LiAngelo Ball Scores 8 points as Hornets Lose to Raptors in NBA Summer League Action

Blake SchusterContributor IAugust 15, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 14: LiAngelo Ball #8 of Charlotte Hornets dribbles the ball against the Toronto Raptors during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League on August 14, 2021 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LiAngelo Ball's quest to earn a spot on the Charlotte Hornets alongside his brother LaMelo continued with an eight-point effort off the bench on Saturday as the Toronto Raptors picked up an 80-79 victory at the Las Vegas Summer League. 

Ball went 3-of-8 from the field with two three-pointers, one steal and one rebound in 17 minutes as the Hornets dropped their fourth straight exhibition contest.


🗣 "Rise and fire!"<br><br>LiAngelo Ball drains the deep triple 🎯<br><br>Fourth-quarter <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBASummer?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBASummer</a> action 🔜 on NBA TV! <a href="https://t.co/hpN6QFVVDC">pic.twitter.com/hpN6QFVVDC</a>

Charlotte Hornets @hornets

STRONG finish by <a href="https://twitter.com/LiAngeloBall?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LiAngeloBall</a>! 😤 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllFly?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AllFly</a> <a href="https://t.co/9hdmzMCRrW">pic.twitter.com/9hdmzMCRrW</a>

It's the second straight contest Ball finished with eight points after he scored 16 on 10 field goal attempts in his Summer League debut. Yet the 22-year-old more than held his own against a large Raptors lineup featuring No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes, who finished with a game-high 23-points, five rebounds and four assists. 


Scottie Barnes finishes the breakaway jam to tie it up with 20 seconds to go on NBA TV! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBASummer?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBASummer</a> <a href="https://t.co/pZlNp4zBYl">pic.twitter.com/pZlNp4zBYl</a>

Toronto Raptors @Raptors

Scottie hoopin'<br><br>21 Pts | 5 Reb | 3 Ast <a href="https://t.co/GcCDKTpMk1">pic.twitter.com/GcCDKTpMk1</a>

Barnes played 30 minutes and got a bit more run with his frontcourt mate in Precious Achiuwa, who came over from the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade for Kyle Lowry. 

Achiuwa went 8-of-14 from the field with 18 points and six boards in the win. But it was Barnes who notched a huge dunk with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the game at 79. Dalano Banton (seven points) would go onto seal the win two seconds later by stealing the inbounds pass and immediately drawing a foul. After missing the first free throw, the point guard drained his second to help secure the win.