New York Knicks 91, Los Angeles Clippers 80
The Knicks bounced back with a 91-80 win over the Clippers to open the consolation round on Day 8. Jeremy Tyler led the way with 20 points in 20 minutes for the Knicks, who finished their summer league schedule with a 2-3 record.
Tyler excelled both in the post and with his jumper out to 20 feet. The very vocal Tyler has been a good teammate all week, looking to get everyone involved and was genuinely pleased with his teammates’ success. He will have a good shot of making a roster if he continues to mature this way. Tony Mitchell excited the crowd with his athleticism, sending down a series of dunks for his 15 points.
Terrence Jennings continued his solid play, finishing the game with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jennings crashed the boards and converted on each of his of his four offensive rebounds. He also flashed a nice back-to-the-basket spin move. CJ Leslie added 11 points for the Knicks, and played the passing lanes well to pick up two steals. Toure Murry left in the second half and spent the rest of the game icing his right foot. Tim Hardaway Jr again sat out, yet again, with an injured wrist, watching the game courtside with his father.
Reggie Bullock led all scorers with 22 points on 8-20 shooting (3-11 from 3). He moved well off the ball, showing his ability to come off curl cuts and pull up for a 15 footer. Bullock also found Brandon Davies for a dunk, displaying an advanced passing touch. He was called for a clear-path foul in a successful attempt to prevent Mitchell adding to his highlight reel.
Davies was productive for the Clippers. He was active at both ends, hit the offensive glass and shot well from the perimeter. He finished the game with 14 points (5-11 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block.
Samardo Samuels posted a double double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He made a nice play in transition, where he sold a ball fake to a wide-open Bullock and finished the play himself. Despite his pre-game shooting practice with the sharp-shooting Bullock, Jerome Randle struggled to make baskets today, but nearly tallied a triple double. He got his teammates involved and finished with nine points, seven rebounds and eights assists to only two turnovers.
The Clippers leave Las Vegas with a 1-4 record.
Sacramento Kings 93, Atlanta Hawks 87
A third-quarter explosion from No. 7 pick Ben McLemore helped ensure that the Sacramento Kings left Vegas with a win, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 93-87 in Game 2 at COX Pavilion. McLemore lit the Hawks up for 19 points in the third alone for a game-high 27 points on 10-21 shooting.
McLemore had just four points at the half, once again missing open looks off the front iron. He bounced back with a red-hot 8-12 shooting performance in the second half, including a monster dunk on Mike Scott for a three-point play. McLemore again looked shaky leading the break, though. His footwork could use some tightening up, as well, as he was called for two traveling violations before putting the ball on the floor.
In addition, McLemore has somehow gone the entire summer league without recording an assist. Glass-half-full: McLemore is shooting the ball with confidence, even if the shot isn’t falling — Sacremento is paying him to hit shots, not run the offense. Glass-half-empty: It’s almost impossible to play this many games and this many minutes as a guard and not tally at least one assist.
Recently signed second rounder Ray McCallum didn’t shoot well, but he did a tremendous job setting up his teammates and running the offense, outside of a handful of panicky plays near the end of the Sacramento shot clock. He finished with 12 points (4-12 shooting), six rebounds and an excellent 11-2 assist-turnover ratio.
Mike Scott posted another strong outing — 25 points and 12 rebounds. Scott impressed last year and has developed a reliable outside shot. John Jenkins, like McLemore, had a slow first half but warmed up to battle the highly touted Kansas rookie in the second half.
Hawks’ first -ound pick Dennis Schroder looked better shooting the ball today, connecting on 3-6 from long range and played solid on-ball defense against McCallum.
Lucas Nogueira has an impressive start to the game, swatting shots and dunking at the other end. He was on track to break the summer league record for blocked shots (seven), but didn’t play in the second half, due to a right hamstring injury. He finished with four points, four rebounds and five blocks in just 11 minutes.
Second-round pick Mike Muscala didn’t show much today, playing just five minutes. He looked slow getting up and down the court and left the game with an injury to his lower calf.
Both teams finished summer league with a 1-4 record.
San Antonio Spurs 90, Milwaukee Bucks 80
Without Cory Joseph, Aron Baynes and Nando DeColo, the San Antonio Spurs still found a way to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 90-80, thanks in large part from Hollis Thompson and his game-high 21 points on 8-12 shooting. Thompson has proven to be a threat on the wing to make the outside shot, as well as having the ability to attack the basket and finish at the rim.
