Catch up on all the excitement of the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Basketball fans are blessed with daily entertainment, usually with at least seven games to choose from.
Read on for day four’s top performances and game recaps:
New York 71, Los Angeles Lakers 63
Second-round pick Landry Fields had 17 points off the bench and the Knicks got their first win of the Vegas Summer League on Monday with a 71-63 triumph against the Lakers.
Fields played 23 minutes and went 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-3 from the foul line, and 1-of-3 from the three-point line. He also pulled down five rebounds and had three steals and two blocks.
The only other Knick to score in double-figures was Bill Walker, who had 14 points, two rebounds, and an assist. A day after committing nine fouls and seven turnovers, he had just four fouls and one turnover against L.A.
Toney Douglas struggled shooting (3-of-10 FG), but made his presence felt elsewhere. He had six points, seven assists, five rebounds, and five steals.
Andy Rautins had just three points, going 1-of-6 from the three-point line.
The Lakers were led by Derrick Caracter, who continued a solid run of summer league play with a 16-point, 10-rebound performance. However, he also had eight fouls and eight turnovers.
D.J. Strawberry had 12 points, three assists, a rebound, and a block. Former Michigan Wolverine Courtney Sims had 11 points and five rebounds.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment for L.A. was Devin Ebanks. Ebanks, who had great games in his first two outings, struggled mightily against the Knicks, going just 2-of-13 from the field and finishing with seven points, five rebounds, and four turnovers.
Sacramento 97, Detroit 68
The Kings shot 50.0 percent from the floor and held Detroit to just 35.5 percent shooting en route to a dominant 97-68 win to open their summer.
Sacramento had five players in double-figures, led by last year’s breakout star Omri Casspi. Casspi came off the bench for 16 points (5-of-10 FG, 5-of-6 FT), five rebounds, and two assists.
Rookies DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside got the start opposite one another and provided quite a towering frontcourt. Cousins had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist, while Whiteside added five points, five rebounds, five blocks, and a steal.
Starting at guard, Ryan Thompson added 12 points and Donte Greene had 11 points, two rebounds, two blocks, and an assist.
Tyrese Rice added 15 points in a reserve role.
The Pistons went down early and never recovered. They turned the ball over 18 times and were dismal shooting the ball.
Only three players hit double-figure scoring, and not one cracked 10 points.
DaJuan Summers had 10 points (just 3-of-11 FG), four rebounds, a steal and a block. A.J. Slaughter added 10 off the bench.
Austin Daye, who put up 20-plus points in his first two games, went 0-for-7 from the field and had six fouls and four turnovers. He finished with just five points and two assists.
Rookie Greg Monroe didn’t fare much better, with seven fouls and four turnovers of his own. He hit 3-of-7 shots and had seven points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Mac Koshwal had 10 points and 12 rebounds as well.
San Antonio 85, Minnesota 61
The Spurs are used to not being flashy; they just go out, do their job, and usually end up winning.
It appears their Vegas Summer League team is doing the same.
No player had more than 12 points, but the team shot over 50 percent from the field and won all four quarters as they rolled over the Timberwolves 85-61 in both teams’ opener.
Alonzo Gee and Dwayne Mitchell each had 12 points to lead San Antonio. Gee also had eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Mitchell had three steals, a rebound, and an assist of his own.
Garrett Temple had 11 points, two steals, a rebound, an assist, and a block, while Curtis Jerrells added 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
DeJuan Blair did not play for the Spurs.
For the Timberwolves, No. 4 pick Wes Johnson got the start and had a so-so debut in 25 minutes. He finished with 10 points (4-of-7 FG, 1-of-1 FT, 1-of-2 3PT), one rebound, and one block.
It was another rookie who led Minnesota in scoring: Lazar Hayward. Hayward had 13 points (4-of-10 FG), two rebounds, and two steals.
Jeremy Pargo added 12 points, four assists, two rebounds, and two steals, while Patrick O’Bryant had nine points, seven rebounds, and two steals.
The two teams combined for 55 turnovers (28 for San Antonio, 27 for Minnesota).
Dallas 73, Milwaukee 72
The Mavs got a game-tying bucket from J.R. Giddens with .3 seconds left in regulation, and then Roddy Beaubois hit the go-ahead jumper with .7 seconds left to lift Dallas to a 73-72 overtime win over Milwaukee.
Giddens and Beaubois were Dallas’ only two double-figure scorers, but they made enough big plays down the stretch in a tightly-contested battle to eek out their first win in Vegas.
Giddens had 16 points (7-of-11 FG, 2-of-3 3PT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Beaubois had 15 points (6-of-14 FG, 3-of-5 3PT), seven assists, and one steal, but did have eight fouls and six turnovers.
St. Mary’s star Omar Samhan had nine points, nine rebounds, and a block, while Mouhammad Faye had four points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks.
