Summer League Recap: Vegas Tournament Day 1

Lonzo Ball Los Angeles Lakers Summer League

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

With the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League Tournament beginning yesterday, here are the finals and notables to see who moved on:

#24 Pelicans: 105 #9 Hawks: 95

New Orleans Notables:

Quinn Cook: 26 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2/2 on threes

Cheick Diallo: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Jalen Jones: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Axel Toupane: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3/3 on threes

James Young: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

 

Atlanta Notables:

John Collins: 25 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Taurean Prince: 18 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3/5 on threes

DeAndre’ Bembry: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

Ryan Kelly: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Josh Magette: 9 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

 

The Pelicans ride an explosive offense to upset the Hawks in the first round. Atlanta led through about midway in the second, but then the Pelicans ran away with the game, leading by as many as 18.

New Orleans had three players score 20-plus, and the team shot 55.4 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc.

John Collins was once again a force in the paint, going off for 25 points and 9 boards. He also had what may be the best dunk of the summer:

Through four this summer, Collins is averaging 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game on 64.4 percent shooting from the field.

The Pelicans advance to face the eight-seeded Spurs, while the Hawks move into the consolation bracket.

 

#23 Nuggets: 87 #10 Rockets: 81

Denver Notables:

Torrey Craig: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks

Monte Morris: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Robert Carter Jr: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Malik Beasley: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

 

Houston Notables:

Chris Johnson: 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2/3 on threes

Troy Williams: 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals

Isaiah Taylor: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 1 block

Tim Quarterman: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

 

In the second upset of the night, the Nuggets took down the #10 seeded Rockets on the back of an unlikely hero.

Torrey Craig returned to the U.S. to play basketball for the first time since 2014, when he was a senior at USC-Upstate. Since then, he has been playing professionally in Australia. His 27 points and 11 rebounds raised his summer league averages to 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Malik Beasley also helped the Denver cause with 9 points and 6 rebounds, while Monte Morris added 14 points and Robert Carter totaled a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Denver first-rounder Tyler Lydon continues to struggle, and with one point last night, he is averaging just 3 points per game on 21.1 percent shooting from the field and 14.3 percent from long distance.

The Rockets, despite great performances by Troy Williams, Chris Johnson, and Isaiah Taylor, will fall into the consolation bracket as they are the victims of another huge upset.

 

#21 Wizards: 88 #12 Heat: 89

Washington Notables:

Marcus Keene: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Ike Diogu: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Sheldon McClellan: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Michael Young: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Jared Cunningham: 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

 

Miami Notables:

Justin Robinson: 19 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Lamond Murray Jr: 17 points, 5 rebounds

Zach Auguste: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists

Sebastian Saiz: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals

A.J. Hammons: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks

 

The Heat avoided what would be the third straight upset of the night, and instead defeated on against the Wizards.

Washington, down most of the game, took the lead with 25 seconds left on Ike Diogu’s free throw.

Former Monmouth star Justin Robinson came through for Miami though, as he drains a deep two off a pass from Gian Clavell. On the other end, Sebastian Saiz blocks Diogu’s potential game-winning jumper, sealing the game for Miami.

Here’s some highlights of Saiz, skip to 27 seconds to see the block:

Miami moves on to face the fifth seeded Clippers.

 

#22 Warriors: 77 #11 Timberwolves: 69

Golden State Notables:

Patrick McCaw: 26 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Bryce Alford: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists,

Elgin Cook: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist,

Kevon Looney: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block

Jordan Bell: 6 points, 16 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks

 

Minnesota Notables:

C.J. Williams: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Perry Ellis: 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Jack Gibbs: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Marcus Paige: 8 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, 1 steal

Charles Cooke: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

 

Patrick McCaw’s 26 points led the Warriors over the T-Wolves in the third upset of the night, as the 24, 23, and 22 seeds all advance.

In a rough night for Minnesota offensively, C.J. Williams led the way with 19 points for the Wolves.¬†Jordan Bell’s defense was once again on display for the Warriors, as his 16 rebounds and 3 blocks helped stifle Minnesota’s offense.¬†Golden State moves on to play Jayson Tatum and the sixth seeded Celtics.

