The 2014 Orlando Summer League schedule wrapped up almost as soon as it began. The week-long event has showcased some of the top draft picks from June and young stars fighting to have their big breakthrough, but it all came to an end on Friday with five games.
Even though the games don't count in the standings or mean much when forecasting what will happen in the regular season, they are worth paying close attention to since these are the players teams are looking to build their future around.
We've got a full breakdown of Friday's action, complete with highlights from the games and a look at the top player performances.
|Orlando def. Detroit, 96-87||Victor Oladipo, 22 points|
|Indiana def. Indiana, 95-86||Marcus Smart and Donald Sloan, 20 points|
|Philadelphia def. Memphis, 91-75||Hollis Thompson, 21 points|
|Oklahoma City def. Miami, 103-98||Andre Dawkins, 27 points|
|Houston def. Brooklyn, 101-75||Jermaine Marshall, 21 points|
Results will be updated when games are completed.
Houston Defeats Brooklyn, 101-75
In the final game on the Orlando Summer League schedule, the Houston Rockets destroyed the Brooklyn Nets to get their first win behind Jermaine Marshall, who scored a season-high 21 points.
Not to be outdone, 2014 second-round pick Nick Johnson continued his dazzling summer with a triple-double that included 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had the best highlight of the day and one of the top moments of the week with this 360 fastbreak dunk.
This was a bad day for the Nets, who shot just 38.8 percent from the field and 29 percent from three-point range. Cory Jefferson was one of the few bright spots with 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Nets as a team had just three players score in double figures. DaJuan Summers' hot-and-cold summer ended on a high note with 14 points in just over 18 minutes.
Brooklyn ended the Orlando Summer League season with a 1-4 record with the lone win coming on the first day of games against Indiana.
Oklahoma City Defeats Miami, 103-98
It's safe to say the most important thing on the Heat's mind Friday wasn't the team's final game in the Summer League, but that doesn't mean the team couldn't take solace in watching young players like Andre Dawkins and Justin Hamilton light up the court.
Dawkins, who went undrafted out of Duke this year, had by far his best game of the summer. The 22-year-old guard scored a game-high 27 points off the bench. Hamilton was a monster in the middle with 20 points on a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, and seven rebounds.
Tyler Johnson also provided one of the highlights for Miami, showing incredible leaping ability and hang time to block a shot from Oklahoma City's Marcus Lewis.
On the negative side, Shabazz Napier had just three points and seven assists in 28 minutes. The Connecticut standout has struggled shooting all summer, hitting on just 15 of his 55 attempts.
For the Thunder, who finished the summer at a respectable 2-3, there was good news for first-round pick Mitch McGary. The former Michigan star tied his Summer League high with 18 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor.
Third-year forward Perry Jones led the scoring barrage for Oklahoma City with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Philadelphia Defeats Memphis, 91-75
After destroying the Memphis Grizzlies in Friday's finale, the Philadelphia 76ers tied the Indiana Pacers for the best record in the Orlando Summer League at 4-1.
The 76ers weren't always on cruise control. The Grizzlies took a seven-point lead into halftime after outscoring Philadelphia 27-14 in the second quarter. Coming out of the break, Brett Brown's group went on a 26-10 run and never looked back.
Leading the way for Philadelphia was Hollis Thompson, who scored a game-high 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting, while also grabbing six rebounds and adding three assists.
The highlight of Philadelphia's win came courtesy of JaKarr Sampson, with a nice assist from Casper Ware that put the 76ers up by 11 in the fourth quarter.
It wasn't all bad news for Memphis. Deon Thompson scored 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting, while 2014 first-round pick Jordan Adams continued his hot streak with 11 points, five assists and three rebounds.
Given all the problems Memphis had scoring last year, Adams figures to play a big role for the club in 2014-15. He's got a long way to go before cracking the starting five, but has shown a good shooting touch to contribute off the bench right away.
Indiana Defeats Boston, 95-86
The Indiana Pacers ended their summer in stellar fashion, compiling a 4-1 record following their victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday.
It was a close game until late in the fourth quarter. The Celtics cut the lead to five at the end of the third quarter and got to within one midway through the final period, but the Pacers pulled away thanks to the stellar efforts of Donald Sloan and DeQuan Jones.
Jones provided one of the early highlights with an excellent drive and dunk following an assist from Sloan.
For the Celtics, their summer season ends on a disappointing note after winning three of their first four games. It was also a rough day for first-round pick Marcus Smart, who continues to struggle shooting the ball. He went just 6-for-18 with 20 points, though 4-for-9 from three-point range is encouraging.
Orlando Defeats Detroit 96-87
The Orlando Magic used a balanced offensive attack to take down the Detroit Pistons in the first game on Friday. Five Magic players hit double figures in points, including second-year standout Victor Oladipo (22) and 2014 first-round picks Elfrid Payton (18) and Aaron Gordon (12).
Gordon's performance, in particular, was notable because it was arguably his best game of the summer season. He set a new benchmark for points scored, shot a respectable 44 percent from the floor and grabbed five rebounds.
Payton and Gordon also connected for one of the game's top highlights, with the point guard lobbing a pass to the forward for a big dunk early in the second quarter:
Payton would also make a key play late in the fourth quarter, stealing the ball and setting up Oladipo for the exclamation-point dunk:
Even Orlando's Twitter account had to make special mention of the play:
On the losing end, there were some good takeaways for the Pistons. DeAndre Liggins led the team with 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He also had seven assists and three rebounds in defeat.
Justin Harper, who spent last season playing in Israel, kept his hot streak going. Two days after going 7-for-7 with 19 points against Miami, the Richmond product had 16 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.
The win moved Orlando's record to 3-2, while the Pistons ended their summer schedule with the same mark.
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