Rookie Dominique Jones struggled shooting (3-of-12 FG), but filled up the stat sheet with nine points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Darnell Jackson led Milwaukee with 17 points (8-of-15 FG), seven rebounds, and a block. Deron Washington had 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Rookie Larry Sanders didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (4-of-15 FG), but had nine points, seven rebounds, three blocks, one assist, and one steal. He also had six turnovers and five fouls.
Both teams shot nearly identical percentages (40.9 percent for Milwaukee, 40.0 percent for Dallas) and had similar rebounding (40 for Milwaukee, 37 for Dallas) and turnover (22 for Milwaukee, 20 for Dallas) numbers.
Phoenix 96, NBA D-League Select Team 88
The D-League Select Team played well, had a halftime lead and stretched it out to double-digits midway through the third quarter, but couldn’t put it all together and eventually fell to the Suns 96-88.
Phoenix rookie Gani Lawal had a triple-double, but did so with one category you’d want to avoid: 15 points (6-of-12 FG, 3-of-6 FT), 11 rebounds, and 10 fouls.
Earl Clark led the Suns with 18 points (6-of-12 FG, 6-of-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and a block. Matt Janning of Northeastern had 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Undrafted rookie Scottie Reynolds came off the bench and had 16 points in 18 minutes in his first summer league action. He went 4-of-6 from the field, 4-of-4 from the free throw line, and 2-of-2 from the three-point line while adding three assists, two rebounds, and one steal.
It was the bench of the DST that made a significant impact. Russell Robinson led the team with 17 points (3-of-7 FG, 9-of-13 FT), four steals, two assists, and a rebound, while Olmsted Falls-native and West Virginia graduate Mike Gansey had 15 points (5-of-6 FG, 3-of-3 3PT), two assists, one rebound, and a steal.
Curtis Withers led the DST starters with 16 points (8-of-8 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks, and an assist. Larry Owens added 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal, while Jonathan Wallace from Georgetown chipped in with 10 points.
Washington 89, Los Angeles Clippers 64
Former teammates John Wall and Eric Bledsoe had their first NBA showdown Monday night, and it was the No. 1 pick that came away with the first laugh.
Wall had 18 points, 10 assists, and five steals as the Wizards dominated their second-straight outing in an 89-64 laugher against the Clippers. Wall also turned the ball over eight times, giving him 16 through two games, but once again dictated tempo and looked like a legit, NBA-ready point guard.
Nick Young also had 18 points (6-of-11 FG, 4-of-7 3PT, 2-of-2 FT) for Washington to go along with two steals, one block, and a rebound.
JaVale McGee had a double-double, putting up 10 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. Rookie Trevor Booker added eight points, four rebounds, a steal, and a block.
Bledsoe and Nik Caner-Medley each had 17 points for the Clippers. Bledsoe shot 6-of-15 from the field and had six rebounds, four assists, and a steal, but also committed 10 turnovers.
Caner-Medley had four rebounds and three three-point field goals.
No. 8 pick Al-Farouq Aminu had 11 points (3-of-9 FG, 5-of-7 FT), seven rebounds, and an assist in his first summer league action. Second-round pick Willie Warren hit 10 points and had a little of everything else (one rebound, one assist, one steal).
Los Angeles shot just 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the field, turned the ball over 29 times, and cracked 20 points in just one quarter (25 in the third). They scored just nine points in the fourth.
Memphis 89, Atlanta 85
The Grizzlies built a 17-point first-half lead and held off a late rally from the Hawks to win their Vegas opener, 89-85.
All five Memphis starters scored in double-figures, while lottery pick Xavier Henry did not play, as he currently is not with the team.
O.J. Mayo, who is playing to get some experience at the point guard spot, played 33 minutes and led the Grizz with 20 points (8-of-13 FG, 4-of-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and a steal. He did turn the ball over eight times, which isn’t great considering he’ll be the starting PG if Memphis ships out Mike Conley, Jr. this summer (they are rumored to be interested in doing so).
Sam Young added 19 points (6-of-11 FG, 6-of-6 FT), a rebound, and an assist.
Last year’s No. 2 pick, Hasheem Thabeet, had a solid debut with 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and an assist.
Darrell Arthur had 17 points (8-of-13 FG), seven rebounds, three assists, and a steal, while DeMarre Carroll added 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Rookie Greivis Vasquez played 17 minutes and had two points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
Atlanta’s last two first-round picks (Jeff Teague and Jordan Crawford) led the way with 16 points apiece. Teague shot 5-of-10 from the field with four rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
Crawford was dynamic from the perimeter, going 4-of-9 from the three-point line, and also added five assists, three rebounds, and three steals.
Alade Aminu chipped in with 14 points, three rebounds, two steals, and a block.
Memphis shot 51.6 percent compared to Atlanta’s 45.5 percent, and out-rebounded the Hawks 37-27. They won despite committing 21 turnovers and hitting one three-pointer.