NBA Summer League 2018: Friday Scores, Highlights and Las Vegas Highlights

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2018

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Play at the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League continued Friday with eight consolation games as 16 teams bid farewell to Sin City following early exits in the single-elimination portion of the proceedings.

Play in the championship bracket will resume Saturday with six games as 12 teams vie for spots in the quarterfinals. The top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers and No. 2 Portland Trail Blazers have already punched their tickets to the final eight. 

Here's a look at how things shook out on Friday. 


Friday's Schedule and Results

Indiana Pacers def. Brooklyn Nets, 116-79

New York Knicks def. New Orleans Pelicans, 102-83

Dallas Mavericks def. Washington Wizards, 96-92

Phoenix Suns def. San Antonio Spurs, 90-55

Minnesota Timberwolves def. Denver Nuggets, 83-71

Oklahoma City Thunder def. Orlando Magic, 87-85

Sacramento Kings def. Golden State Warriors, 69-67

Atlanta Hawks def. Los Angeles Clippers, 97-81



Indiana Pacers 116, Brooklyn Nets 79

The Indiana Pacers were without Aaron Holiday (thigh contusion) and T.J. Leaf (sore left knee), but they still managed to throttle the Brooklyn Nets behind 22 points from C.J. Wilcox and 21 from Georgetown product Henry Sims

Thanks in part to those two, the Pacers shot an efficient 48.8 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. 

That wasn't the case for the Nets, who found twine on just 40.8 percent of their field-goal attempts and finished with more turnovers (19) than assists (18). 


New York Knicks 102, New Orleans Pelicans 83

No Kevin Knox, no problem for the New York Knicks. 

While the No. 9 pick received the afternoon off to rest, the Knicks thrashed the Pelicans thanks to a team-high 22 points from former Villanova center Daniel Ochefu. 

New York also received 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks from the high-flying Mitchell Robinson. 

Pelicans forward Garlon Green led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from three. 


Dallas Mavericks 96, Washington Wizards 92

The Dallas Mavericks got 21 points apiece from Jalen Jones and Josh Adams to hold off the Washington Wizards in their Summer League finale. 

Kostas Antetokounmpo and Manu Lecomte also got in on the action with matching 10-point efforts. 

First-round pick Troy Brown Jr. led the Wizards with 25 points (10-of-20 shooting), while former Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant chipped in 22 points and seven rebounds. 

Not to be forgotten was Devin Robinson, who accounted for 13 points, 12 boards and one monster transition poster: 

The loss may sting, but that highlight is sure to make the rounds for a while. 


Phoenix Suns 90, San Antonio Spurs 55

Deandre Ayton and Josh Jackson both rested Friday afternoon, but the Phoenix Suns still managed to thrash the San Antonio Spurs following a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. 

Javonte Green paced Phoenix with 20 points, while Alec Peters added 17 fueled by a game-high four conversions from beyond the arc as Mikal Bridges (12 minutes) and Dragan Bender (eight minutes) had their playing time scaled back. 

The Spurs, who were without Lonnie Walker IV because of a sprained ankle, featured a single double-figure scorer (Maverick Roawn, 11 points) in their final Vegas tilt. 


Minnesota Timberwolves 83, Denver Nuggets 71

Sticking with the symmetrical scoring theme, Josh Gray and Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 points apiece as the Timberwolves ran away from the Denver Nuggets. 

Isaiah Cousins (12 points) and Jared Terrell (11 points) rounded out Minnesota's double-figure platoon with Josh Okogie sitting out. 

Kenrich Williams steadied Denver's offense with 17 points (8-of-14 shooting) and seven rebounds, while former North Carolina big man Kennedy Meeks (nine points, 11 rebounds, three assists) flashed an impressive motor in defeat. 


Oklahoma City Thunder 87, Orlando Magic 85

Deonte Burton dropped a team-high 17 points and floated in a game-winner as time expired to hand the Oklahoma City Thunder a thrilling two-point win over the Orlando Magic. 

Burton, who made a name for himself at Iowa State, also tallied eight rebounds, five assists and three steals to cap off a banner evening. 

Not to be overlooked was Terrance Ferguson. In 28 minutes, the second-year swingman recorded 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a pretty backdoor lob smash: 

Hamidou Diallo also got in on the action with 12 points and six boards. 

Rodney Purvis (20 points) did the heavy lifting for Orlando with Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac both out for a second straight game to rest. 


Sacramento Kings 69, Golden State Warriors 67

Anthony Brown scored 17 points, Zach Auguste pitched in 13 and the Sacramento Kings escaped with a narrow two-point win over the Golden State Warriors to finish 2-3 in Las Vegas. 

Cam Reynolds added 12 points to help keep the Kings afloat with Marvin Bagley III, Harry Giles and Justin Jackson all pinned to the bench. 

The Warriors, meanwhile, received a team-high 14 points from Kendrick Nunn and a quality 13-point, seven-rebound outing from center Marcus Derrickson. 


Atlanta Hawks 97, Los Angeles Clippers 81

Junior Robinson led a group of six double-figure scorers to help the Atlanta Hawks overcome the absences of Trae Young, Omari Spellman and John Collins in Friday's finale against the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Robinson, the 2017-18 Northeast Conference Player of the Year, finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting.

While the 5'5'' Robinson held down Atlanta's backcourt, Alpha Kaba anchored the frontcourt with 14 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. 

The Clippers, operating without first-round picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, leaned on Jordan Mathews (18 points) and Jaylen Johnson (15 points) to shoulder the scoring load. 


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