Miami knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten plus more on Day 6 of summer league
In a showdown of the unbeatens, the Utah Jazz pulled away from the Miami Heat, 84-65 from the Cox Pavilion.
The Jazz improved to 3-0 while dropping the Heat to 2-1 after trailing by as many as nine in the first quarter.
In addition, the team trailed by two at halftime but a dominant 52-32 second half including a 25-12 fourth quarter effort.
Once Utah had the lead, it never relinquished it, leading by as many as 19 points.
Four Jazz starters scored in double figures with the team’s top two guys combining for ridiculous numbers.
Guard Trent Forrest and center Udoka Azubuike combined for 37 points on 16-of-20 shooting to go along with 19 total rebounds.
Miami-duo Max Strus and Omer Yurtseven had a tougher night, struggling heavily on the offensive side of the ball.
Strus and Yurtseven combined for 30 points on 10-of-29 from the field.
Second-year forward KZ Okpala added five points on 1-of-6 from the floor.
New Orleans remains undefeated with double-digit win over Cleveland
Despite it being summer, the head coaching stint for Willie Green and the New Orleans Pelicans is off to a sizzling start.
Six days into the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League from Las Vegas, Green has coached his Pelicans to a 3-0 record following a 87-74 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
New Orleans is one of the six undefeated teams left in Las Vegas.
The final score wouldn’t indicate a game that had 17 lead changes and nine ties between the two teams.
Second-year guard Kira Lewis Jr. led the way with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes.
Fellow second-year player Naji Marshall added 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists with two made three-pointers in three attempts.
A once 17-point lead was cut to as little as eight in the fourth quarter behind scrappy play from the Cavs.
Guard Brodric Thomas led Cleveland with 15 points in a game-high 32 minutes.
Number three overall pick, Evan Mobley, was held to 4-of-11 shooting, scoring eight points in 28 minutes to go along with 11 rebounds and three assists.
Cunningham, Pistons claim first win of summer league
The Detroit Pistons flirted with disaster and avoided it to secure No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham his first professional win.
Cunningham led the way with 24 points in the team’s 93-87 win over the New York Knicks on day six of summer league.
In addition to his 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, Cunningham added seven rebounds, three assists and drained a game-high seven three-pointers.
The Pistons had built big leads in their first two games during summer league but would watch those big leads fall to the wasteside.
After building a lead as large as 21 in this one, the Knicks cut the deficit to as little as three points in the fourth quarter.
Despite the run, Detroit never trailed in the game.
Forward Jamorko Pickett exploded for 13 points on a perfect 5-for-5 including three made three-pointers in the first quarter to help the Pistons build a 25-13 advantage.
Pickett finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field.
Midway through the third quarter, guards Immanuel Quickley and Miles McBride combined to shoot 2-of-23.
Quickley later found a bit of a rhythm to finish with 15 points on 4-of-18 from the floor while McBride went 2-for-14 for four points.
Second-year forward Obi Toppin led all scorers in the game with 31 points on 13-of-20 shooting, hauling in nine rebounds along the way.