Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lakers Beat Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 82-69, in the second-round of the Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
The Lakers have been one of the most dominant teams in this Summer League and a wire-to-wire win here just adds to their impressive resume. Los Angeles was in control throughout the game, as they held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half. The first and third quarters were key, with the Clippers being held to a combined 24 points on 10-of-34 shooting in those 20 minutes of action. The Lakers defense was a big part of that, as they held the Clippers to 35.8 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from three-point range and 65.4 percent from the free-throw line. Los Angeles finished 44.6 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from long range and 90.5 percent from the charity stripe.
The Clippers (2-3) had just two players score more than seven points, as Desi Rodriguez and Sindarius Thornwell led the team with 17 points apiece. Rodriguez added three rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting to his line while Thornwell collected an additional four rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 5-of-17 from the field. Reggie Upshaw finished with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Lakers (4-0) were once again led by Josh Hart, as he collected 20 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Svi Mykhailiuk accrued 15 points, three rebounds and four assists on 5-of-7 shooting. Alex Caruso accumulated eight points, two rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Jeff Ayres played just 16 minutes but provided 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.
The Lakers will face the winner of the Detroit-Chicago matchup on Saturday in the quarter-finals.

Bucks Big Overtime Beat Spurs

The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back after losing a fourth-quarter lead with a dominant overtime performance to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 83-75, in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game at Cox Pavilion on Thursday evening.
The Bucks (2-2) rode a strong first half to a 46-38 halftime advantage, and they entered the final quarter with a five-point lead. However, the Spurs (1-3) clawed back in the fourth, sending the game into overtime deadlocked at 75. Their heroics ended there, however, as they were shut out by an 8-0 margin in the extra quarter.
Milwaukee was markedly better from distance, posting a 42.3 percent success rate from behind the arc while limiting San Antonio to a 25.0 percent figure. However, the Spurs drained 76.9 percent of their 13 attempts from the charity stripe, while the Bucks made just 28.6 percent of their free throws.
Jaron Blossomgame led the Spurs with 19 points on 50.0 percent shooting and added nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks. Olivier Hanlan followed with 18 points, complementing them with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. London Perrantes paced the second unit with eight points and also supplied three assists, one rebound and two blocks. Lonnie Walker IV mustered five points but also hauled in nine rebounds and dished out three assists.
Christian Wood paced the Bucks with 26 points, 15 rebounds and one block. D.J. Wilson poured in 19 points and also recorded 10 boards, one assist and one steal. Sterling Brown managed 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Travis Trice II delivered 10 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal. Jordan Barnett led the Milwaukee second unit with seven points and also registered five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.


