The 2013 NBA Summer League continued today in Las Vegas as rising stars and veterans hopeful of receiving a contract offer have come together again. With seven games of action, there was no shortage of memorable moments to marvel over.
Here's how it all went down.
Charlotte Bobcats 84, New York Knicks 71
In a clash between two teams laced with NBA talent, the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the New York Knicks by a score of 84-71. With veteran Iman Shumpert and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. sidelined by injuries, however, it was a Charlotte forward who stepped up.
That would be summer league standout and former second-round draft choice Jeff Taylor, who tallied 20 points and four steals. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the star, picked up nine points and two steals, while Cody Zeller, the No. 4 pick in 2013, tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Bismack Biyombo, 11 rebounds and two blocks, made sure that he wasn't the NBA player to go without his fair share of attention.
Few things are as entertaining as a chase-down block.
For the Knicks, undrafted signing C.J. Leslie shined with a team-high 15 points. Jerome Jordan added 12 points and nine rebounds, with Terrence Jennings adding 10.
In the end, it was Charlotte's second round small forward who proved to be too much.
New Orleans Pelicans 66, Cleveland Cavaliers 62
NBA players were at a premium as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 66-62. While every player drew attention, however, one matchup took precedence over all else, as Austin Rivers took on Dion Waiters.
In the end, it was Rivers and the Pelicans who emerged victorious.
Rivers tallied 13 points and a steal on 5-of-12 shooting. Waiters picked up 16 points while going 5-of-16 from the field. Tyler Zeller added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, and Brian Roberts stayed hot for the Pelicans with 11 points, six assists and three steals.
For all of the praise for the scorers, Pelicans rookie Jeff Withey made sure to make an impact with his defense.
Did we expect anything less from Withey?
Lance Thomas added 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, and Darius Miller scored 11. Jermaine Taylor managed 10 points in 15 minutes for the Cavaliers.
It was a defensive battle that New Orleans held on to win.
Phoenix Suns 91, Minnesota Timberwolves 89
In what was easily the best game of the day, the Morris twins led the Phoenix Suns past Robbie Hummel and the Minnesota Timberwolves. As for how good of a game it was, it took a game-winning jumper to decide it.
The Morris twins were to thank for that, too.
Markieff Morris picked up 22 points, while brother Marcus Morris put up 18 of his own. Dionte Christmas added 16 points, Kendall Marshall put up 13 and six assists, and P.J. Tucker finished with 10 and nine rebounds.
In the end, it was Marcus Morris who sealed the deal.
Hummel stepped up and led Minnesota with 18 points, while Demitri Mccarney dropped 13 and Kee Kee Clark put up 10. Shabazz Muhammad added eight in 23 minutes, including a three-ball, but shot just 1-of-5 from the free-throw line.
Free throws that the former UCLA star would love to have back after a two-point loss.
Los Angeles Lakers 77, Los Angeles Clippers 65
In a clash between the NBA's two Los Angeles franchises, the Lakers took down the Clippers by a score of 77-65. Working from the inside-out, L.A. played physical defense and pounded it down low to pick up the win.
Marcus Landry took control once again, finishing with a game-high 16 points. Forward Elias Harris added 12, while point guard Lester Hudson dropped 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal.
Chris Douglas-Roberts capped it off with 12 of his own, but it was Landry who took control of this one.
There may be a place on the Lakers' roster for this veteran.
Rookie Reggie Bullock put up 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the Clippers. DaJuan Summers and JaJuan Johnson each chipped in 11 points, but it simply wasn't enough.
The Lakers hope this rivalry turns out the same way come the regular season.
Golden State Warriors 80, Sacramento Kings 66
Northern California rivals clashed in this one, as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings by a score of 80-66. Led by second-year players, the Warriors overcame a fierce rally by Sacramento's rookies.
Draymond Green led the charge for Golden State, scoring a team-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Kent Bazemore added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal, with rookie Ian Clark tallying 14 on 3-of-6 shooting from distance.
Green spoke on the performance in a postgame interview:
Surprisingly, Green wasn't the star of this game.
Second-round draft choice Ray McCallum was sensational for Sacramento, scoring 23 points and swiping six steals on 7-of-10 shooting. Ben McLemore added 14 points, but the Kings simply didn't provide the necessary supporting fire.
Even still, both teams walked away with a positive view of their youth.
San Antonio Spurs 96, Atlanta Hawks 87
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Atlanta Hawks in an offensive brawl, winning 96-87 to move to 2-1. Perhaps most importantly, both teams saw their NBA prospects step up in a major way during this game.
The Spurs simply received a better output.
Aron Baynes led the charge with a monstrous game, tallying 19 points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots. Nando De Colo added 19 points, eight assists and two steals, while rookie Deshaun Thomas added 17.
Marcus Denmon added 14 points and four assists in 24 minutes, thus continuing his preparation to potentially step in as 2013-14's Gary Neal. Hollis Thompson threw in 11 rebounds.
While Denmon may attempting to fill in as San Antonio's new bench scoring guard, Jared Cunningham looked to be Vince Carter.
Cunningham finished with 12 points and two steals.
Mike Scott led all scorers with 27 points and seven rebounds, and John Jenkins scored 15. Lucas Nogueira grabbed nine rebounds in 25 minutes and Dennis Schroeder scored eight points in 26, to round out the international rookies' production.
In the end, however, it was the actual Spurs who outlasted the team built like the Spurs.
Chicago Bulls 93, Denver Nuggets 81
What a performance by the Chicago Bulls.
Andrew Goudelock exploded in this game, scoring 31 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field and 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. Surprisingly, Goudelock wasn't the player who emerged with a record under his belt.
That honor belonged to Malcolm Thomas, who finished with 13 points and a Summer League records 22 rebounds.
Erik Murphy scored 18 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range, Marquis Teague picked up 15 points and seven assists, and Tony Snell dropped in 11 to round out an excellent performance by Chicago.
For Denver, Evan Fournier managed 20 points and Luke Harangody threw in 17 and seven rebounds. Erick Green and Jordan Hamilton each piled up 11 and Darius Johnson-Odom tallied 10 during a losing effort.
A strong performance by the Nuggets, but one that simply wasn't enough against a monumental outing by Chicago.