Thompson shrugged off some bench trash talking form Milwaukee’s John Henson, who didn’t dress for today’s game. Thompson played hard at both ends and moved well off the ball, sending down a dunk from a DeShaun Thomas pass off a nice backdoor cut. Englishman Ryan Richards was strong for the Spurs, displaying a nice touch from mid range and some back-to-the-basket moves. Richards hadn’t seen much action prior to today, but took advantage in this game, posting 18 points (8-11 shooting) in just 16 minutes.
Second-round pick DeShaun Thomas went 3-9 for six points. He converted on a nice drive and finished a post move with a tricky right-handed hook shot. Dexter Pitman was tough to handle on the inside, using his body well to create space and get his looks. Pitman made a soft face-up jumper and made crisp passes out of the post. Marcus Denmon got off to a good start, but couldn’t maintain his scoring, finishing 3-11 for his 10 points. He shot it confidently from the outside, draining two early 3-pointers. Denmon effectively got to the basket and finished one drive with a strong dunk. He added eight rebounds and five assists.
Without Henson, Nate Wolters led the Bucks with 20 points on 8-13 shooting from the field. Wolters doesn’t have the prettiest outside shot, but he was effective getting to the basket and controlling the Bucks’ offense. He has a nose for the ball, with three of his five rebounds coming on the offensive end. John Shurna threatened to get hot early, hitting his first two threes with his awkward release. He eventually cooled off, but finished with 14 points (4-12 shooting) and four rebounds.
The Spurs leave Las Vegas with a 3-2 record, while the Bucks finished their summer league at 2-3.
Chicago Bulls 94, Dallas Mavericks 87
Despite sitting point guard Marquis Teague, one of the most impressive all-around performers at this year’s LVSL, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Dallas Mavericks 94-87 in the final game for Day 8. Rookie Erik Murphy picked up Teague’s slack for the Bulls, collecting 19 points 13 rebounds, two assists and three blocks. The stretch four from Florida hit his outside shots (3-5 from 3), crashed the boards and hustled hard.
Andrew Goudelock scored a team-high 22 points on 8-15 shooting. First-round pick Tony Snell finally found the range on his jumper, going 6-13 (5-8 from 3) for 20 points. With no Malcolm Thomas, Deon Thompson got the start and didn’t disappoint, posting 14 points and nine rebounds.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning had a couple of impressive moments in the second half. He scored on a quick spin for a reverse lay-up, then immediately backed it up by beating his man and going under the rim for a dunk. He ended up with nine points and three boards in 16 minutes.
Justin Dentmon scored a game-high 23 points on 9-16 shooting. He was well supported by Josh Akognon, who buried some impressive bombs from long range, finishing with 18 points on 7-14 shooting (4-8 from 3). Dewayne Dedmon made some impressive plays around the basket for his 13 points and eight rebounds.
Chicago finished 4-1, while Dallas wrapped up with a 2-4 mark.
Minnesota Timberwolves 72, Portland Trailblazers 66
Lorenzo Brown (13 points) and Gorgui Dieng (10 points, three blocks) led the Timberwolves to a win over the short-handed Blazers, who sat CJ McCollum, Thomas Robinson and just about anyone else they’ll likely count on for minutes during the regular season. Terrel Harris took advantage of all the Portland absences, pouring in 25 points on 11-19 shooting. Minnesota broke even in its six games, while Portland finished 1-5.
Washington Wizards 78, New Orleans Pelicans 77
Austin Rivers led all scorers with 23 on 9-13 shooting, but it wasn’t enough, as the Wizards held on for a razor-thin one-point win. Sundiata Gains topped the Wiz with 15, and Glen Rice Jr. impressed with 14 points, including 3-4 from deep. Both teams finish the summer at 2-3
Memphis Grizzles 91, Denver Nuggets 84
Six Grizzlies scored in double figues, led by Tony Wroten and Donte Green at 16 apiece in the seven-point win. The Nuggets leaned on Luke Harangody (17 points), CJ Harris (13), and Erick Green (12). Memphis wraps up its Vegas tour with a 2-4 mark, while Denver finished 1-5.