The Calgary Stampeders stormed into the nation’s capital and ran out of town with a well-earned 27-3 win over the hometown Ottawa REDBLACKS on Week 5’s edition of Thursday Night Football.
Bo Levi Mitchell left the contest in the second quarter, but not before helping stake the Stamps to a 17-0 lead with a 16-for-21, 161-yard performance that included a touchdown. Running back Don Jackson ground his way to a tough 102 rush yards, and the Calgary defence held Ottawa to an eye-popping 27 yards and one solitary first down in the first half.
The second half passed without incident — the REDBLACKS incapable of moving the chains, backup Nick Arbuckle managing the game for Calgary — and the Stamps left Ottawa with their perfect record intact.
Calgary opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, as a 38-yard Mitchell completion to Kamar Jorden set up a one-yard touchdown plunge for rookie Romar Morris — his first career touchdown coming in his CFL debut. Mitchell then found DaVaris Daniels on the two-point convert to give Calgary an 8-0 lead.
Coordinator DeVone Claybrooks’s defence then shut the door on the REDBLACKS, limiting its hosts to just 13 net yards in the first quarter.
Momentum swung further in the Stamps’ direction on Ottawa’s second possession of the second quarter; a Trevor Harris pass intended for Diontae Spencer was deflected by Brandon Smith, then tipped by Alex Singleton into the waiting arms of Tre Roberson.
Five plays later, Mitchell found Juwan Brescacin for a 10-yard touchdown; Morris’s plunging two-point convert attempt came up short and the lead stood at 14-0.
Harris’s tough day continued on the very next possession, as he was sacked heavily by Micah Johnson on first down before tossing a fluttering interception to Emmanuel Davis on second.
That pick resulted in a 17-yard chip shot of a field goal from Rene Paredes, and Calgary took a 17-0 lead.
Mitchell suffered an injury later in the second quarter, when he took a dangerous low tackle from Ottawa’s Danny Mason — the perpetrator received a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, while Mitchell was hustled to the locker room and shut down for the night.
The REDBLACKS defence then forced a Calgary punt, only to have return man Diontae Spencer fumble it. The Stamps recovered on Ottawa’s 23-yard line, and two plays later a 25-yard boot from Paredes sent Calgary to the locker room with a 20-0 lead.
Ottawa’s offence showed some life on the opening drive of the second half, with Harris and co. driving down into the red zone only to stall on three tries from inside the 10-yard line; an 11-yard Lewis Ward field goal got the REDBLACKS on the board, but drew prolonged boos from the peanut gallery at TD Place.
The rest of the third quarter passed without incident, and a 12-yard touchdown connection from Arbuckle to Lemar Durant early in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the visitors; Paredes’s convert kick extended the lead to 27-3.
A fumble by Harris’s replacement under centre for Ottawa — Dominique Davis — set the Stamps up with great field position, but Paredes clanked his 15-yard effort off the upright resulting in a dead ball.
The win moved Calgary to 4-0 on the season, taking them four points clear atop the West Division; Dave Dickenson’s team will return home to face the Montreal Alouettes (1-3) next Saturday (9 p.m. ET).
Claybrooks’s defence was straight-up dominant, limiting Ottawa to 169 total yards.
Ottawa’s record dropped to 2-2, and the team will have to find answers offensively ahead of a visit from the BC Lions on Friday Night Football (7:30 p.m. ET) next week.

76ers Advance Past Number One Pick And Suns

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 88-86, in the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
Despite the fact that a winless Philadelphia team had to play an undefeated Phoenix team, the Sixers were able to prevail in comeback fashion. In fact, the Sixers overcame a 14-point second quarter deficit by outscoring the Suns in the third quarter, 28-19, while holding the lead for the entire fourth quarter. This was a competitive game down the stretch, as it stayed within a four-point margin across the final three minutes of action, as the Suns committed a critical turnover in the final seconds with an opportunity to tie the game. Rim protection was a huge factor for Philly, as they out-blocked Phoenix, 8-4. Three-point shooting was also imperative, with the Sixers connecting on 15-of-34 and the Suns hitting just 5-of-20 from long range.
The Sixers (1-3) were led by Isaiah Miles, as he tallied 20 points and six boards on 7-of-10 shooting. Furkan Korkmaz finished with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. Demetrius Jackson accrued 10 points, three rebounds and five assists while Askia Booker led the bench with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Suns (3-1) had four starters reach double figures in scoring, as Shaquille Harrison led the way with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Davon Reed totaled 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Deandre Ayton amassed 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals while Dragan Bender added 12 points and five boards.
On deck for Phoenix is a second-round matchup on Saturday with the winner of the Milwaukee-San Antonio game.

