Charlotte Bobcats 84, New York Knicks 71
The Bobcats took an 84-71 victory over the Knicks to open games on Day 4. Jeff Taylor led all scorers with 20 points on 6-14 shooting. Taylor did a good job getting to the line and played within himself, using good ball and pass fakes to get his looks.
The match-up between Jeremy Tyler and Cody Zeller didn’t last long, with Tyler limping to the bench after just three minutes of action. He returned in the second quarter but didn’t last long beyond that, playing only six total minutes.
Zeller was left with the slower-footed Jerome Jordan and Eloy Vargas guarding him for the rest of the game. After a shaky debut, Zeller settled down nicely, using his size and agility to get good shots, finishing with 18 points (7-11 shooting) and 10 rebounds. He continues to get up the court quickly, often beating his man in transition to set up deep post position. Zeller didn’t provide much resistance defending the post, though, with the bigger Jordan establishing good position to back him down.
With his father on the Bobcats’ coaching staff this summer, Patrick Ewing Jr provided some productive minutes off the bench, hitting all three of his field goal attempts, including two nice baseline jump shots for nine points and five boards. Ewing, Jr. was shaken and slow to get to his feet after a horrible fall. Hereturned after receiving some treatment to his elbow.
CJ Leslie played his most confident game so far this summer, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds. Defensively, he could’ve showed a little more urgency on his closeouts, failing to even get a hand up on a couple of occasions.
The Knicks finished their preliminary game schedule with a 1-2 record while the Bobcats went 2-1. [Player:Tim Hardaway Jr] did not play today due to a brusied wrist.
New Orleans Pelicans 66, Cleveland Cavaliers 62
New Orleans squeaked by Cleveland in the second game of Day 4. The game featured an intense head-to-head match up of two 2012 lottery picks, Dion Waiters (16 points, 5-16 FG) and Austin Rivers (13 points, 5-12 FG). Waiters edged Rivers in the individual match-up; however, it was Rivers who made the key plays in crunch time to help secure the win for the Pelicans.
Rivers made two clutch drives in the last 90 seconds, with the second move being his best of the game. To his credit, Waiters wanted the ball late for Cleveland, but he missed a tough pull-up jumper from the left wing. Pelicans guard Brian Roberts then shook Matthew Dellavedova for a jump shot to ice the game with seven seconds on the clock. Roberts had a strong all-around game, tallying 11 points, six assists and three steals.
Rivers and Waiters each had success penetrating against each other. Waiters was more effective defending Rivers when he played under the on-ball screen, preventing Rivers from using his quickness to get to the basket.
Lance Thomas was efficient for New Orleans, finishing with 14 points on 5-5 shooting and 10 rebounds, including a nice reverse dunk in the opening quarter. Darius Miller connected on a couple of shots from deep for his 11 points.
Cavs big man, Tyler Zeller put together another nice game with 15 points and 12 rebounds. His soft touch around the basket was again on display. Jermaine Taylor excited the crowd, flushing a one handed tip in on his way to 10 points in 15 minutes.
Both teams finished their first three games 2-1 and will know tomorrow evening when and where they are next in action.
Golden State Warriors 80, Sacramento Kings 66
With Steph Curry and Harrison Barnes in attendance, the Golden State Warriors easily took care of the Sacramento Kings at the Thomas & Mack Center this evening. The anticipated match-up between Kent Bazemore and No. 7 pick Ben McLemore didn’t quite take off, as they were rarely matched up against each other.
Bazemore looked for his offense early, firing some poor shots and making a few bad decisions. However, he did get better as the game progressed, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. The athletic lefty is tough to defend when he gathers a head of steam on his way to the basket. While his outside shooting stroke isn’t that bad at present, it still has the capacity to improve.
McLemore wasn’t as aggressive looking for his shot today as we saw in his debut, but he still exhibited poor shot selection at times today, throwing up an airball on one particularly ill-advised three-point set shot. On the bright side, he was looking to play within the Kings’ offense and made some nice entry passes to his big men. We haven’t quite seen it yet this summer, but McLemore will be a force when his shot starts falling on a consistent basis.
Draymond Green led the Warriors with 18 points, including 8-8 from the free-throw line. Over time, Green’s jumper could become nearly automatic from the top of the key. Similar to other guys with at least a year’s experience in the NBA, Green’s intensity and competitiveness is on another level when compared to those trying to make a roster.
Ian Clark showed an awkward yet effective touch from downtown, connecting on three baskets from behind the line for his 14 points.
Ray McCallum nearly created some summer league history, falling one steal short of tying the record. McCallum was efficient offensively and looked after the ball today for his game-high 23 points, three rebounds and six steals.
Both teams are back in action tomorrow before the new look tournament format commences on Wednesday.
In other Las Vegas Summer League action…
Marcus Morris hit a buzzer beater with two seconds left to give the Suns a two-point win in the most exciting game of the day. The Morris twins combined for 40 points and 10 rebounds. Shabazz Muhammad showed some nice flashes, but committed the key turnover that led to Morris’s game winner. [Player:Robbie Hummel] led the T-Wolves with 18.
Los Angeles Lakers 77, Los Angeles Clippers 65
Marcus Landry led a balanced Laker scoring attack with 16 points, with Lester Hudson filling up the stat sheet (13 points, nine rebounds, four assists). The Clippers shot only 35.8 percent from the floor, including an ugly 6-22 mark from three. First-round pick Reggie Bullock led the Clips with 12.
San Antonio Spurs Atlanta Hawks
Mike Scott led all scorers with 27, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a balanced Spurs attack. Aron Baynes led the way with 19 points and 15 rebounds, with [Player:Nando de Colo] (19 points) and DeShaun Thomas (17 points) chipping in, as well.
Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets
This game was the Andrew Goudelock show, as the College of Charleston product led all scorers with 31 points on 10-13 shooting (5-6 from 3). Malcolm Thomas added 13 points and 22 rebounds (yes, 22 is a summer league record, and 10 came on the offensive glass). For the Nuggets, 2012 first-round pick Evan Fournier tallied 20 points, with Luke Harangody adding 17.