The 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas came to a close with some more solid performances. Portland’s Luke Babbitt put up his highest scoring total of the summer to cap off a solid summer campaign.
However, Babbitt was just one of many who used the final day to show their teams what they have to offer for the 2010-11 NBA regular season.
Read on for all the highlights of day eight:
Milwaukee 80, Cleveland 66
The Bucks jumped out to a 20-point first half lead and coasted past the Cavs 80-66 for their first win of the Vegas Summer League.
Larry Sanders finished off a strong week with 17 points (7-of-11 FG), five rebounds, and three blocks. He finished the week with an impressive 14.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, and 1.4 steals.
Deron Washington added 17 as well, to go along with four rebounds, three steals, two three-pointers, and a block. He hit double-figure scoring in four games this week and, along with Sanders, was Milwaukee’s standout player.
In a productive 20 minutes off the bench, Sean Williams had 16 points (5-of-7 FG, 6-of-8 FT), 10 rebounds, and a block. Tiny Gallon added eight points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.
Second-round pick Darington Hobson sat out all five games with a sore right groin muscle.
The Cavs were without the services of J.J. Hickson, who dominated the first three games but played just 20 minutes yesterday as the coaching staff looked to get others more minutes, and Danny Green. It was listed that Green had a sprained ankle, but the extent of the injury doesn’t appear to be serious.
Jerome Dyson got the start in place of Green and had 18 points (3-of-11 3PT, 7-of-9 FT). Tasmin Mitchell replaced Hickson in the starting five and had six points, eight rebounds, two steals, and an assist.
Christian Eyenga (11 points, five rebounds, two blocks) and Pooh Jeter (three rebounds, two assists, one steal) each had 11 points.
Off the bench, David Monds had his most impressive game of the week, going for 14 points and 15 rebounds in 31 minutes.
The Cavs finished the week at 3-2.
San Antonio 78, Memphis 64
The Spurs jumped out to a 29-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, had a 22-point lead at the break, and defeated Memphis 78-64 to finish their summer league with a perfect 5-0 record.
Gary Neal was the star for the Spurs with 25 points (9-of-16 FG, 6-of-10 3PT), two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. He averaged 16.0 points in San Antonio’s five games.
The only other starter in double-figures was Tyler Wilkerson, who had 10 points, six rebounds, four steals, and an assist. Curtis Jerrells finished an up-and-down week with nine points, four assists, three rebounds, and a steal.
Off the bench, Eric Dawson chipped in with 14 points, three steals, and two rebounds.
For Memphis, DeMarre Carroll was the only player to crack more than nine points. He finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and a block.
Sam Young, the most consistent player on the Grizzlies’ roster, played just 17 minutes and had three points and four rebounds. Excluding today, he averaged 23.5 points (58.1 percent shooting), four rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks.
Greivis Vasquez had six points, three assists, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in 26 minutes. He also had seven turnovers.
The Spurs were outshot (43.9 percent for Memphis to 42.6 percent for San Antonio) and outrebounded (30 to 25), but made up for it with 14 steals and nine made three-pointers. Memphis went 3-2 this week.
Portland 83, Chicago 69
Behind balanced scoring and dominant shooting, the Blazers improved to 4-1 with an 83-69 win over the Bulls.
Luke Babbitt paced Portland with 22 points (6-of-8 FG, 2-of-3 3PT, 8-of-8 FT), four rebounds, four steals, three assists, and a block. He scored in double-figures four times, averaging 14.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting to go along with 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
Portland’s second-round selection, Armon Johnson, finished with 12 points, six assists, and two rebounds. No. 22 pick Elliot Williams was held out due to injury.
Patty Mills had 18 points (7-of-16 FG, 4-of-8 3PT) and three assists, while Dante Cunningham pitched in with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one block.
Reyshawn Terry added nine points and seven boards off the bench.
Chicago was led by Morris Almond, who was their bench spark all week. He had 22 points, five rebounds, and two three-pointers today, and averaged 13.2 points in just 18.4 minutes this week.
Derrick Byars had 14 points, five rebounds, and two assists in his first extended minutes, and Samardo Samuels had 13 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in 32 minutes.
Jack McClinton added 12 points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals off the bench. Chicago finished the week with a 1-4 record.
Atlanta 89, Minnesota 83
The Hawks used a late run to stretch their lead to 12 points, and used 15 points apiece from Jordan Crawford and Jeff Teague to defeat Minnesota 89-83.
