NBA Summer League 2019: Carsen Edwards, Knicks' RJ Barrett Erupt Saturday

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIIJuly 13, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Carsen Edwards #29 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies on July 13, 2019 at the Thomas & Mack Center 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 2019 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images

Saturday's slate at the 2019 Las Vegas NBA Summer League tournament was split with four quarterfinal games and four consolation games. 

The day's first quarterfinal matchup was a rematch from Thursday night between the undefeated Boston Celtics and 3-1 Memphis Grizzlies, with the Grizzlies trying to avenge their 26-point loss. Later in the day, three rookie first-round draft picks took the floor in the Miami Heat's quarterfinal against the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Along with the Celtics, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons will try to remain undefeated. 

Below is a look at all of action from Saturday at Las Vegas' Cox Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center. 


Saturday's Schedule and Results 


Memphis Grizzlies def. Boston Celtics, 94-88 

New Orleans Pelicans def. Miami Heat, 101-100

Brooklyn Nets def. Detroit Pistons, 105-85

Minnesota Timberwolves def. Dallas Mavericks, 108-82 



Charlotte Hornets def. Utah Jazz, 84-74

New York Knicks def. Washington Wizards, 103-87

Orlando Magic def. Chicago Bulls, 85-73

Houston Rockets def. Denver Nuggets, 105-96



Minnesota Timberwolves 108, Dallas Mavericks 82

The Minnesota Timberwolves seized a 12-0 lead and never trailed. 

With the dominant quarterfinal result, the Timberwolves remained undefeated and ended Dallas' stay in Las Vegas. 

Thirteen different Timberwolves scored in the 26-point victory. Kelan Martin was one of nine Timberwolves to come off the bench but led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 from three. 

Minnesota's leading summer-league scorer entering Saturday was Keita Bates-Diop, but the forward managed just three points. Starters Naz Reid and Mitch Creek each put up 12 points. 

Undrafted rookie Barry Brown Jr. had 14 points from the bench.

Dallas' leading scorer was Antonius Cleveland with 17 points. 

Heading into the next game, the health of Minnesota's Josh Okogie could be something to watch as the team announced he suffered a left shin/ankle contusion in the second half. Okogie has averaged 10.2 points per game in summer league.

Minnesota will meet the Brooklyn Nets in the semifinal Sunday. 


Houston Rockets 105, Denver Nuggets 96

Six of the eight Rockets that played Saturday night scored in double digits to propel Houston to a 105-96 consolation win over the Denver Nuggets. 

Leading the pack was Rockets forward Deng Adel, who scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field (3-of-5 from three).

Chris Clemons, the team's leading scorer in summer league, posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Following the game, the undrafted rookie out of Campbell said on NBATV (h/t Jonathan Feigen) that the teams who didn't draft him "messed up." 

"Clemons has shot well throughout, but he seems to be adjusting to the greater length and athleticism than he faced on drives while playing at Campbell," Feigen added. "Finishing and moving the ball better off the dribble."

Other double-digit scorers included Chris Chiozza (15), Johnathan Williams (14), Rawle Alkins (14) and Shamorie Ponds (13). 

As for the Nuggets, Brandon Goodwin scored a game-high 22 points to go along with six assists, a rebound and a steal. Goodwin was Denver's leading scorer for summer league. 

Behind him in the starting lineup was forward Jarred Vanderbilt with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Off the bench, Jordan Davis scored 17 points. 

The Nuggets leave Las Vegas at 1-3, and Houston ended with a 3-2 record.

Brooklyn Nets 105, Detroit Pistons 85

Jarrett Allen showcased why he started 80 games for the Brooklyn Nets last season with a 30-point, 11-rebound performance in the team's 20-point quarterfinal win over Detroit. 

The 21-year-old center also contributed two steals, two blocks and an assist in 24 minutes of action.

The other starter to score in double digits for the Nets was guard Josh Gray, who posted 11 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. However, French guard Isaia Cordinier bucketed 20 points off of the bench, while fellow reserve player Ahmed Hill added 10.

While Rodions Kurucs only scored four points, he posted a team-high plus-23 rating when on the floor with nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.

In the loss, the Pistons were carried by rookie second-round pick Jordan Bone's 18 points. Behind him in scoring were Khyri Thomas (15 points) and Jarrod Uthoff (12 points). 

Outside of the box score, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk provided a highlight with a nasty crossover: 

The Nets and Pistons both exited Saturday night with a 4-1 record, but Brooklyn will move on to face Minnesota in Sunday's semifinal. 

Orlando Magic 85, Chicago Bulls 73

Orlando Magic center Amile Jefferson led all scorers with 19 points and registered a double-double with 12 rebounds.

The 26-year-old spent last season in the G League with the Lakeland Magic and has stepped up as a starter in the summer league as the Magic opted to sit Mo Bamba following their Las Vegas opener. 

Jefferson's performance aside, it was the bench that made the difference in the consolation win for Orlando. The Magic's reserves outscored Chicago's 50-14.

On the flip side of that, four of the Bulls' five starters scored in double digits. Rookie second-round forward Daniel Gafford led the team with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. Chandler Hutchison notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Mychal Mulder also scored 13 points. 

Adam Mokoka, signed to a two-way contract on July 2, scored 12 points.

