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Sterling Brown had 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Jordan Barnett finished with 13 points, and Christian Wood totaled 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and three blocks.
Both teams return to action on Monday, with Dallas playing the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee facing the Denver Nuggets.

Jake Layman Leads Trail Blazers Past Hawks

Jake Layman scored 23 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 85-68 win against the Atlanta Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Sunday.
Layman, a second-round draft pick in 2016, shot 9-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He added four rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
The Hawks jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Trail Blazers recovered and never looked back, leading by as many 21 points in the second half. Portland shot 11-of-20 from 3-point range, while Miami clanked often from long range, shooting 4-of-28.
John Jenkins and Anfernee Simons each had 12 points for the Trail Blazers (2-0). Wade Baldwin IV had seven points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.
The only Hawk to score in double figures, John Collins totaled 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Atlanta (0-2).
Both teams return to the court Tuesday with the Trail Blazers facing the San Antonio Spurs and the Hawks playing the Bulls.

Hornets Defeat Heat In Battle

The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Miami Heat, 94-90, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Sunday.
In a tightly fought game that saw 15 ties and 12 lead changes, the Hornets went on a 20-11 run over the last 5:17 to erase a five-point deficit at 79-74. Rashad Vaughn's 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining brought the Heat to within one, 88-87, but the Hornets went 6-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch to ice it.
Charlotte shot 47.9 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Willy Hernangomez, who was 10-of-18 from the field, totaled 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets (2-0). Dwayne Bacon also scored 22 points, adding six rebounds and three steals. Devonte’ Graham finished with 12 points and seven assists, and Miles Bridges had 14 points and five boards.
The Heat (0-2) were led by Daryl Macon, who posted 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Landry Nnoko totaled 12 points and 13 rebounds. Rashad Vaughn led the bench with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Miami's Derrick Jones Jr. left an undisclosed injury after playing seven minutes.
The Heat play Tuesday against the Utah Jazz. The Hornets play Monday against the Boston Celtics.

Spurs Survive Wizards Comeback

The San Antonio Spurs narrowly defeated the Washington Wizards, 95-90, in a down-to-the-wire showdown at Cox Pavillion in the Las Vegas Summer League on Sunday.
San Antonio led by as much as 20 in the second quarter, but very nearly fell victim to a comeback by Washington. After cutting the deficit to just five points, the Wizards scored two quick layups to come within one in the fourth quarter. Washington had the chance to take the lead after recovering a blocked shot, but failed to capitalize. The Spurs then expanded the lead to three after Jaron Blossomgame put back a Lonnie Walker miss. With just 6.3 seconds remaining, Washington was unable to hit a 3-pointer to tie, and San Antonio walked away victorious after Blossomgame knocked down a pair of free-throws.
Blossomgame led San Antonio with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The big man also grabbed nine rebounds. Walker, the Spurs’ first-round selection, scored 14 points and came away with three steals on the defensive end.
The Wizards, meanwhile, saw a game-high 24 points from forward Devin Robinson. Robinson shot 9-of-18 from the floor and finished with three steals and two blocks. Reigning 15th overall pick Troy Brown also pitched in 21 points and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.
Up next, the Wizards will face off with the 76ers on Monday, while the Spurs are set to play against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

Keita Bates Diop Leads Wolves Past Raptors

Keita Bates-Diop scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a win over the Toronto Raptors, 103-92, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavillion on Sunday.
Eleven points was the largest lead for either team, and it was also the deciding margin, as a dominant fourth quarter run helped propel the Wolves to victory. After ceding an 11-point edge in the final minutes of the third quarter, Minnesota got back on track thanks in large part to Bates-Diop’s impressive offensive output. The team scored 32 fourth-quarter points to swing the score 13 points in their favor.
Bates-Diop, a rookie forward out of Ohio State, shot 7-of-15 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Rookie big man Amile Jefferson also had a big day, pulling down a team-high 13 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive end.
Malachi Richardson led Toronto with 15 points in 20 minutes of play. Sophomore forward OG Anunoby added another 13 points along with three assists, a block, and a steal.
Up next, the Timberwolves face off with the Nets on Monday, while the Raptors will matchup with the Thunder that same day.

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Josh Hart And Lakers Defeat 76ers

Josh Hart scored 24 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 96-79, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Saturday.
Hart, who impressed in 63 games as a rookie last year, shot 9-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. He added three assists. Hart was expected to play one game each in the California Classic Summer League in Sacramento and in Las Vegas. He ended up playing two games in Sacramento earlier this week, but it is unclear if he will play again in Las Vegas.
The Lakers (1-0) took control in the second quarter, opening a 45-33 halftime lead. They kept the pressure on in the second half, leading by as many as 23 and scoring 30 points in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles shot 44.4 percent from the field, knocking down 14 of 31 3-pointers.
Defense was the key, though. The Lakers held the 76ers to 3-of-29 shooting from long range, forced 19 turnovers and had 13 steals and seven blocks.
Svi Mykhailiuk totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and a block for the Lakers. First-round pick Moritz Wagner totaled 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Nick King had 15 points off the bench, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 10 points.
Zhaire Smith, selected 16th overall in this year's draft, paced the 76ers (0-2) with 16 points, three steals and a block. Cameron Oliver totaled 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Demetrius Jackson contributed 10 points and five assists.
The Lakers return to action Sunday against the Chicago Bulls, while the 76ers face off with the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Second Half Surge Leads Nuggets Past Celtics

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Boston Celtics, 82-69, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Saturday.
The Celtics led, 29-28, at halftime, but the Nuggets took control in the second half, outscoring Boston, 52-38. Denver's defense led the way, both in the paint and on the perimeter. The Nuggets grabbed 31 defensive rebounds, allowing the Celtics (1-1) just two offensive boards. They also held Boston to 4-of-18 shooting from 3-point range.
Malik Beasley and DeVaughn Akoon Purcell each totaled 19 points and three steals to lead the Nuggets (2-0). Monte Morris finished with 14 points and six assists.
Jabari Bird was the lone Celtic to score in double figures, finishing with 24 points and three steals. Pierria Henry had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals, and Hassan Martin led the bench with eight points and seven boards.
Both teams play Monday, with Denver squaring off against the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston facing the Charlotte Hornets.

Blakeney Leads Bulls Past Cavs

Antonio Blakeney scored 25 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 86-81 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Saturday.
Blakeney, whose rookie season last year was cut short after 19 games because of a broken wrist, shot 10-of-19 from the field with four assists, four rebounds and two steals.
The Bulls (1-0) led by as many as 15 in the first half, but the Cavaliers stayed close and took a 68-67 lead with 6:58 to play. Chicago, though, regained the lead moments later on a pair of free throws by Wendell Carter Jr. and never looked back.
The seventh overall pick in this year's draft, Carter scored eight of the Bulls' final 19 points. He finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and two steals. Chandler Hutchinson totaled 13 points and five boards, and Ryan Arcidiacono had 10 points.
The Cavaliers shot 43.4 percent from the field but made only five of 27 attempts from 3-point range. Ante Zizic had a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Collin Sexton, drafted eighth overall in June, scored 14 points. John Holland added 11 points and three assists.
The Bulls are back in action Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Cavaliers play the Indiana Pacers on Monday.