Washington Wizards (3-2) 78 Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) 75
The Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards tipped off day 6 with the Wizards taking a tight 78-75 win in COX pavilion. It was a good come from behind win for Washington who lost Jan Vesely in the first two minutes to an ankle injury.
Tobias Harris was strong all game, finishing with a game high 24 points on 10/20 shooting. He barely missed in the warm-ups and continued his form throughout the game. He hit from inside and out, using his upper body strength to create space and get position. Harris missed a relatively easy right hook with 8 seconds left that would have tied the game. He also added 12 boards, 1 assist and a block.
14th pick John Henson looked good in his first appearance in Las Vegas. He got off to an impressive start, swishing a 21 footer in the first minute. Henson got up and down the court well and his length was an asset on the offensive boards where he collected 4 for the game. Henson displayed sound fundamentals, effectively using head fakes and pivots to score on multiple post moves.
Without lighting it up offensively, Doron Lamb was impressive for Milwaukee, doing a good job defending Brad Beal. Lamb played tight all round defense, keeping between the ball and his defender all game and forcing some mid-shot adjustments from Beal. Beal only scored 3 field goals when defended by Lamb, the rest coming when Jamarr Sanders was on him. He didn’t have his best shooting night but did show off his ability to get into the lane and finish with the floater as well as make the outside jumper.
Beal (18pts 6rebs 7/12FG 3/4FT) again was solid without being great. He played within the offense and took good shots most of the game. He showed his ability to drive and dish for the open shot. Beal had a much easier time with Lamb on the bench and scored most of his points during that period. Defensively, he was solid and picked up 1 steal and 2 blocks, including an impressive effort on Harris.
Chris Singleton had a decent game for his 10 Points, 6rebounds and 3 blocks. His offence needs some refining but did hit a nice contested jumper in Harris’ face. His length & athleticism allow him to make plays on both ends and has been one of the better shot blockers in this year’s event.
Shavlik Randolph banged hard all game for a well earned double-double, going for 11 points and 10 rebounds. Shelvin Mack also reached double figures but surprisingly didn’t register a single assist in 23 minutes of play. He only recorded 11 points 1 turnover and 2 fouls.
The Wizards finished their summer league schedule with a respectable 3-2 record.
Houston Rockets (4-1) 96 Chicago Bulls (0-2) 88
Despite the absence of Marcus Morris and Donatas Motiejunas (ankle), the Houston Rockets posted a 96-88 win in their final game of this year’s Summer League. The Rockets had five players in double figures, led by undrafted Iona product Scott Machado who had 20 points on 6/14 shooting.
Machado’s outside shot isn’t that reliable yet, but he showed his ability to drive to the basket and get to the line (7/10). His passing ability is well known and he thrilled the crowd with a couple of spectacular looks to Josh Harrelson (13pts 4 rebs) on back to back possessions. Machado also picked up 6 assists (1TO) and 4 steals
18th pick Terrence Jones had a strong game, scoring, rebounding and pushing the ball up court. He scored in a variety of ways & made an impressive physical play beyond his years against the more experienced Leon Powe (9pts 6 rebs).
Royce White (15 points 10 rebounds 1 assist 1 block) is fast becoming a fan favorite amongst Houston fans thanks to his recent summer league performances. White has the physicality & skill to be a good player in the league however while solid today, he did make several low percentage plays that resulted in some out of control fouls (9) & turnovers(4). He had a physical battle with Powe throughout the game. White’s highlight of the day was a nice crossover from the top of the key and beating his defender for a dunk.
Jeremy Lamb was a bit down offensively by his standards, shooting 6/17 and missing all 4 of his attempts from long range. He had some difficulty at times putting the ball on the floor and was forced into some turnovers. He did pull down some good rebounds and played some feisty defense however on his way to 16 points 8 rebounds 1 assist 2 steals and 5 turnovers. He finishes the summer league with exactly 100 points, and a 20 ppg scoring average. Not bad for a guy that according to some scouts before the draft "lacked intensity" and had "questionable body language".
Chicago’s Jimmy Butler continued his strong summer league play with a game high 24 points on 6/11 shooting and11/12 from the line. Butler was active at both ends of the floor and competed well against Lamb.
Marquis Teague played better than his first game with an effective 6/13 fg and 14 pts. He had 5 ast but was wild turning it over 5 times as well.
Malcolm Thomas had good energy all game, collecting a double-double in his 32 minutes of play. He got the crowds attention with one offensive rebound and put back, elevating quickly for the dunk. Former Siena product, Edwin Ubiles was productive in limited minutes, dropping 13 points on 6/9 shooting. He was called for a charge late in the first quarter falling awkwardly and landing flush on his back. The fall luckily turned out to look & sound worse than it was.
The Rockets completed their schedule dropping just the one game. The Bulls get a day’s rest then return to the Thomas & Mack center on Friday.
Toronto Raptors (1-3) 96 Sacramento Kings (1-3) 89
Terrence Ross was the star of the game showing off his tremendous athleticism. He converted on one dunk in which he came up from underneath the basket for a highlight dunk displaying his cat like body control. Late lotto picks Ross and Lamb will both have a chance to surpass #3 and #4 picks Bradley Beal and Dion Waiters in the long run.
Speed merchant Josh Akognon put up 18 points off the bench getting to the line 13 times and converting 12.
Ed Davis had been the Raptors most consistent performer but had his first dud shooting just 2-9 for 10 points.
Thomas Robinson‘s miserable Summer League continues. Is it possible that he was taken too high? He measured 6’9 in shoes, although some have questioned that measurement based on the way he looks on the court. He seems a little unsure of what position he is and will need to continue to get stronger and develop better post moves to handle the rigors of NBA post play.
