Ayton outplays Bamba in Summer League battle of rookie bigs
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 10, 2018 02:15 PM
FILE - Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Friday, July 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
This season's first overall pick, DeAndre Ayton of the Suns, outplayed fellow rookie big man Mo Bamba, of the Magic, the sixth selection, as Phoenix topped Orlando 71-53 in Las Vegas Summer League action.
Ayton produced 17 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes of action, while Bamba was held to just four markers and five boards in 22 minutes, though he did reject five shots.
The Suns opened with a 20-11 first period, and then held the Magic to just nine markers in the fourth, while scoring 20 themselves.
Dragan Bender added 11 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix, which is unbeaten in three games, while sophomore Jonathan Isaac had 10, the only Magic player in double-figures.
In other Tuesday (PHL time) games:
PISTONS 105, PELICANS 97
Third-year player Henry Ellenson did a little of everything in Detroit's first win of the tournament. The 18th overall pick in 2016 logged a team-high 26 minutes and finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals, though he did also account for six of his team's 13 turnovers.
Power forward Cheick Diallo led the Pelicans with 25 points on 17 shots, along with six boards.
THUNDER 92, RAPTORS 82
Rashawn Thomas and PJ Dozier each scored 17 points to lead the Thunder over the still winless Raptors. Oklahoma City also got 12 points off the bench from Kevin Hervey in the victory.
Toronto was led by OG Anunoby, who was a regular part of the team's rotation in his recently-concluded rookie season. Anunoby scattered a game-best 19 markers, with 12 coming beyond the arc, and added six rebounds and two blocks. Malachi Richardson contributed 17 points for the 0-3 Raptors.
CAVALIERS 93, PACERS 88
Cedi Osman showed off his offensive game for the Cavaliers, who pulled away in the second quarter. The forward, known more for his hustle in his rookie season in The Land, shot 50 percent en route to 25 points, and added six rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block. Helping him notch the victory was Collin Sexton. The eighth pick in this year's draft scored 21 points and handed out four dimes.
Indiana got 20 points and nine rebounds from second-year player TJ Leaf, while Alize Johnson had 16 off the bench.
WIZARDS 87, 76ERS 76
A strong first half powered the Wizards to their first win of the tournament, while the 76ers stayed winless in three outings.
Troy Brown Jr. led Washington with 23 points on 22 shots, while Devin Robinson added 22 on a more efficient 8-of-10 shooting clip. Former Lakers forward Thomas Bryant produced a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds for his new side.
Chris McCullough led the 76ers despite coming off the bench, finishing with 20 points, eight boards, and three blocks. Jonah Bolden was the only Philly starter in double-figures with 10 markers. He was a rebound shy of a double-double.
CELTICS 100, HORNETS 80
The Boston Celtics routed the Charlotte Hornets, with the former getting seven players finishing with double-digit points. Jabari Bird (16 points, three rebounds, five assists) and Jarrod Uthoff (16 points, four rebounds, one block) led the way for Beantown, while Guerschon Yabusele posted 14 points and eight caroms.
The Hornets did get positive play from rookie Miles Bridges (20 points on 8-of-17 shooting) and center Willie Hernangomez (17 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks), despite the blowout loss.
MAVERICKS 91, WARRIORS 71
A big 37-point third quarter propelled the Mavericks to their second win in three outings.
Dallas guards Phil Greene (team-high 16 points) and Jalen Brunson (nine points, eight assists) balled out with last year's first-rounder Dennis Smith Jr. not playing in this one. Mitchell Creek added 13 markers, while Kostas Antetokounmpo, younger brother of Giannis, logged four points, seven boards, an assist, two steals, and three blocks in just 14 minutes of action.
Golden State's starting backcourt of Kendrick Nunn and Josh Maggette scored 10 points each. The team missed former lottery bigs Damian Jones and Jordan Bell, who were both sidelined.
NUGGETS 90, BUCKS 83
Monte Morris had a team-high 20 points, to go with six rebounds and eight assists as the Denver Nuggets outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks.
DeVaughn Akoon Purcell added 18 points, three boards, three dimes, and three steals, while Vlatko Cancar contributed 13 points off the bench for the undefeated Nuggets.
Sterling Brown's 27-point night went to waste, as did the strong outings of DJ Wilson (18 points on 50 percent shooting, six rebounds) and Christian Wood (16 points, six rebounds).
TIMBERWOLVES 78, NETS 69
Jared Terrell logged 13 points for the Timberwolves, who were in control for most of the low-scoring affair.
Rookie duo Keita Bates-Diop and Josh Okogie each notched 11 points, while Amile Jefferson scored just five, but posted 12 boards and four blocks.
Second-year center Jarrett Allen headlined the Nets with eight points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks for the Nets.
ROCKETS 104, CLIPPERS 90
Houston's offense was humming from start to finish as they shot down the Clippers.
Second-round pick De'Anthony Melton top-scored for the Western Conference Finalists with 26 markers. He also added 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block in 32 minutes off the bench. Vincent Edwards led the starters with 20 points and eight boards, while Zhou Qi was good for 12 markers, eight caroms, and five denials.
Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander paced the Clippers with 25 points in 28 minutes. He also had five rebounds, four assists, and two steals to his name.