Grizzlies Gets Past Thunder

Markel Crawford and 2018 second-round pick Jevon Carter combined for 40 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game at Cox Pavilion on Thursday evening.
The Grizzlies (2-2) laid the foundation for victory with a dominant first half in which they scored 24 points in each of the first two quarters. Their 48-27 halftime lead appeared safe, but the Thunder (2-2) would make a game of it in the second half. Oklahoma City cut 10 points off Memphis’ edge in the third period, and ultimately put together their best offensive quarter in the final quarter by scoring 33 points. Their defense simply couldn’t keep up, however, as the Grizzlies’ 29 fourth-quarter points were enough to hold off the comeback.
The Grizzlies held the edge for most of the contest, with the game featuring only one tie and one lead change. The Thunder made up substantial ground on the stat sheet after the lopsided first half, and they ultimately boasted five double-digit scorers.
Hamidou Diallo paced the Thunder with 14 points and added five rebounds. Rashawn Thomas followed with 13 points, seven boards, one steal and one block in 19 minutes. Deonte Burton had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. Second-round pick Kevin Hervey matched Burton’s scoring and also supplied one rebound and one steal. Mike Cobbins scored 10 points in 15 points, while Daniel Hamilton added seven points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and one block.
Crawford’s 21 points led the Grizzlies and added four rebounds, one assist and two steals. Carter had with 19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and one steal. First-round pick Jaren Jackson, Jr. posted 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one steal. Brady Heslip and DJ Stephens each had eight points.

Celtics Advanced Past Knicks

The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks 82-75 in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
While this matchup wasn’t decided until the final minutes, Boston won this game in wire-to-wire fashion. The first quarter played a huge part of that, with the Celtics outscoring the Knicks, 27-16. New York trailed by double-digits for the majority of the contest from there, though a late run got the game down to a four-point margin late in the fourth quarter. However, Boston was able to seal the win with some free-throws. While Boston didn’t dominate any specific statistic, they held the advantage in nearly every category. In fact, the Celtics outpaced the Knicks in field goal percentage, rebounds, assists, steals and turnovers, with the 12-7 turnover differential being the most lopsided stat.
The Knicks (1-3) got a beastly performance out of Mitchell Robinson, who collected 17 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and six blocks on 8-of-10 shooting. Kevin Knox went just 5-of-20 from the field to accrue 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Allonzo Trier totaled 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. Troy Williams led the bench with eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Celtics (3-1) were led by Semi Ojeleye, as he amassed 21 points and five boards. Jabari Bird finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Guerschon Yabusele generated 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks, while Pierria Henry accumulated eight points, five rebounds and six assists.
On deck for Boston is a matchup with the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. The Knicks, on the other hand, await their consolation matchup.

Jarrod Jones Leads Heat Past Pelicans

The Miami Heat defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 110-106, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Thursday.
Miami became the fourth team to upend a higher-seeded team in the first round. Although the Pelicans cut Miami’s lead to two points in the closing minutes, Derrick Walton Jr. knocked down a clutch three-pointer to put the game out of reach.
After spending the past six years overseas, Jarrod Jones has made a splash in his return to NBA action with the Heat. He followed up a double-double on Saturday with a 31-point performance against the Pelicans. In addition to his game-sealing three, Walton Jr. also pitched in with a 15-point, 11-assist double-double.
Cheick Diallo continued his impressive summer campaign and led the Pelicans in scoring with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Walter Lemon Jr., a G-League standout for the Pels, also showed up with another hefty stat line, tallying 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. He’s now collected 26 assists over four games in Las Vegas.
Miami will now advance to the second round of the summer league playoffs to face the Boston Celtics. The Pelicans will play their next game in the consolation bracket.

NBA Summer League Recap For July 11, 2018

Hornets Sting Warriors

The Charlotte Hornets blew out the Golden State Warriors, 87-69, in Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Wednesday evening.
Charlotte struck first and never looked back, preventing the Warriors from ever gaining the lead in the game. Relatively strong jump shooting helped the Hornets jump out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter. That advantage continued to build throughout, as Charlotte led by as much as 23 by the game’s end.
The Hornets’ starting frontcourt dominated, as Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, and Willy Hernangomez each scored at least 17 points in the blowout win. Bridges, Charlotte’s 2018 first-round pick, added eight rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block to his strong scoring effort. Hernangomez, meanwhile, shot 7-of-11 from the floor en route to 18 points.
The Warriors were led by center Marcus Derrickson, who shot 8-of-15 en route to 20 points. Rion Brown added 13 points. No other Warrior scored in double figures, however, as the team shot just 36 percent in the wire-to-wire loss that sends them to a consolation game.

