What Happens in Vegas...Is on HoopsTV: Summer League Day Seven
Just two days ago, Golden State's Anthony Randolph tied the NBA Summer League scoring record with a 42 point outburst. Yesterday on Day 7 of the 2009 NBA Summer League , Randolph's teammate Anthony Morrow tore up that record by hanging 47 points on the Hornets. Morrow shot 18-for-26 from the field, including 7-for-9 from 3-land in what can only be described as a filthy display of pure shooting skills. In other news, Blake Griffin clearly won his much hyped match up with Hasheem Thabeet, Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozan (pictured above) had a smooth night and former Kentucky scoring machine Jodie Meeks finally got unleashed. HoopsTV's James Kaikis has those stories and all the rest of the details from Day 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Here's some notes from Day 7 of the NBA Summer League :
Morrow Drops Record 47 points:
On Tuesday, Anthony Randolph tied the summer league record with 42 points. Two days later, teammate Anthony Morrow broke the record with an impressive 47 points. In a postgame interview Randolph told Hoops TV. "When he had 17 in the first 5 minutes, I told him you better break that [record] and score 48 or 50." Morrow did just that in an absolutely brilliant performance. As the record drew closer, fans and players of both teams were cheering for Morrow to get the ball. "I definitely heard them [the fans]." Morrow said. "Coming out here and giving the fans a show is a real blessing to me." Morrow finished 18 of 26 from the field including 7 of 9 from three-point land.
Douby's Game Winner Gives Bucks 1st Loss:
Quincy Douby led the Raptors in another close one again in Thursday's opening game. Douby scored 17 points off the bench, but none more critical than the desperation shot with 1.3 seconds remaining. "I just shot it with confidence", Douby said of his late game heroics. Jodie Meeks led all scores with 29 including three three-pointers in a row and a late three-pointer that gave the Bucks the lead with 15.1 seconds left. "I just tried to tell myself to keep going and play solid." Meeks said of his performance. Despite the loss, the Bucks played very well, especially Joe Alexander, who continually made open shots and drove to the basket. This game was full of nifty passes and high-flying dunks. Jennings wowed the crowd on numerous occasions, especially with an under-the-leg pass to a trailing Joe Alexander and DeMar DeRozan had a monstrous put-back jam that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Rockets finish 5-0; Dorsey Ties Record:
The Houston Rockets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 92-77 to finish 5-0. In the first half, neither team could buy a basket from the paint but the second half turned into a much different game. Chase Budinger led the Rockets charge and finished the game with 25 points. The Rockets Joey Dorsey was unstoppable on the glass throughout the game; Dorsey tied the Summer League Record with 20 rebounds. In a losing effort, center Chinemelu Elonu led the Lakers with 16 points and 8 rebounds while forward Ben McCauley scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in only 17 minutes of play.
Golden Boy Continues To Struggle:
No. 7 draft pick Steph Curry again could not find his shot, going 4-10, and then he sat 10 of the final 12 minutes of the fourth quarter as the Warriors went on a run to win the game. Curry was seen after the game getting some advice from all-star point guard Chris Paul. "He was just encouraging us to keep doing what we're doing," Curry said of Paul. The Warriors finished the summer league with a 4-1 record and were worth the price of admission with their spectacular play.
Blair Revenge Project:
"They had a chance to pick me that's all I can say." Blair said in his postgame interview with Hoops TV. It is obvious that Blair is out to prove the rest of the league that he belongs. Blair, the 37th pick of the NBA Draft, again played well despite all the criticism that a 6-7 power forward can't make it in the NBA. Blair told Hoops TV "he is just going out there to play, win, and learn." Blair finished the contest against the Thunder with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Blair's presence was felt on both ends of the court, as he hustled on offense and defense. In the Spurs win, George Hill and Malik Hairston added 20 and 16 points, respectfully.
Griffin Posts Another Double-Double:
With a star studded audience that included players such as Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, and Chris Paul to name a few, the battle of 2009 overall No. 1 selection Blake Griffin and No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet turned into anything but a battle. Griffin was simply dominant. Griffin scored a team high 18 points and grabbed a game high 15 rebounds to go along with 5 assists. The No. 1 pick showed why he was the top player chosen by showcasing his stunning post moves and a couple of vicious dunks in the first half. One unidentified player, provided some comic relief when he loudly jeered Thabeet as the rookie was on the foul line, by singing-out loudly, "U-G-L-Y, you don't got no alibi you ugly! Ya, ya, you ugly. Welcome to the NBA Hasheem!!" Ugly is a fairly accurate description of Thabeet's performance against the Clippers. The No. 2 pick looked lost and was out muscled on the court for most of the game, scoring only 7 points and grabbing 3 rebounds.
Thursday finals from Las Vegas:
Toronto 84, Milwaukee 83: Milwaukee rookie Jodie Meeks scored 29 on 12-23 (4-8 from 3) shooting in the Bucks first loss.
Houston 92, L.A. Lakers 77: Houston's Joey Dorsey put up a double-double (11 points & 20 rips), while teammate Chase Budinger scored 25.
Golden State 104, New Orleans 84: Morrow breaks the NBASL scoring record with a 47 spot. He hit on 18-26 shots. With that kind of hot hand, hopefully Morrow headed straight to the tables at the Palms after the game.
San Antonio 85, Oklahoma City 76: G-Hill had 20 & 9 dimes for the Spurs.
Cleveland 75, Dallas 62: Tarence Kinsey hit for 20 on 16-18 shooting from the charity stripe. The Mavs are now 0-4.
Memphis 85, L.A. Clippers 68: Marcus Williams continues to turn heads—22 points and 5 assists.
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