The Portland Trail Blazers haven't won an NBA title since 1977, but they can celebrate their second Las Vegas Summer League title in five years after an 85-77 win over the New York Knicks.
Brandon Williams scored 22 points to lead his team in the championship game Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center, while Trendon Watford had 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Fans reacted to the team's performance in Vegas:
Bobby Gerould @BobbyGerould
Congratulations to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Blazers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Blazers</a> on the Summer title. They did it with versatile forwards, a good point guard and solid pieces. <a href="https://t.co/S8gBTMmcrs">pic.twitter.com/S8gBTMmcrs</a>
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The Blazers just beat the Knicks in the summer league championship game. Portland defense hounded Quentin Grimes all game. Grimes finished with 19 points on 5-16 shooting.<br><br>Tremendous, encouraging summer league from Grimes as a scorer & passer. Looked like way more than 3&D.
Watford especially played well for the Blazers and showed he can be a key part of the roster next season.
Trendon Watford is the 2022 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBA2K23SummerLeague?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBA2K23SummerLeague</a> Championship Game MVP!<br><br>Congrats <a href="https://twitter.com/trendonw?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@trendonw</a>! <a href="https://t.co/PPkq9MWCYy">pic.twitter.com/PPkq9MWCYy</a>
It was a disappointing loss for the Knicks, although Quentin Grimes scored 19 points while Miles McBride added 17.
Jericho Sims also turned heads with his athleticism:
Logan Reever @loganreever
Welcome to your poster, Luke Garza 😳<br><br>Jericho Sims throwing it down here in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SummerLeague?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SummerLeague</a> Championship <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Knicks?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Knicks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Blazers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Blazers</a> <a href="https://t.co/H7hVpF0acp">pic.twitter.com/H7hVpF0acp</a>
Players on both teams can still be fueled by a successful run at summer league, which could help lead to a big 2022-23 season.