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 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.