The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 109-92 in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Tuesday.
While the Lakers led for all but a few minutes of this game, it took some major swings to secure the win. In fact, Los Angeles blew a 25-point second half lead at one point, as New York ended the third quarter on a 28-3 run to tie the game. The Knicks were able to grab their largest lead of three points to start the fourth quarter, but the Lakers responded with 16 unanswered to re-take control and cruise to victory.
Defense was key for Los Angeles, recording nine steals while winning the turnover differential, 18-11. Getting to the free-throw line was also huge for the Lakers, as they went 27-of-36 from the charity stripe.
The Lakers (3-0) got a gem out of Josh Hart, who tallied 27 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Alex Caruso was the second-best starter, as he accrued five points, four rebounds and 10 assists. Jeff Ayres led the bench with 17 points and four boards on 7-of-7 shooting from the field, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes provided 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals off the pine as well.
The Knicks (1-2) were led by first-round pick Kevin Knox. The 6-foot-9 forward collected a game-high 29 points, to go along with nine rebounds and two assists. Mitchell Robinson amassed 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Allonzo Trier accumulated 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on 8-of-13 shooting. Troy Williams led the bench with 15 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Sacramento Kings broke open a tightly contested affair with a prolific third quarter on their way to a 94-80 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center.
A competitive first half culminated in a slim 42-39 halftime lead for the Kings (1-2). However, Sacramento came out of the halftime locker room dominating on both ends of the floor, which allowed them to stretch their lead to 18 points entering the final period. The Grizzlies (1-2) were able to put together their best offensive quarter in the fourth by scoring 29 points, but they’d only made a five-point dent in their deficit by game’s end.
The contest featured 11 ties and eight lead changes, but the Grizzlies’ last advantage came in the latter stages of the second quarter. As the final score implied, the Kings held the advantage in multiple categories across the stat sheet, with their 53.7 percent shooting mark – which included a 40.0 percent success rate from distance -- particularly standing out.
Justin Jackson extended his strong summer by leading the Kings with 20 points and two rebounds. Matt Jones followed with a bench-leading 15 points and added one steal. Harry Giles and Anthony Brown generated matching 11-point efforts, with the former adding 12 rebounds and the latter delivering five boards, four assists and one steal. Frank Mason turned in a 10-point, 13-assist double-double that also included a block.
Ivan Rabb and Wayne Selden co-led the Grizzlies with 17 points apiece. Rabb added eight rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Selden also finished with four assists, three rebounds and one block. Brandon Goodwin poured in 14 points and also logged four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kobi Simmons supplied 11 points, three assists and one steal. Deyonta Davis registered 10 points, six boards, one assist and one steal.
The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Chicago Bulls 101-93 in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Tuesday.
This game was full of fluctuations, including a 30-point swing between the second and fourth quarters. Atlanta took control in the second and third quarters, outscoring Chicago 59-38. That stretch allowed them to overcome a 19-point deficit in the first half, which marks one of the largest blown leads in this year's summer league.
The Hawks actually held the lead for the final 15 minutes of action and the Bulls never got within a four-point margin in the final quarter. Turnovers really killed the Bulls, as the Hawks won that battle 15-9 while taking 10 more shots than Chicago. Three-point shooting was also critical, with Atlanta connecting on 14-of-35 from long range.
The Hawks (1-2) were led by Trae Young, who tallied 24 points, five assists and two steals. Jaylen Adams was huge off the bench, providing 23 points, four rebounds and two assists on 8-of-12 shooting. Jaylen Morris finished with 17 points and six boards, while Omari Spellman collected 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
The Bulls (1-2) got matching 23-point efforts out of Wendell Carter Jr. and Antonio Blakeney. Carter Jr. added six rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 9-of-13 shooting to his tally, while Blakeney provided an additional five rebounds and five assists. Kaiser Gates was the only other Chicago player in double figures, as he led the bench with 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.
The Miami Heat broke open a halftime tie with a prolific third quarter on their way to a 98-90 win over the Utah Jazz in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams matched each other basket for basket in the first half, leading to a 47-47 halftime deadlock. However, the Heat (1-2) came out of intermission playing superior ball on both ends of the court, outscoring the Jazz (1-2), 30-19. While Utah ultimately outshot Miami by a 46.9 percent-39.0 percent margin, the Heat’s 90.0 percent success rate on 30 free-throw attempts (compared to 12 for the Jazz) proved pivotal to their success.
Grayson Allen and Diamond Stone co-led the Jazz with 17 points apiece. Allen added seven rebounds and three assists, while Stone provided seven boards and one assist. Georges Niang supplied 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and one block. Trey Lewis poured in 11 points and also contributed six assists and five rebounds.
The Heat were led by 2017 first-round pick Bam Adebayo, who posted 24 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Ike Nwamu registered 18 points, seven boards and two assists. Yante Maten managed 14 points, seven boards and one block. Duncan Robinson finished with 12 points, two boards and two assists. Rashad Vaughn led the second unit with eight points and also hauled in a pair of rebounds.
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 95-89, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Tuesday.
The final scoreline makes this game look much closer than it actually was, as Portland led for all but a few minutes. In fact, the Trail Blazers were ahead by as much as 22 points during the second half and the six-point final margin was actually the closest the game was since the opening minutes of the third quarter. The first and third quarters gave Portland separation, outscoring San Antonio, 52-38. Defense was key for Portland, as the team recorded 14 steals while winning the turnover differential, 22-17. Three-point shooting was also critical, with the Trail Blazers connecting on 11-of-21 attempts from long range.
The Spurs (1-2) had no player score more than 12 points, as Jaron Blossomgame led the team with 12 points and four rebounds. Lonnie Walker IV finished with 12 points of his own and added two boards. Olivier Hanlan accrued 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Trey McKinney-Jones posted a bench-high 11 points, to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Trail Blazers' (3-0) highest scorer came off the bench, as Gary Trent Jr. paced the team with 20 points and two steals. Wade Baldwin IV led the starters with 16 points, two rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Jake Layman amassed 15 points and eight boards, while Caleb Swanigan totaled 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Both teams will await playoff seedings to see who they matchup with next in the coming few days.