We've reached Day 7 of the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League, as the top NBA prospects in the world continue to battle for seasonal supremacy. With berths in the quarterfinals on the line, all teams had a lot to play for.
Here's how it all transpired, with the official bracket of the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League Championship provided via NBA.com.
No. 7 Cleveland Cavaliers 72, No. 10 San Antonio Spurs 66
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In a clash between the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 72-66. In turn, the Cavaliers moved on to the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Summer League championship tournament and the Spurs were eliminated.
It certainly wasn't easy.
Dion Waiters carried the Cavaliers to victory, scoring a game-high 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting in 32 minutes. Jermaine Taylor added 11 points and Kenny Kadji dropped 10, helping Waiters lead Cleveland to a huge win.
It took a monstrous effort, but in the end, Cleveland had just enough.
Even in defeat, the Spurs had reason to be encouraged.
Marcus Denmon stepped up with 19 points and four assists, shooting 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-10 from three-point range. Aron Baynes added 13 points and 10 rebounds, but in the end, it just wasn't enough.
Waiters and the Cavaliers will move on to the quarterfinals.
No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers 72, No. 9 Milwaukee Bucks 68
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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their success at the 2013 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 72-68. With the win, they move on to the quarterfinals of the championship tournament.
It was the Lakers' cast of unsung heroes who stepped up for yet another win.
Marcus Landry scored a game-high 18 points, and Robert Sacre added 16 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes. Point guard Lester Hudson stepped up with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, continuing his solid play in Summer League action.
It wasn't easy, but it was enough.
Milwaukee put forth a quality effort, but it simply wasn't enough.
John Henson finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Ish Smith scored 11 and Nate Wolters added nine points, five rebounds and four assists for Milwaukee's backcourt attack.
In the end, it was all about the Lakers, who put forth a balanced attack that eventually trumped Milwaukee's second-quarter woes.
No. 6 Toronto Raptors 95, No. 22 Denver Nuggets 78
The Toronto Raptors have been consistently strong throughout the Las Vegas Summer League, while the Denver Nuggets have had their ups and downs. With a spot in the quarterfinals on the line, Toronto made it clear who the superior team is.
With a 95-78 win, the Raptors solidify their status as a favorite.
Six Raptors were in double figures, including all five starters, with two players going off for double-doubles. Those players were point guard Dwight Buycks, with 18 points and 10 assists, and center Jonas Valanciunas, with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Quincy Acy, Micah Downs and Coby Karl were also in double-figures.
Denver wasn't as balanced.
Jordan Hamilton scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field and 4-of-10 from three-point range. Luke Harangody and Quincy Miller each scored 10 points, but in the end, the supporting fire wasn't enough.
Toronto moves on.
No. 5 Charlotte Bobcats 92, No. 21 Memphis Grizzlies 84
The Memphis Grizzlies made an incredible comeback, storming back from 19 points down to take the Charlotte Bobcats to the limit. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late, as the Bobcats held on for a 92-84 win to advance to the quarterfinals.
A well-earned win, to say the least.
Jerome Dyson led the charge with 21 points and nine assists on perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field. Jeffrey Taylor and Cody Zeller each scored 18 points for support, with the latter also grabbing nine rebounds.
Patrick Ewing Jr. added 10 points and eight assists during the win, which continues an excellent display of potential by the Bobcats.
Memphis may have come up short, but they have two rookies who are displaying legitimate NBA upside.
Vander Blue led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, putting the criticisms of his three-point shooting to temporary rest with 5-of-8 marksmanship from beyond the arc. Jack Cooley dropped 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Donte Greene managed 15 points and Gerald Robinson posted 10.
Memphis made a marvelous comeback, but the Bobcats held on in the end to advance to the quarterfinals.
No. 3 Phoenix Suns 92, No. 19 Portland Trail Blazers 84
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The Phoenix Suns continued their undefeated streak in this one, winning their fourth straight game and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Summer League championship tournament. It took a high-scoring contest to get there, but in the end, the Suns outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers 92-84.
You can thank balance for that.
Markieff Morris posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, Dionte Christmas had 15 off of the bench and Diante Garrett tallied 14. Chris Babb added 11, Archie Goodwin scored 10 and P.J. Tucker finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
In the end, Portland simply couldn't get the ball out of their guard's hands and failed to match Phoenix when it counted most.
Let us explain.
C.J. McCollum and Will Barton combined for 43 points in this one. Unfortunately, that's not the true story, as the duo also shot a combined 17-of-47 from the field, 4-of-14 from three-point range and committed nine turnovers.
When you rely too heavily upon one tandem and the opposition utilizes ball movement, you'll see the same result time after time.
No. 4 NBA D-League Select Team 83, No. 13 Minnesota Timberwolves 75
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If you've ever wondered how good you have to be just to play in the NBA D-League, watch the Las Vegas Summer League. They've yet to be defeated and, after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 83-75, are moving on to the quarterfinals.
All hail the unsung heroes.
Former Wisconsin star Brian Butch led the charge with 18 points and 11 rebounds, with Valpairaiso great Ron Howard scoring 14 off of the bench. Elijah Millsap continued to light up the scoreboard with 13 and two steals, and Stefhon Hannah had 10 points of his own.
After the game, Butch spoke on the D-League's ability to come in and dominate Las Vegas.
For Minnesota, it wasn't pretty.
John Holland and Othyus Jeffers each scored 11 points for the T-Wolves, but they were the only players in double-figures. Minnesota shot 33.8 percent from the field as a team and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The D-League Select Team will now play the Bobcats in the quarterfinals.
No. 18 Miami Heat 68, No. 2 Chicago Bulls 62
In a rare upset, the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls by a score of 68-62. This comes after Chicago, the No. 2 seed, had gone undefeated leading up to this game.
With Andrew Goudelock's collapse came Chicago's ultimate demise.
Damion James finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Travis Leslie scored 13 in 19 minutes. James Ennis added 11 and Jarvis Varnado continued to protect the rim, which proved to be enough for Miami to win this defensive slugfest.
That's a kind way of describing a contest in which both teams shot below 37.0 percent from the field.
As you can see above, there were still some highlights.
Marquis Teague scored a game-high 21 points, but Goudelock's Summer League MVP campaign ended when he scored five points on 2-of-14 shooting. Entering the contest as Las Vegas' leading scorer, we're now left wondering what could have been.
As for what is, the Heat will play the Cavaliers in the quarterfinals.
No. 1 Golden State Warriors 79, No. 16 Dallas Mavericks 76
What. A. Game.
Down by 14 points in the fourth quarter, the top-seeded Golden State Warriors came back to escape with a 79-76 victory over the No. 16 Dallas Mavericks. With the crowd on their side, the Warriors stepped up late and survived a scare to enter the quarterfinals.
The favorite lives to fight another day.
Kent Bazemore lit up the scoreboard for a game-high 25 points and Lance Goulborne scored 10 huge points to help the Warriors come back and win. Cameron Jones added 15 points, Ian Clark stroked it for 13 and Draymond Green managed 10.
A well-rounded effort to avoid an early upset.
Even in defeat, Dallas deserves praise.
NBA D-League star Justin Dentmon scored a team-high 19 points, making 7-of-12 from the field. Gal Mekel added 13, Jackie Carmichael had 12 and seven rebounds, and Ricky Ledo finished with 12 and six.
The Warriors now move on to play the Lakers.