Crawford struggled with his shot at times this week, but still showed why he was considered one of the premier scorers in this year’s draft. He had 15 points, five assists, and a steal against Minnesota, and scored 15-plus points four times in Atlanta’s five games. He averaged 16.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.8 steals.
Teague had 15 points of his own, with six assists, two steals, two blocks, and a rebound. He scored 15.6 points on 52.2 percent shooting, starting every game for Atlanta.
Alade Aminu had 14 points, five rebounds, and two blocks, while Randolph Morris added 13 points off the bench.
The Timberwolves were led by Lazar Hayward, who had 19 points (4-of-9 FG, 10-of-11 FT), three rebounds, and a steal. He had 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in four games.
Wayne Ellington had 18 points (7-of-13 FG, 2-of-4 3PT, 2-of-2 FT), four rebounds, and two assists. Ellington was up-and-down this week, but against Atlanta, Memphis, and Sacramento, he averaged 22.3 points (48.1 percent shooting), 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals.
Deon Thompson (three rebounds, two assists, two steals) and Patrick O’Bryant (six rebounds, two assists, one steal) each added 12 points apiece.
Minnesota wrapped up the week with a 1-4 record, while Atlanta finished 3-2.
Dallas 85, Sacramento 54
The Mavs jumped out to a 25-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and didn’t look back, routing the Kings 85-54.
Dominique Jones had a game-high 17 points (6-of-11 FG) to go with seven assists and three rebounds. Over the last two games, he averaged 22.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds, and put up 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists as a starter in all five games.
Roddy Beaubois added 15 points (6-of-9 FG, 3-of-3 3PT), two rebounds, and two assists. Ian Mahinmi had five points and eight rebounds, while Omar Samhan had eight points, five rebounds, and a block.
Jeremy Lin had 12 points and five boards off the bench. The Mavs shot 46.4 percent, outrebounded Sacramento 46-37, and held the Kings under 20 points in each quarter to finish the week at 2-3.
The Kings were led in scoring by Sylven Landesberg, who had 13 points, four rebounds, and a steal. Devan Downey had 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists off the bench.
After four impressive games to start summer league, DeMarcus Cousins was flat in the last two affairs. Today he shot just 1-of-12 from the field for six points, six rebounds, and five turnovers.
Through Friday, Cousins was averaging 17.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks.
This weekend, that dropped to 8.0 points (4-of-27 FG), 6.5 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks. Still, overall he had a solid performance and nearly averaged a double-double for the week (14.5 points, 9.8 boards).
Hassan Whiteside added six points and four rebounds and finished the week netting 6.8 points, 5.0 boards, and 2.3 blocks per game.
Omri Casspi and Donte Greene sat out for Sacramento, who finished 4-2 in six games.
NBA D-League Select Team 79, Los Angeles Clippers 78
The D-League Select Team had been competitive most of the week, holding second-half leads against Phoenix, Cleveland, and Memphis. They trailed the entire second half against the Clippers, and it looked like they would finish a competitive week with a 0-5 record.
Until Mark Tyndale stepped in.
Tyndale ran down a loose ball, fired up a 40-footer at the buzzer that went in, and the DST got their first win in Vegas, 79-78.
Tyndale scored a team-high 19 points playing 30 minutes off the bench. He shot 5-of-8 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line en route to 19 points. He also had two rebounds, two steals, and one key three-pointer.
Mike Gansey led the starters with a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) and chipped in two three-pointers, an assist, and a steal. Curtis Withers also had a double-double with 14 points (5-of-11 FG, 3-of-4 FT, 1-of-1 3PT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.
Starting point guard Jonathan Wallace had 13 points (6-of-12 FG), eight assists, four rebounds, and a steal, while Yaroslov Korolev added 11 points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 21 points (4-of-13 FG, 3-of-8 3PT, 10-of-11 FT), four rebounds, three steals, and two blocks to lead the Clippers. The No. 8 pick struggled shooting the ball, going just 17-of-58 in five games, but did average 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds for the week.
Eric Bledsoe had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a steal as well. He wasn’t his best this week either, averaging just 10.0 points per game (38.6 FG percent, 25.0 3PT percent, 53.6 FT percent) and committing 6.2 turnovers per game.
Rod Benson added 13 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, and two steals in the starting role over DeAndre Jordan, who sat out. Trey Johnson chipped in with 12 points and three assists while Willie Warren had seven points, five rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes off the bench.
The Clips went just 1-4 and failed to break 80 points in any game.