NBA G League Showcase 2022 Results: Top Scores, Highlights and Stats from Monday

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 20, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Devin Cannady #31 of the South Bay Lakers shoots a three point basket during the game against the Maine Celtics during the 2022-23 G League Winter Showcase on December 19, 2022 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 2022 NBAE (Photo by David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Less than a week remains until the NBA celebrates Christmas, one of the biggest days on its calendar. In the meantime, the NBA G League's 2022 Winter Showcase tipped off Monday in Las Vegas.

The four-day event includes the Showcase Cup, which pits eight of the G League's best teams against one another for a $100,000 prize.

The four quarterfinal contests were spread across Monday night.

Showcase Cup Results

No. 8 Maine Celtics 112, No. 1 South Bay Lakers 106

No. 7 Windy City Bulls 102, No. 2 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 96

No. 4 Ontario Clippers 121, No. 5 Iowa Wolves 95

No. 6 Cleveland Charge 120, No. 3 College Park Skyhawks 104

Monday Recap

Denzel Valentine led the way for the Maine Celtics as they took down the top-seeded South Bay Lakers 112-106.

Valentine posted a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and one steal. He took over in the fourth quarter, hitting three straight three-pointers as the Celtics outpaced the Lakers 27-20 to hit the 111 points necessary to win under the Elam Ending rule.

Mfiondu Kabengele cleaned up a miss by Kamar Baldwin for the decisive bucket.

South Bay didn't have much of an answer for Kabengele, who posted a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds) and missed just three of his 11 shot attempts.

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Starting the Showcase off with a BANG 💥 <a href="https://t.co/303GbvuXwJ">pic.twitter.com/303GbvuXwJ</a>

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Kabengele is a beast!! 😤 <a href="https://twitter.com/MaineCeltics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MaineCeltics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATTWinterShowcase?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATTWinterShowcase</a> <a href="https://t.co/l9BXSsN5oD">pic.twitter.com/l9BXSsN5oD</a>

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Mfiondu Kabengele CAUGHT A BODY!! 🤯🤯 <a href="https://twitter.com/MaineCeltics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MaineCeltics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATTWinterShowcase?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATTWinterShowcase</a> <a href="https://t.co/vs52a6eC5O">pic.twitter.com/vs52a6eC5O</a>

The Lakers had to dig out of a deep hole after allowing 40 points in the first quarter. They clawed their way back in the third and took an 86-85 lead into the final frame. Miles Simon's squad ran out of steam in the fourth as Valentine's hot shooting turned the tide.

Bryce Hamilton (19 points) and LJ Figueroa (18 points) were the leading scorers for South Bay, while Shaquille Harrison's 10 assists were nearly half of his team's overall total (24).

Windy City was led by a balanced offensive night, with seven players contributing double-digit points, led by Malcolm Hill's 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ethan Thompson added 15 points off the bench, while Trevor Hudgins (27 points) and Louis King (21 points) had big nights for Rio Grande in the loss.

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Malcolm Hill ends it!! 💦<br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/windycitybulls?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WindyCityBulls</a> secure the upset win over No. 2 Rio Grande Valley Vipers at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATTWinterShowcase?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATTWinterShowcase</a>!! <a href="https://t.co/sX7o4yVCTN">pic.twitter.com/sX7o4yVCTN</a>

Ontario was paced by a huge night from both Brandon Boston Jr. and Nate Darling, with the pair scoring 33 points apiece in the team's 121-95 blowout win over Iowa.

Javonte Cook led the way for Wolves with 20 points, while PJ Dozier (19 points, 13 boards) and D.J. Carton (12 points, 13 assists) each went for double-doubles.