Late Run Gives Raptors Win Over Nuggets

OG Anunoby scored 22 points to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the Denver Nuggets, 85-77, in Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavillion on Wednesday evening.
One quarter was all it took to swing the game, as the Raptors turned a deficit around thanks to a blistering fourth quarter run. After trailing by as much as 12 late in the third, Toronto came back strong, establishing as much as a 17-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Strong three-point shooting helped bolster the Toronto’s offense, as the Raptors went 12-of-28 from beyond the arc.
Anunoby was the Raptors’ top scorer, shooting 9-of-17 and knocking down two three-pointers. Giddy Potts added 14 points off the Toronto bench. Potts was one of three double-digit scorers for the Raptors’ second unit.
Monte Morris led Denver with 21 points. The sophomore guard shot 7-of-12 and dished out seven assists. Malik Beasley added another 19 points, but it took him 23 field goal attempts to do so.

Hawks Comeback To Beat Pacers

Tyler Dorsey and 2018 first-round pick Trae Young combined for 47 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 107-101 win over the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs Wednesday evening.
The final score was in no way indicative of how the game started, as the Pacers (1-3) doubled up the overmatched Hawks (2-2) by a 32-16 margin in the first quarter. Although Atlanta was much more competitive in the second, they still headed to the halftime locker room facing a 62-40 deficit.
The Hawks chipped another nine points off the Pacers’ lead during the third quarter, setting up a final period where they avenged the lopsided start to the contest. Atlanta would trounce Indiana, 35-16, to close out the comeback win.
There were only four lead changes overall, with the Hawks playing catchup the majority of the game. Atlanta won the rebounding battle, 45-38, and ended up draining 54.8 percent of their 73 attempts, including 39.3 percent of their 28 tries from distance.
Dorsey added eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block to his team-leading 24 points. Young, meanwhile, supplied 23 points, eight assists and two steals. Both players shot 50.0 percent from the field. Omari Spellman turned in 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block. Jock Landale and Antonius Cleveland registered matching eight-point tallies, with the former also registering six rebounds and the latter adding three rebounds and one steal.
Alex Poythress led the Pacers with 21 points on 10-for-17 shooting, and also posted seven rebounds and two steals. Aaron Holiday contributed 13 points, nine assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block. Alize Johnson generated a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double that also included three assists and one steal.
Travis Leslie managed 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Edmond Sumner led the second unit with 12 points as well, while also dishing out three assists, hauling in two rebounds, recording one steal and posting one block.
The Hawks advance to face the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Pacers await their consolation matchup.

Pistons Out Defend Timberwolves

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 64-59, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s contest was sloppy on both sides. The Pistons (2-2) shot 33.8 percent and committed 16 turnovers, while the Timberwolves (2-2) shot 34.6 percent and handed the ball over 22 times. Detroit took a commanding lead after the first half, 36-17, which included limiting Minnesota to just six points in the second quarter.
However, using a plus-eight offensive rebounding advantage, the Wolves were able to gain extra possessions and keep the game close. The third quarter went to Minnesota, 26-11, but the team couldn’t seal the game, losing the final period 17-16.
Bruce Brown led the Pistons in points (15), rebounds (11), assists (six) and steals (five) in what was a dominant two-way performance. Eric Griffin was the only other Piston to score in double-digits, recording 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and going 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Keita Bates-Diop scored a team-high 16 points for the Wolves, while coming up just one rebound shy of a double-double. However, his performance was dampened by seven turnovers. Jonathan Stark marked the only other teammate to reach double-figures, dropping 10 points. Amile Jefferson showed off his rebounding ability, grabbing 15 boards in 29 minutes, including four on the offensive end.
Detroit will move on to play the Chicago Bulls in the second round. Minnesota will wait and see who its opponent is for a consolation game.

