NBA Summer League 2013: Day 9 Scores, Stats and Highlights from Vegas

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 20, 2013

image from Miami Heat Instagram
image from Miami Heat Instagram

Semifinals berths were on the line on Day 9 of the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. The Miami Heat summer-league squad has risen to the occasion despite entering the tournament portion of the Vegas schedule as the 18th seed.

On Saturday, the Heat knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 82-76. 

The Heat got double-doubles from Jarvis Varnado (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Damion James (12 points, 10 rebounds). They were two of five Heat players who scored in double figures.


The Cavs were led by Justin Harper, who had 21 points, and Jermaine Taylor, who finished with 20 points. Miami's 35-24 edge on the glass was the biggest difference in the game.

Here's a look at the highlights:

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The Phoenix Suns Knocked off the Toronto Raptors 

Despite 28 points apiece from the Toronto Raptors' Quincy Acy and newly signed Dwight Buycks, the Suns held on to win, 103-98, and remain undefeated in Vegas.

Phoenix moved on to the semifinals on the strength of 23 points and six rebounds from Marcus Morris and 20 points from rookie Archie Goodwin. The latter has played very well in Vegas. Goodwin continued to shine on Saturday night, as he made all five of his shots from the field—including two from three-point range—and hit 8-of-10 free throws.

The Suns shot a blistering 50 percent from deep, while the Raptors struggled mightily from long range. They converted only 2-of-14 from beyond the arc. Acy accounted for both makes.

Here's a look at Morris burying a buzzer-beater to end the first half.


Charlotte Handles the D-League Select Team

Behind 17 points from Abdul Gaddy, the Bobcats eliminated the D-League Select team from the Vegas Summer League tournament with an 85-75 win. Playing without No. 4 overall pick Cody Zeller, the Bobcats improved their record to 4-1 and handed the D-League squad its first loss.

In defeat, the D-Leaguers were led by Darnell Jackson's 12 points and nine rebounds, and 12 points from Elijah Millsap. Here, the Bobcats' Patrick Ewing Jr. slams one home in the first half.


Golden State Warriors Stay Undefeated

The Dubs joined the Suns as the only two teams to enter the semifinals in Vegas undefeated. They handed the L.A. Lakers their second loss of the summer league on Saturday. The 83-77 win put the Dubs in the semifinals against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Kent Bazemore led the Warriors with 26 points. Take a look at this block from Michael Eric that leads to the vicious slam from Bazemore.

The Lakers were led by Lester Hudson's 18 points, but he missed a three-point shot that could have tied the game with just over 24 seconds remaining in the game. 


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