Coby White, who has led the Bulls with 17 points per game in summer league and was selected by the franchise seventh overall last month, was held to seven points on 3-of-13 shooting but also posted eight rebounds and eight assists.

Each team leaves Las Vegas with a 2-3 record.


New Orleans Pelicans 101, Miami Heat 100 

The drama was thick in the Pelicans' overtime 101-100 victory over the Miami Heat to advance to Sunday's semifinal round. 

The game was forced to a two-minute overtime period when New Orleans' Jaxson Hayes committed a loose ball foul on Miami's Yante Maten with just over two seconds left in regulation. Maten, who finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, made both of his free throws to tie the contest at 98.

It was fitting that in overtime Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored the game-winning points after drawing a shooting foul. The rookie 17th overall pick finished with a game-high 34 points—including five three-pointers—to go along with five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

The Heat still had a chance to win with possession and 1.3 seconds left in overtime, but Jeremiah Martin's inbounds pass was stolen by rookie second-rounder Marcos Louzada Silva.

While the game resulted in a loss for the Miami, it was a gritty performance as the Heat decided to sit their two top scorers in Kendrick Nunn (21 points per game) and Tyler Herro (19.8 points per game). In their absence, Miami's scoring was led by Duncan Robinson (26 points) and Martin (24 points). 

Outside of his result-threatening foul at the end of regulation, Hayes was solid yet again for the Pelicans with a double-double at 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Pelicans will play the Memphis Grizzlies in the semifinal Sunday. 

New York Knicks 103, Washington Wizards 87

New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett finished his Las Vegas Summer League campaign with a double-double, including 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the team's 103-87 consolation victory over the Washington Wizards. 

Four of five Knicks starters scored in double digits. Second-year center Mitchell Robinson impressed with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, while rookie second-rounder Ignas Brazdeikis also narrowly missed a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds. 

Kevin Knox, selected by the Knicks at No. 9 overall last year, finished with 15 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. The 19-year-old averaged 17.3 points per game at summer league entering Saturday.

The Knicks' most productive reserve was Tyler Cavanaugh at 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. The other five bench players combined for nine points. 

The Wizards were led by Moritz Wagner, who was recently acquired by the team from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Anthony Davis trade. Saturday, the 22-year-old forward posted 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. 

Both teams exit Vegas with a 2-3 record.


Memphis Grizzlies 94, Boston Celtics 88

Carsen Edwards played up to his reported new four-year contract with the Boston Celtics by leading all scorers with 25 points on 6-of-14 shooting from three off the bench. Edwards entered Saturday leading the Celtics by averaging 18 points per game in summer league.

Unfortunately for Boston, the rookie second-round guard's efforts weren't enough to complete a comeback against the Grizzlies, who led by as many as 14 points in the second half. 

The Celtics cut Memphis' lead to 89-88 with 37 seconds left but couldn't close it out. Instead, Memphis exacted revenge on its 26-point loss to Boston Thursday night and will move on to the semifinal round set for Sunday. 

For the Grizzlies, guard Tyler Harvey led the way. The 25-year-old scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from three.

Just behind him was rookie first-rounder Brandon Clarke's 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. The 22-year-old forward extended the Grizzlies' lead to 91-88 with a tip-in and 18 seconds remaining, and Boston couldn't recover.

Other rookie draft picks in action were Boston's Grant Williams (No. 22 overall) and Tremont Waters (No. 51) with 11 points and 16 points, respectively. Javonte Green, who spent last season internationally in the EuroCup league, led Boston's starters with 17 points. 

The Grizzlies will play the New Orleans Pelicans in the semifinal Sunday. 


Charlotte Hornets 84, Utah Jazz 74

Miles Bridges placed an exclamation point on the end of the Charlotte Hornets' stay in Vegas with a windmill dunk in the first half of the team's 84-74 consolation win over the Utah Jazz. 

The 2018 first-round pick—already known for his dunking as he competed in last season's NBA Slam Dunk Contest—finished with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. It was center Kennedy Meeks who led the team with 18 points off the bench.

The 24-year-old registered a double-double with 10 rebounds and filled out the rest of his stat sheet with four assists and a steal. Meeks went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft out of North Carolina, and former UNC teammate Isaiah Hicks contributed 10 points, four rebounds and two assists as the starting center. 

In the loss, Jazz forward George King bucketed a game-high 20 points off the bench.

The bulk of both teams' scoring came from bench players, as Utah's reserves slightly outscored Charlotte's 47-46.


    All-Star a Reminder of How Broken Bulls Are

    Reported front office changes need to be for real or nothing will change for All-Star host Bulls ➡️

    NBA logo

    All-Star a Reminder of How Broken Bulls Are

    Will Gottlieb
    via Bleacher Report

    John Beilein to Meet with Dan Gilbert Amid Reports of Exit

    NBA logo

    John Beilein to Meet with Dan Gilbert Amid Reports of Exit

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    New NBA Power Rankings 📊

    Where every team sits at the All-Star break

    NBA logo

    New NBA Power Rankings 📊

    Grant Hughes
    via Bleacher Report

    NBPA Vote to Support Formation of G League Players Union

    NBA logo

    NBPA Vote to Support Formation of G League Players Union

    Rob Goldberg
    via Bleacher Report