Sacramento Summer League 2019: Zach Norvell Jr. Shines as Lakers Beat Warriors

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers forward Devontae Cacok dunks as Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman watches during the first half of an NBA basketball summer league game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

The NBA summer league's California Classic returned for a second day at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

Tuesday night's first matchup featured the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors with one team showing improvement after getting blown out Monday and the other continuing to slump.

The Miami Heat then took on the hometown Sacramento Kings in the nightcap immediately following the first game's end.

Below is an overview of the summer league action from Sacramento on Tuesday night.

     

Tuesday Results

Los Angeles Lakers def. Golden State Warriors, 100-90

Miami Heat def. Sacramento Kings, 89-88

     

Wednesday Schedule

Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors, 3 p.m. ET on NBATV

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings, 5 p.m. ET on NBATV

View the full NBA summer league schedule at NBA.com.

     

Recaps

Heat 89, Kings 88

Miami fell behind by double digits throughout the second and third quarters but gritted out a close win behind a game-high 27 points from guard Kendrick Nunn. 

Nunn—like the rest of the team—recovered after a rocky start, committing three fouls in the game's first four minutes and 15 seconds. The 23-year-old finished with six personal fouls, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Nunn spent last season with the Warriors' G League affiliate—averaging 19.3 points in 49 games—after going undrafted out of Oakland University in 2018.

Yante Maten followed Nunn in the box score with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Tyler Herro, the Heat's 13th overall pick this year, did not play Tuesday night after leading the team with 18 points (5-of-10 shooting from three) Monday night.

Sacramento was led by Hollis Thompson's 18 points. The 28-year-old forward has six seasons of NBA play under his belt but last played in the NBA with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2017.

Undrafted rookie Kings guard Bryce Brown made his debut with the Kings Tuesday night with eight points off the bench on two-of-three shooting from three-point range.

"I watched 60 guys' names get called, and my name wasn't one of them," the Auburn product told NBA.com's Mark Nelson Monday, adding, "I've actually gotten a little hungrier. ... That's a huge motivation, or a huge chip going into Summer League."

One of the names that did get called was Kyle Guy, whom the Kings acquired after the New York Knicks drafted him at No. 55. The rookie guard scored 13 points—nine of those off of three-pointers—while adding four rebounds and three assists.

Both teams left the court banged up. Charles Cooke left the game prematurely for Miami with a concussion, and the team announced he is in the NBA concussion protocol. Meanwhile, Kings forward Caleb Swanigan left the game due to a right quad contusion.

The Kings will finish their stay in Sacramento on Wednesday against the Lakers followed by the Heat taking on the Warriors before starting the Las Vegas Summer League.

Lakers 100, Warriors 90

The Lakers bounced back strong from their 106-79 loss to Miami on Monday by gritting out a win over the Warriors behind superior bench play.

Golden State built a quick 17-7 lead to start the game, but L.A. pushed back. Devontae Cacok entered the game with L.A. down 17-8 and immediately contributed an offensive rebound and subsequent layup. All in all, the rookie undrafted center tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, two assists and two blocks.

The UNC-Wilmington product is signed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Lakers, according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

Lakers guard Marcus Allen also impressed off the bench—changing the pace of the game and applying full-court pressure. The 24-year-old, who played 43 games with the South Bay Lakers in the G League last season, contributed 10 points, three assists and a block in 15 minutes.

Overall, the Lakers' bench outscored the Warriors' 52-30.

The Warriors' best bench player was Alen Smailagic with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

As far as starters go, Lakers undrafted rookie guard Zach Norvell Jr. put together a solid two-way performance for a second straight game. The Gonzaga product, signed to a two-way, scored a game-high 20 points paired with five rebounds, an assist and a steal on 70 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from three.

Golden State's starting five was headlined by Eric Paschall, selected No. 41 by the Warriors out of Villanova in this year's draft. The forward improved upon his four points Monday night with a team-high 18 points Tuesday.

The Lakers' lone 2019 draft pick, Talen Horton-Tucker, whom the Orlando Magic drafted at No. 46 before trading him to L.A., has yet to make his summer league debut.

The Lakers will finish their stay in Sacramento on Wednesday against the Kings followed by the Warriors taking on the Heat before starting the Las Vegas Summer League.

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