Bobby Brown continues to make a case for himself as a back up NBA PG. His 17 pts and 6 ast were a bright spot for Toronto.
Atlanta Hawks (2-2) 67 Dallas Mavericks (2-1) 61
Atlanta extended their record to 2-2 with a win over previously unbeaten Dallas Mavericks behind sharpshooter John Jenkins.
Jenkins snapped a two game shooting slump having shot 0/3 from distance in each of his previous games. Against Dallas he was 8/11 overall and 3/5 from 3, finishing with a game high 21 points, raising his scoring average to 16 per game.
Rookie second rounder Mike Scott went for 11 and 7, 7/9 from the line.
New Orleans Hornets (1-2) 78 Phoenix Suns (1-2) 61
The New Orleans Hornets recorded their first win of summer league defeating a poor shooting Phoenix Suns 78-61 this evening. Austin Rivers sat out this game with soreness in his lower leg, however leading scorers Brian Roberts & Lance Thomas continued their good play for the Hornets.
Roberts has been shooting over 50% from the floor in his first two games and continued today, going for a game-high 16 points (4/8fg 6/6ft) 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Thomas has been impressive each game and continues to make plays, scoring on drives and hitting midrange shots. He knocked down baseline jump shots and on one possession faced up, shook his defender and finished strongly with a two handed dunk. He had 14 points 8 rebounds and 2 assists in 30 minutes.
Former UConn guard, Jerome Dyson was aggressive off the bench in 22 minutes of action. He attacked the rim when given the opportunity and played solid defense. He forced an 8 second violation on Kendall Marshall after some pressure. He also finished off a nice pass with a strong one handed dunk. Xavier Henry didn’t have a good shooting night, putting up 3/10 from the floor however had some nice moments. His best came when he used a nice jab step to shake his defender to finish with a dunk.
Markieff Morris wasn’t as effective as yesterday effort shooting 4/13 for his 13 points. Early in the last quarter, Morris slipped at the free throw line on a drive and fell awkwardly, possibly hyper extending his right knee. He didn’t return and was put on ice for the rest of the game.
Marshall again looked good with the ball in his hands and the suns ran some good looking half court sets while he was on the court but he would’ve been lucky to make a shot in an empty gym tonight going a dismal 1/10. He hasn’t displayed any convincing breakdown ability and although he was looking to get to the rim, he had trouble finishing. He will be able to knock down the occasional spot up shot but overall his outside shot is just plain ugly and needs serious work. His only field goal came from a pull up in the first quarter. He did draw a reaction from the crowd with one of his 5 assists. He also posted 3 points 1 steal and 2 turnovers.
Marcus Landry contributed 11 points and 5 rebounds off the bench for the Suns, who will return on Friday to face the D-League Select team.
Los Angeles Clippers (1-1) 86 San Antonio Spurs (2-1) 80
The stache Adam Morrison led all scorers with 23 points on 9/13 shooting.
Clippers back up PG Eric Bledsoe had 18 but shot just 6/17. His 7 assists were marred by his 5 turnovers.
Terrico White was also impressive showing his speed and athleticism on the break finishing with a flush. He had 11 pts on 5/7 shooting.
Golden State Warriors (3-0) 65 Miami Heat 62 (2-1)
In an exciting finish to day 6, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Miami Heat 65-62 at the Thomas & Mack Center tonight. Despite both teams barely exceeding 30% shooting for the game, the Warriors did a better job converting plays down the stretch to move to a perfect 3-0 summer league record.
Even though the game was riddled with poor shooting, Charles Jenkins & Harrison Barnes both made huge plays in the last minute to secure the Warriors third win. Jenkins firstly put the Warriors up 3 when he completed a three point play, getting fouled on an acrobatic lay-up with just less than a minute left.
Miami’s leading scorer Terrel Harris (10pts 5rebs 4stls 2/11fg) hit a timely three in response for his first field goal of the game. With 20 seconds left, Barnes then made a long jumper to take a 2 point lead. The Warriors appeared to deliberately foul the Heat on the inbounds pass to deny a game-wining three point opportunity, sending Drew Viney to the line where he could only manage to sink 1/2. After a Miami foul, the Warriors sank two free throws to go up 3. With a few seconds left on the clock, Harris had a chance to send the game into overtime but his prayer fell short.
Jenkins shot 3/8 from the floor but was aggressive all game getting to the basket, with all three of his field goals coming from drives. Two of his baskets came on consecutive possessions late in the first quarter. He did a good job getting to the line, where he went a perfect 11/11. He finished with 17 points, 2 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals with 5 turnovers.
Barnes only shot 5/17 from the field for the second game in a row, taking some poor shots but did show some of his offensive arsenal during the game. He played some solid defense, causing a loose ball foul on Norris Cole after his pressure caused Cole to lose his handle. Barnes had a dunk attempt spectacularly blocked from behind from Damian Saunders which excited the vocal crowd. Barnes played all but three minutes of the game and finished with 15 points and 7 boards.
Jeremy Tyler (12 pts 6rebs 6/10fg) had his best game of the summer so far. He had a big third quarter, making back to back baskets in the opening minutes. His biggest play came when he threw down a massive dunk on Mickell Gladness.
Cole did a good job getting to the line himself but could only manage to convert 9/14 attempts. He missed two to tie the game late but fortunately for him, Viney cleaned up to level the scores. Cole had 15 points 4 rebounds 4 assists and 4 turnovers on 3/9 shooting.
45th pick Justin Hamilton played his first game tonight after sitting out the first two. He collected 4 points 1 rebound and 5 fouls in 14 minutes.