Bulls Hit Threes To Beat Mavericks

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 95-83, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Wednesday.
The Mavericks charged ahead early and led by 13 at the end of the first quarter, but Chicago quickly responded with a 27-point second quarter to take the lead at the half. The Bulls never relinquished the lead due in large part to excellent shot-making from beyond the arc, where they converted 15 threes in 33 attempts. Dallas could only muster an ice-cold 28.6 percent from long range.
Antonio Blakeney followed up his 23-point performance on Tuesday with a 28-point tally, as the G-League standout once again demonstrated why he was a marquee player for the Windy City Bulls last year. Wendell Carter continued his strong summer league play with 19 points and nine rebounds, and fellow first-round pick Chandler Hutchison pitched in with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double in the win.
Second-year player Kyle Collinsworth led the Mavericks with 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Phil Greene was the only starter to log double-digits for Dallas, as the former St. Johns point guard tallied only 10 points in the loss.
The Bulls will now move on to the second round of the tournament on Saturday, where they will face the winner of Wednesday’s Pistons-Timberwolves game. The Mavericks, on the other hand, await their consolation matchup.

Rockets Lead Entire Game To Advance Past Nets

The Houston Rockets bested the Brooklyn Nets, 109-102, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Wednesday.
Houston held the lead from the opening tip-off and never relinquished it. Despite an explosive third quarter from the Nets, the 28th seed could only keep pace with Houston in that stanza and faded from contention in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets had seven players log double-digit scoring performances, with USC product De’Anthony Melton posting yet another impressive game with 17 points, five rebounds and three steals across 33 minutes on the floor. Danuel House also continued his superlative summer league campaign with 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
The Nets were led by Milton Doyle, who scored 21 points off the bench. Jarrett Allen, who will become a key player for the Nets in his sophomore season, also contributed with a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The Rockets will move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday, while the Nets currently await their consolation matchup.

Cavaliers Offense Too Much For Kings

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 96-84, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Wednesday.
Cleveland played this game without arguably their two best players, Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic, but they were still able to cruise to the second round of the playoffs. The key stretch was a 19-3 run spanning between the third and fourth quarters, as that gave the Cavaliers a game-high 20-point lead with only seven minutes remaining.
The Kings simply couldn’t recover from that and they never got the game within a single-digit margin from there. The shooting disparity was the difference in the game, with Cleveland connecting on 46.5 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. They did that while holding Sacramento to 35.0 percent, 25.0 percent and 62.1 percent, respectively. Rim protection was also key for the Cavaliers, as they won the defensive rebounding differential, 31-24, while out-blocking the Kings, 7-3.
The Kings (1-3) were led by Justin Jackson, who tallied 20 points and four boards. Harry Giles accrued seven points, five rebounds and six assists. Wenyen Gabriel totaled 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Zach Auguste paced the bench with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
The Cavaliers' (3-1) first-round pick Collin Sexton collected 25 points, four rebounds and seven assists on 9-of-15 shooting. Jamel Artis amassed 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Okaro White finished with 13 points and seven boards. Billy Preston and Scoochie Smith led the bench with 10 points apiece.
On deck for Cleveland is a matchup with the winner of the Brooklyn-Houston game. As for Sacramento, they’ll await to see who they play in their consolation game.

Clippers Beat Wizards To Advance To Second Round

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Washington Wizards, 89-74, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Cox Pavilion on Wednesday.
This was a dominating performance for the Clippers, as they won this game in wire-to-wire fashion. A 31-15 first quarter set the tone for Los Angeles and they held a double-digit lead for the final three quarters. Rebounding was huge for the Clippers, finishing with a 46-32 advantage on the boards. Ball movement was also critical, with Los Angeles out-assisting Washington, 21-15. The Clippers also held the Wizards to just 38.2 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from three-point range.
The Wizards (1-3) had just three players in double figures, with Devin Robinson leading the team with 26 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. Troy Brown Jr. was the only other starter in double figures, as he amassed 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Aaron Harrison led the bench with 12 points and three boards.
The Clippers (2-2) were led by Reggie Upshaw, who he tallied 24 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Angel Delgado totaled 14 points, 10 rebounds and five steals on 7-of-9 shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander accrued 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals while Jerome Robinson finished with 15 points, two rebounds and three assists.
On deck for the Clippers is a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. Washington will await to see who they play in their final consolation game.