 

#20 Jazz: 81 #13 Suns: 97

Utah Notables:

Eric Griffin: 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks

Devondrick Walker: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

Spencer Butterfield: 11 points, 7 rebounds

Travis Leslie: 9 points, 5 rebounds

Donovan Mitchell: DNP

 

Phoenix Notables:

Josh Jackson: 21 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Dragan Bender: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Mike James: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal

Davon Reed: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

Marquese Chriss: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Derrick Jones Jr: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block

 

Josh Jackson put together another great game for the Suns, as his 21 points and 15 rebounds led the team. Dragan Bender added 18, while recently-signed Mike James chipped in 18 and 7 assists. Phoenix pulled away from the Jazz in the fourth, as their 16-point win was their biggest lead of the game.

Eric Griffin was the lone bright spot for Utah, as his 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks all led the team. Donovan Mitchell’s absence seemed to have hurt the Jazz greatly on both sides of the ball.

Phoenix will advance to play #4 seed Memphis Grizzlies.

 

#19 Kings: 69 #14 Bucks: 65

Sacramento Notables:

Skal Labissiere: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks

Georgios Papagiannis: 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

JaKarr Sampson: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Justin Jackson: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

 

Milwaukee Notables:

Sterling Brown: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Rashad Vaughn: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Gary Payton II: 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals

Reggie Upshaw Jr: 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

 

The Kings, led by Skal Labissiere, upset the Bucks in a very ugly game. Offense was hard to come by, especially for the Bucks.

Justin Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to give Sacramento a two-point lead. D.J. Wilson then turns the ball over on a bad pass, and Skal Labissiere hits two from the stripe to secure the win.

The frontcourt duo of Labissiere and Papagiannis ate up the Bucks’ interior defense, as they combined for 36 points, 22 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks.

Sacramento will play the third seeded Mavericks in the next round.

 

#17 Bulls: 77 #16 Trail Blazers: 88

Chicago Notables:

Antonio Blakeney: 27 points, 11 assists, 1 steal

Brady Heslip: 14 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists

Denzel Valentine: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

 

Portland Notables:

Jake Layman: 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals

Jarnell Stokes: 16 points, 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Caleb Swanigan: 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Nick Johnson: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

R.J. Hunter: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

 

The Blazers break a tie going into the fourth with a 27-16 run to advance to the next round.

Chicago went cold offensively in the fourth, but Antonio Blakeney had a big game as he went for 27 points and 11 assists. Jake Layman paced the Blazers in points with 22, while big men Caleb Swanigan and Jarnell Stokes combined for 29 points and 26 rebounds.

Portland advances to face the top-seeded Raptors.

 

#18 76ers: 102 #15 Lakers: 103

Philadelphia Notables:

Furkan Korkmaz: 19 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Alex Poythress: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Larry Drew II: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 5/7 on threes

Isaiah Briscoe: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

James Blackmon Jr: 12 points, 1 rebound

Brandon Austin: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

 

Los Angeles Notables:

Lonzo Ball: 36 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks

Ivica Zubac: 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Kyle Kuzma: 13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Matt Thomas: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists

 

Despite not getting to see Fultz v. Ball, this game was one of the most exciting games of night.

With L.A. down by two with 25 seconds left, Lonzo Ball spins and muscles his way to the basket to get the layup to fall, plus the foul. Ball hits the free throw, but on the other end, James Blackmon Jr drives into the lane for the lay-in to take the lead. Kyle Kuzma tosses the inbounds pass to Ivica Zubac, and he gets fouled in the paint, and he would hit both free throws to take the lead and the win.

Larry Drew II’s long three attempt air balls, and the Lakers advance to face the two seeded Cavs.

Lonzo Ball becomes the first player in summer league history to score 36 points and rack up at least 11 assists. Ball came two rebounds short of a triple-double. Since his horrible shooting debut, Ball has done his best to silence the doubters. Here are some of his highlights from last night:

All stats courtesy of the NBA App or RealGM

 

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