At the beginning of tournament play, it didn't seem likely for the No. 8 Sacramento Kings to face the No. 14 Houston Rockets in the 2014 NBA Summer League championship, but that's exactly how it played out.
These two teams showcased a bevy of young talent in a highly contested game, ending in a 77-68 Kings comeback victory.
Here's a look at the team hoisting the Summer League trophy, via the Kings' official Twitter account:
Sacramento put up 27 points in the fourth quarter to notch the win, and Ray McCallum Jr.'s efforts like this were a big reason why:
Just as he's been doing since he arrived in Las Vegas, McCallum, a second-year point guard, stole the show, as he put his team on his back and carried it to victory.
McCallum was a one-man wrecking crew for Sacramento, dropping 29 points and adding nine rebounds while netting nine of 15 attempts from the floor and going 3-of-7 from downtown.
That effort from McCallum earned him the game's MVP honors, according to Zach Harper of CBS Sports:
The Kings dominated the boards, outrebounding the Rockets 46-39 due to the efforts of McCallum, Eric Moreland and Quincy Acy, who combined for 27 boards.
Moreland's presence on the interior was felt by Isaiah Canaan after this huge swat:
Nik Stauskas didn't play a standout role on Monday, but his numbers were very solid. He finished with 10 points and four rebounds while going 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from downtown.
The only other player to reach double-digit points for Sacramento was Ra'shad James, who had a nice 12-point effort from the bench.
Ben McLemore didn't exactly have a stellar day, hitting just four of 13 attempts from the field for nine points; however, he did flash his skills during this nice drive to the rim:
Despite taking the loss, there was plenty to like from the Rockets.
Nick Johnson led the way with 17 points—including this nice reverse slam—and added six rebounds:
Donatas Motiejunas was a big threat inside, collecting six boards and 16 points. Cannan rounded out the big scorers for the team with a 15-point effort that included four rebounds and six assists.
We already knew Canaan could shoot coming into the game, but he continued to showcase his well-rounded skill set:
Tarik Black only recorded six points for the Rockets on Monday, but he was also the only member of the team to record double-digit rebounds with 10.
Many of these young players showed plenty of moxie over the course of the tournament and will earn the chance to log plenty of on-court minutes for their respective teams in the upcoming NBA season.
Although, until more workouts begin during the course of the summer, it will be McCallum and the Kings reveling in a great performance from Las Vegas.