Thursday's eight-game slate of the Las Vegas Summer League was all about creating separation.
For the 16 teams on the floor, a win was the difference between a day of preparation for Saturday's quarterfinals and a win-or-lose-and-go-home game in Friday's consolation round in the summer league tournament. Until the real standings start moving, these were as close to meaningful games as there are going to be for a while.
Dion Waiters, Dwight Buycks and the Morris twins helped lead their teams to victory, while John Henson and Jordan Hamilton made plenty of noise even in losing efforts.
Not everyone came out ahead on Thursday—this is Las Vegas, after all. Deshaun Thomas' plummet back to Earth was like watching a 30-minute train wreck.
With so many games to digest and so little time before Friday's battle for the best losers, here's everything you need to know about Round 2 in Sin City.