NBA Summer League 2013: Day 3 Scores, Stats and Highlights from Vegas
With eight games on tap for Day 3 of the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League, there is enough hoops action to satiate even the most hardcore basketball junkie.
While the summer league isn't going to feature current NBA superstars, there are plenty of potential future greats to catch a glimpse of.
That includes Wizards rookie Otto Porter, who was in action against the Knicks on Sunday. He didn't look like a future superstar on this day, but let's not get overly analytic just three days into this summer league.
Knicks 82, Wizards 69
The Wizards' shooting was horrendous in this lopsided affair. They shot just 35.1 percent from the floor and 17.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Third overall selection Otto Porter did not help these numbers. After scoring seven points on 3-of-13 shooting on Saturday, Porter put up a similar performance on Sunday. He had eight points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field. This included the rookie going 0-for-3 beyond the arc.
However, Porter enjoyed his lofty draft status because he is a complete player, and he chipped in by adding five boards and three assists.
There was certainly more for Knicks fans to be excited about in this game—like this dunk by undrafted rookie C.J. Leslie:
The 6'9" forward from N.C. State is making an impression early. However, he still needs to improve his efficiency. In this game, he wound up playing 22 minutes while scoring nine points on 4-of-10 shooting.
It was not all good news for the Knicks, though. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. played just 10 minutes before suffering an injury. It does not appear to be serious, as X-Rays on his wrist came back negative:
Before leaving the game, Hardaway played well. He scored nine points while going 3-of-6 from the floor.
NBA D-League Select 81, Los Angeles Clippers 77
The Clippers came up on the losing end against this team of select players from the NBA D-League, but they will undoubtedly be all smiles.
That would largely be due to the play of 25th overall selection Reggie Bullock. He finished with 18 points and five boards in 31 minutes. That included this three:
Bullock, who led the Clippers in scoring, wasn't exactly on fire from beyond the arc, hitting just 3-of-10 from distance. However, he's been aggressive and competent. In this contest, he sank all seven of his free throws.
This was his second straight 18-point performance, but in the first one, he was a more efficient 8-of-15 from the field.
Elijah Millsap led the way for the D-League team. The brother of Paul Millsap scored 21 points after going 15-of-20 from the charity stripe.
Charlotte Bobcats 86, Dallas Mavericks 80
Cody Zeller had a fantastic game for the Bobcats. The rookie went for 21 points and 13 rebounds. He was 6-of-12 from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Here is Zeller following the game on his promising performance:
Jeffery Taylor also had a tremendous game for the Bobcats, adding 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Meanwhile, Jae Crowder had a nice night for the Mavericks, putting up 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
Los Angeles Lakers 81, Portland Trail Blazers 63
In what was easily the most lopsided game of the day, the Los Angeles Lakers trampled the Portland Trail Blazers. Lester Hudson led the charge with 15 points in 23 minutes, while Lazar Hayward and Marcus Landry each added 13 for Los Angeles.
Portland's C.J. McCollum tied for the game-high with 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting, while Will Barton picked up eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 20 minutes.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the play everyone will remember from Barton's day.
During the second half of the game, Lakers guard Michael Snaer fell onto Barton's leg. As a result, the second-year Blazers guard came up hobbling, dropped to the floor and was kept out of action for the remainder of the game.
Thankfully, the news was less devastating than we'd presumed.
#Blazers G Will Barton (right knee strain) will not return.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 15, 2013
For a Blazers team that lacked depth in 2012-13, losing Barton would be a a rough start for the 2012-13 season.
As for the other players of note, Robert Sacre added eight points and eight rebounds for L.A., and Portland's Meyers Leonard tallied 12 points and five boards.
Cleveland Cavaliers 69, Memphis Grizzlies 58
This one was all about Dion Waiters, as the former top-five pick tallied a game-high 23 points to go with four rebounds and four assists. Fellow second-year player Tyler Zeller added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Cory Higgins picked up 10 of his own.
For Memphis, Jack Cooley was the only player in double figures with 20 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, a steal and two three-point field goals.
Unfortunately for the former Notre Dame star, there was no support. Whether he was dropping dimes or making layups, Waiters made Memphis pay for that lack of aid.
Point in case:
Yet another strong performance by Waiters and Zeller, who are shaping up to be quality NBA players.
Milwaukee Bucks 69, New Orleans Pelicans 61
It was a battle of two high-quality backcourts in this one, as Brian Roberts and Austin Rivers combined for 35 points, and Dominique Jones and Ish Smith tallied 27. While Roberts and Rivers may have won the positional battle, they lost the game.
They also lost Darius Miller's self-esteem:
Where's Brandon Knight when you need to have your spirits lifted?
John Shurna opened some eyes, scoring nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc for Milwaukee. As for New Orleans, there wasn't much but rebounding prowess to be proud of.
At least Rivers and Roberts—two players expected to play critical roles come the regular season—are functioning well together.
Atlanta Hawks 75, Miami Heat 71
Second-year shooting guard John Jenkins and rookie point guard Dennis Schroeder opened some eyes in this one. Jenkins finished with a game-high 19 points, while Schroeder dished out eight assists in Atlanta's close win.
Throw in second-year forward Mike Scott's 13 points and rookie Lucas Nogueira's eight points and two blocks in 24 minutes, and you have an encouraging day for Atlanta.
Miami may have lost, but it too has reason for confidence, as four Heat players were in double figures. Rookie James Ennis and veteran Damion James both scored 11, with D.J. Kennedy and Anthony Marshall adding 10 apiece and Jarvis Varnado picking up up eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Atlanta walked away victorious, but both teams had reason to be impressed with their respective squads.
Toronto Raptors 82, San Antonio Spurs 76
In a battle between two teams with NBA players in summer league action, the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs walked away with their eyes opened. From former first-round draft choices coming up big to second-rounders proving their worth, we saw it all.
Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Terrence Ross dropped 14 points, six rebounds and two steals. D-League veterans Chris Wright, 13 points, and Micah Downs, 11 points, and Coby Karl, seven points, seven assists and five rebounds, all stepped up for Toronto.
For San Antonio, Cory Joseph and Deshaun Thomas each scored 16 points. Aron Baynes tallied 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while Marcus Denmon added nine and Amath M'Baye continued impressing with his athleticism.
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