The 2014 NBA Summer League has already proved this year's draft class is one of the deepest and most talented that we've seen in a very long time.
From the early showdown between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker to the recent stellar performances of Rodney Hood and Dante Exum, this year's rookies have been simply lighting it up in Las Vegas.
With six more games on the slate for Tuesday, we can expect to see more fireworks from the players who appear to constitute a very bright future for the Association.
Here's a game-by-game look at the results, scores and highlights from all the Day 5 action.
Day 5 Results
|Trail Blazers vs. Hawks||POR 91, ATL 76||C.J. McCollum, 28 points|
|Bulls vs. Timberwolves||CHI 107, MIN 73||Doug McDermott, 20 points|
|Clippers vs. Rockets||HOU 83, LAC 60||Donatas Motiejunas, 15 points|
|Heat vs. Wizards||WAS 85, MIA 83||Glen Rice Jr., 24 points|
|76ers vs. Suns||8 p.m. ET|
|Jazz vs. Nuggets||8:30 p.m. ET|
|New York Knicks||3||0||9.0||1.000|
|Portland Trail Blazers||2||1||8.0||0.667|
|New Orleans Pelicans||2||1||8.0||0.667|
|Golden State Warriors||2||1||6.0||0.667|
|San Antonio Spurs||2||1||4.0||0.667|
|NBA D-League Select||1||2||5.0||0.333|
|Los Angeles Lakers||1||2||4.5||0.333|
|Los Angeles Clippers||1||2||2.0||0.333|
Recap and Highlights
Washington Wizards 85, Miami Heat 83
Finally some nicely contested action came our way during the fourth game of Day 5.
Washington was up early, leading the Heat 32-14 after the first quarter, but Miami came surging back due to the efforts of James Nunnally and Co. to get within two points by game's end.
The Wizards got off to a hot start due to the sharpshooting Glen Rice Jr.
Rice bucketed 8-of-14 attempts from the floor and 2-of-4 from downtown to end the day with 24 points while adding seven rebounds and four assists.
While Rice lit it up from the outside, Khem Birch was strong underneath, collecting 11 boards and adding seven points of his own.
Otto Porter had a strong performance as well, hitting 7-of-13 attempts from the field for 19 points while grabbing seven boards.
Although, while Washington had the big scorers, Miami had the highlight-reel plays.
Ronald Roberts Jr. only finished the game with four points; however, two of those came from this monstrous follow:
Larry Drew had a similar story, as he only dropped seven points against Washington, but two of those points were extremely fun to watch:
Then we have Shabazz Napier. He scored eight points on the game, but did show some nice skills as a facilitator. Take a look at one of his four assists—this one going to Tyler Honeycutt:
The Heat weren't all about highlights. Nunnally dropped a team-high 22 points, while Tyler Johnson racked up 17 points and added eight boards.
Houston Rockets 83, Los Angeles Clippers 60
At this point, we may start to wonder if we'll see a close game at any point on Day 5 of Summer League action.
Houston finally earned its first win in Las Vegas, and it did so in decisive fashion thanks to the stellar play from Donatas Motiejunas.
The big man came away with a game-high 15 points while shooting 6-of-8 from the field, including 1-of-2 from downtown. Here's a look at a monster dunk from Motiejunas off a nice feed from Isaiah Canaan:
Canaan was one of three Rockets to score double-digit points, as he came away with 13 and included five assists. Also reaching the feat was Andre Dawkins, who recorded 14 points off the bench.
For the Clippers, there wasn't much to write home about. The only player to score double-digit points was Shawn Jones, who put up 10 off the bench.
This certainly wasn't the kind of performance the team expected to see out of players like center Amath M'Baye, who went 0-of-6 from the field and only managed to come down with three boards in just under 21 minutes of play.
Chicago Bulls 107, Minnesota Timberwolves 73
Day 5 of the Summer League continued with yet another dominating performance—this time, the Bulls thrashed the Timberwolves to the tune of a 34-point victory.
Chicago was composed of a well-versed team on Tuesday, with production coming from multiple players, both in the paint and from the perimeter.
Doug McDermott led the way, producing a game-high 20 points—he shot 4-of-7 from downtown—along with five rebounds and six assists. Here's a look at one of his efforts from behind the arc:
David Wear looked good as well, compiling 15 points for the game on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Here's a look at some of his handiwork alongside McDermott:
Lance Thomas and Cameron Bairstow had nice performances in the paint, combining for 24 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Tony Snell and Lazeric Jones combined for 22 points due to some quality perimeter shooting.
We didn't see overwhelming performances from the Timberwolves' best. Zach LaVine accumulated 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, Glenn Robinson III only connected on 2 of 8 shots for four points and Shabazz Muhammad hit just 3-of-15 for 10 points while also committing five fouls.
Minnesota did see some solid play from center Kyrylo Fesenko, who connected on all five of his shots for 13 points on the day.
Portland Trail Blazers 91, Atlanta Hawks 76
Portland completed its drubbing of the Hawks by scoring at least 21 points in each of the game's four quarters.
This scoring bonanza was led by C.J. McCollum, who was absolutely on fire from all over the court on Tuesday. McCollum shot 10-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-9 from three-point range. His game-high 28 points weren't the only way he contributed, though.
Here's a look at McCollum's ability to run the break and facilitate:
That throwdown from Will Barton was good for two of his 17 points on the day. However, Barton came away with one highlight that stole the show. Check out his showmanship with Thomas Robinson:
All was not lost for the Hawks, as several players came away with double-digit points.
Dennis Schroder scored a team-high 16 and contributed in other phases of the game as well. Here's a look at his nice lob to Mike Muscala, who finished with 13 points:
Adreian Payne was in action for the Hawks as well. He came away with 13 points and seven rebounds; however, he also committed seven turnovers and shot just 30.0 percent from the floor.