Houston’s first loss, more close games top day five of NBA Summer League
After beating up-ending the Orlando Magic in the team’s last outing, the Houston Rockets suffered their first loss of the NBA Summer League on day five.
The Rockets were defeated, 92-76, by the Toronto Raptors from the Thomas & Mack Center.
Number two overall pick, Jalen Green, scored 13 points and hauled in three rebounds in 12 minutes of play before leaving the game with hamstring soreness.
Green will sit out the rest of summer league as a precautionary reason.
Former Baylor standout Ish Wainright led the way for Toronto with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including four made three-pointers.
Number four overall pick Scottie Barnes was held scoreless in the first half before finishing with eight points on 2-of-7 from the field.
Newly acquired Precious Achiuwa added 19 points of his own on 8-of-10 from the floor.
Orlando thrashed by 37 at the hands of Boston
Orlando Magic guards Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony didn’t play at all in the second half of a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics from the Cox Pavilion.
Both players combined for 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 25 minutes of action.
No Magic starter had more than six points, which was Suggs.
Guard Tahjere McCall led the team in scoring with 12 points in 11 minutes off-the-bench.
Boston, on the other hand, was aided by four players in double figures, led by 21 points from rookie Sam Hauser.
Guard Aaron Nesmith chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds while fellow guard Payton Pritchard added 17 more points and nine assists.
Thomas continues to steal summer league show in Las Vegas
Another day, another big moment for Brooklyn Nets rookie Cam Thomas.
In a sudden death second overtime scenario, Thomas drained a running one-legged three-pointer to give his Nets the 84-81 win over the Washington Wizards.
Neither team had a lead larger than nine with 15 lead changes and 11 ties.
Thomas ended the night with a game-high 31 points on 10-of-23 from the field with two made three pointers. Both of his made three-pointers came at crucial points as the first came at the end of the first overtime period to force the sudden death period.
His game-winning three floated over the outstretched arms of Washington rookie Corey Kispert.
Brooklyn overcame 18 turnovers in the win.
No Washington starter scored more than nine points with three putting up at least 13 points off-the-bench.
Forward James Echenique led the Wizards with 17 points.
Nine of the 15 games from Cox Pavilion this year have been decided by three points or less.
Spurs finally find way to win late
Better late than never.
The San Antonio Spurs finally won a closely-contested game to secure their first win of the Las Vegas summer league, edging the Charlotte Hornets, 106-105.
Coming into this game, the Spurs had lost games by two and three points respectively.
Guard Tre Jones led the way with 34 points including the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds remaining.
He also dished out nine assists and pulled in eight rebounds.
Jones scored 10 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter.
San Antonio trailed 4-0 early and did not trail again until the fourth quarter, where the team trailed by a point on two separate occasions.
On the other hand, the team led by as much as 12 in a game that featured seven lead changes and seven ties.
Guard Jaylen Morris also added 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting including three made three-pointers to go along with five rebounds.
The Spurs played mostly with an eight-man rotation.
Hornets rookie James Bouknight led the way with 23 points and eight assists.
He’s averaging 17.7 points per game in Las Vegas.
Second-year big man Vernon Carey Jr. added 18 points and eight rebounds.