Las Vegas caught its first glimpse of NBA Summer League action during a six-game slate on Friday featuring the first professional clash of Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
That contest, along with the five others, were only the first of 67 games that will take place over the duration of this offseason tournament involving rookies and veterans from 24 different NBA squads.
Sixteen teams were back at it on Saturday, as the future of the Association took center stage once more to participate in some enthralling offseason action.
Here's a recap of the day's games, along with highlights and updated Summer League standings.
Day 2 Results
|Matchup||Final Score||Top Scorer|
|Trail Blazers vs. Knicks||NYK 71, POR 69||Tim Hardaway Jr., 20 points|
|Hawks vs. Wizards||WAS 90, ATL 74||Otto Porter, 25 points|
|Raptors vs. Nuggets||DEN 104, TOR 83||Gary Harris, 30 points|
|Mavericks vs. Timberwolves||DAL 93, MIN 85||Shabazz Muhammad, 27 points|
|Suns vs. Warriors||GSW 74, PHX 72||Justin Holiday, 29 points|
|Bulls vs. Clippers||CHI 86, LAC 70||Tony Snell, 27 points|
|Rockets vs. Heat||MIA 92, HOU 81||Justin Hamilton, 21 points|
|Jazz vs. 76ers||PHI 74, UTA 70||Jordan McRae and Sean Kilpatrick, 20 points|
Las Vegas Summer League Standings
|Golden State Warriors||2-0|
|Los Angeles Clippers||0-1|
|Los Angeles Lakers||0-1|
|NBA D-League Select||0-1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||1-0|
|New York Knicks||2-0|
|Portland Trail Blazers||0-1|
|San Antonio Spurs||1-0|
Philadelphia 74, Utah Jazz 70
The 76ers notched the victory in this summer league contest, but it was the Jazz's Dante Exum that took over the highlight reel with a very encouraging debut performance.
Exum announced his arrival to the NBA in style, scoring his first points with an alley-oop dunk, courtesy of a fine pass from incumbent point guard Trey Burke:
Maybe these two can play together in the Jazz's backcourt.
Exum finished with just 10 points, three rebounds and three assists, but he was all over that first quarter. Check out this sizzling pass to a cutting Marcus Thomas for the quick assist:
Thomas finished the game with a team-high 13 points, while Burke contributed 11 points and four assists on the evening.
Exum's play fizzled out as the game wore on, but he did pop up for an excellent baseline drive in the third quarter, flashing his coordination and athleticism:
Jordan McRae and Sean Kilpatrick led the way for the 76ers, scoring 20 points apiece on a combined 11-of-28 shooting. McRae got 10 of those 20 points at the foul line, proving himself as a terror driving into the lane. Here is a flash of his awesome power and leaping ability from the third quarter:
No other Sixer scored in double figures in this low-scoring affair.
The 76ers acquired McRae in trade with the San Antonio Spurs at the 2014 NBA draft. Kilpatrick is an undrafted player with a strong physical presence. He has a good chance of playing his way onto a young, struggling 76ers squad that will look to flesh out the roster with the best talent available.
Miami Heat 92, Houston Rockets 81
Both teams featured very well-balanced attacks in this one, but the Heat built up a a commanding lead over the first three quarters that was too much for the Rockets to overcome.
Justin Hamilton led the way for the Heat with 21 points, seven rebounds and five blocks on the evening.
Three other Heat players scored in double figures, including Shabazz Napier, who put up 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. The former UConn Huskie struggled holding onto the ball all evening, committing five turnovers in just over 27 minutes of play.
Langston Hall didn't score a single point for the Heat, but he did get onto the highlight reel with this stunning three-quarter-court pass to James Ennis in the second quarter:
Ennis also found another opportunity to show off his hops with this strong finish in the third quarter:
Tyler Honeycutt made a big impact off the bench for Miami, pouring in 16 points and showing off a real nose for the ball with this putback slam:
Honeycutt is looking to latch onto the Heat after spending two seasons at the end of the Sacramento Kings' bench.
The Rockets spread the ball around, with five players scoring in double figures on the evening. Isaiah Canaan finished with a team-high 18 points, while former Arizona star Nick Johnson popped up for 11 points and six assists.
Canaan was on the Rockets roster during the 2013-14 season, but featured in just 22 games on the year. He will be looking to build upon these strong summer league performances.
Chicago Bulls 86, Los Angeles Clippers 70
The baby Bulls had no problem fending off the Los Angeles Clippers in this one, outscoring their opponents in every single quarter en route to a comfortable 16-point victory.
Tony Snell led all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including an astonishing 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. He showed with this second-quarter dunk that he is capable of scoring in a variety of ways:
The Clippers roster didn't feature a single player who suited up for the team in 2013-14. The anonymous gang was led by slick-passing forward Lorenzo Brown, who finished with 17 points and eight assists on the evening.
Center Amath M'Baye was the recipient of many of Brown's better feeds, as he finished with a strong 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.
The Clippers' Shawn Jones only scored eight points off the bench, but he made sure two of them counted with this strong one-handed jam:
Doug McDermott, whom the Bulls acquired in a draft-day trade with the Denver Nuggets, had a quiet night with just 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting. He did hit a corner trey for his first NBA basket, something that Bulls fans will hope becomes a common sight at the United Center:
The Bulls seemed locked in from the opening tip-off and arguably had a more talented roster with the likes of McDermott, Snell and Cameron Bairstow in the fold. Lance Thomas showed how the Bulls continually outclassed the Clippers with this nifty pump-fake and drive:
Golden State Warriors 74, Phoenix Suns 72
The Warriors eked out a victory over the Suns in a game characterized by tantalizing athleticism and (unfortunately) poor shooting.
Both teams started off slowly, netting just 18 points apiece in the first quarter. The Warriors' Justin Holiday had no trouble scoring from the outset, using his speed and athleticism to rack up 29 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs. He showed off his athleticism with this excellent put-back dunk in the second quarter:
James McAdoo—an undrafted player and distant relative of the legendary Bob McAdoo—had a very poor performance, putting up just six points on 3-of-11 shooting. He did make sure Holiday's put-back dunk was an owed favor with this nifty rebound and slam in the first quarter:
The Suns were led by No. 14 overall pick T.J. Warren and shooting guard Archie Goodwin; the duo scored 22 and 17 points, respectively.
Both players were instrumental in the Suns 27-point third quarter, which kept this game from becoming a predictable affair after the Warriors pulled away just before the half. They went a combined 16-for-26 over the course of the game.
It's a good start for Warren, as teams questioned his ability to score in the NBA with his unorthodox offensive game.
The Suns' Alex Len didn't have a particularly dazzling performance, notching just six points and six boards. However, he showed some tenacity with two consecutive blocks in the first quarter:
Orlando Johnson finished second on the Warriors with 10 points, but committed five turnovers on the evening. Johnson is looking to hang on with Golden State after stints with the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings over the past three seasons in the NBA.
Dallas Mavericks 93, Minnesota Timberwolves 85
Both of these teams received some nice production across the board on Saturday night, but it was Dallas' shooting that earned it the victory.
Both Bernard James and Ricky Ledo put up 21 points for the Mavericks in completely different ways. While James dominated in the paint and free-throw line, Ledo bucketed five of his eight attempts from downtown.
Despite the stellar play from these two, Eric Griffin stole the show off the bench.
Griffin finished the game with 17 points on six-of-eight shooting and was an absolute highlight machine.
Here's a look at a picture-perfect buzzer-beater from three-point range:
Earlier in the game, Griffin's steal led to this impressive reverse windmill slam:
Even though the Timberwolves couldn't come away with a win, the team found some nice production from Shabazz Muhammad.
Collecting a game-high 27 points and adding 11 rebounds for one the contest's two double-double performances, Muhammad showed a great deal of range on Saturday.
Here's a look at a great jam in transition off a feed from Zach LaVine:
Speaking of LaVine, the first-round selection showed some promise on Saturday with 13 points and showed his great athleticism with this alley-oop from Alexey Shved:
Glenn Robinson III didn't take many shots against Dallas, but hit two of his five for seven points, while Gorgui Dieng finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Denver Nuggets 104, Toronto Raptors 83
It was all offense for the Nuggets in their Saturday onslaught.
Led by Gary Harris, Denver lit up the scoreboard early and often, posting 32 points in the first quarter en route to 104 for the game.
Harris was on point against Toronto, bucketing 10 of his 17 attempts from the field—including hitting five of 10 from downtown—for a game-high 30 points.
Not only was Harris contributing as a shooter, but he had this nice dish to Denzel Bowles as well:
Quincy Miller put up some gaudy numbers for the Nuggets as well. He connected on an impressive four of five attempts from behind the arc to total 23 points. Stout on defense as well, Miller also made this nice block on a layup attempt:
Dwight Buycks scored a team-high 21 points for Toronto on Saturday, connecting on five of his 11 attempts from the floor, both of his three-pointers and nine of 10 attempts from the line.
Rookie Bruno Caboclo hit just three of 10 shots from the floor for 11 points; although, he did show some nice ups on this alley-oop:
DeAndre Daniels showed some versatility from the floor, connecting on five of his 10 attempts, as well as two of five from downtown, for 12 points on the day.
Washington Wizards 90, Atlanta Hawks 74
While the first game of the day came down to the wire, the second was an absolute drubbing.
Aside from a lackluster 12-point second quarter, the Wizards absolutely lit up the scoreboard against the Hawks on Saturday.
Washington got the most out of Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr., as the two-man show totaled 47 of the team's 90 points. However, it wasn't just that duo going off for the Wizards.
Daniel Orton and Daniel Theis got things going early for Washington with this great pass to the baseline for the easy score:
Later in the game, Khem Birch took a nice feed to throw down a two-handed jam for two of his eight points on the day:
Atlanta got some nice production from Adreian Payne on the day, as he totaled a team-high 12 points and seven boards. Although he struggled from the field, connecting on just five of his 15 attempts.
Mike Muscala and Lamar Patterson were the other Hawks who finished with double-digit points, tallying 11 and 10, respectively.
Dennis Schroder came away with the team's big highlight, knocking down a nice two-pointer after a solid pump fake:
John Jenkins rounded out the Hawks' starting five but had little impact, finishing with two points, two rebounds and two assists.
New York Knicks 71, Portland Trail Blazers 69
The Knicks became the first team in the tournament to accumulate a 2-0 record after a 71-69 comeback victory against the Trail Blazers to kick off Saturday's action.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was the game's leading scorer, racking up 20 points; however, it was Shannon Brown who made the highlight reel with this slam early in the game:
Brown wasn't done there, taking this nice give-and-go from Jeremy Tyler to the hoop:
Even though Thanasis Antetokounmpo only recorded four points for the Knicks on Saturday, he contributed in other aspects of the game, racking up three rebounds and two assists.
Here's a look at a play that made up the majority of his stat line:
As for the Trail Blazers, the team got some great performances out of three players.
Thomas Robinson led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds, Will Barton collected seven boards of his own while netting 11 points and C.J. McCollum recorded 16 points despite struggling a bit from the field.