And then there were two.
The 2013 Las Vegas Summer League continued on Sunday, July 21 with the semifinal stages of the championship tournament. With the Miami Heat taking on the Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Bobcats battling the Golden State Warriors, we were finally down to the best teams of the summer.
Here's how it all transpired.
Phoenix Suns 91, Miami Heat 89
If you doubted how competitive a summer league game could be, the Heat and Suns gave you a playoff atmosphere. Not only are players competing for roster spots, they're looking to walk away with the Las Vegas Summer League title.
In the end, Phoenix topped Miami, 91-89, to move one step closer to that dream and remain undefeated in Vegas Summer League play.
Markieff Morris made a driving layup with 21.8 seconds left to put the Suns up two, and after the Heat failed to convert on the other end, Phoenix held on for the win. This continues an extraordinary summer by Phoenix's power forward, as he finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Brother Marcus Morris added 17 points in 22 minutes, P.J. Tucker scored a team-high 19, and both Dionte Christmas and Arinze Onuaku scored 10. In the end, it was all about Markieff Morris' clutch scoring.
James Ennis posted game-high marks of 25 points and nine rebounds for the Heat and also made four three-point field goals. James Nunnally added 24 of his own with five three-pointers. D.J. Kennedy scored 18 with six rebounds and Eric Griffin managed 12.
In the end, it came down to clutch baskets, and the Suns will take their perfect record into the championship round.
Golden State Warriors 75, Charlotte Bobcats 67
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In grind-it-out fashion, the Golden State Warriors remained undefeated by defeating a shorthanded Charlotte Bobcats crew, 75-67. Fueled by a strong defensive fourth quarter, the Warriors will now move on to the finals of the first annual Las Vegas Summer League championship tournament.
Cameron Jones scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Warriors, with Draymond Green adding 15, 12 rebounds and four steals. Kent Bazemore added 13 and James Southerland scored an efficient 11 on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
Bazemore continued to put his high-flying heroics on display with this dunk:
Charlotte, forced to play without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeffery Taylor and Cody Zeller, simply couldn't match the Warriors down the stretch. It especially missed Taylor's top-tier scoring.
Who will win the Summer League title?
Troy Daniels and Brandon Triche each scored 13 points for the Bobcats, with Daniels grabbing seven boards and Triche five. Deron Washington added 12 and Jerome Dyson picked up 10 of his own, but Charlotte shot a mere 35.1 percent from the field.
Golden State and Phoenix will battle for the summer league title on Monday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET.