7.17 NBA Summer League Roundup

Junior made his Summer League debut yesterday, so he gets the picture spot. - USA TODAY Sports

One final day of pool play to recap before the Vegas Summer League tournament starts later today...

Toronto 81, Sacramento 70 - The Raptors ran out to a 12-0 lead to open things up, but the game wasn't over at that point. The Kings would manage to pull even and actually take a one point lead in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the Kings only managed to bump Toronto out of the lead for a grand total of 18 seconds in the game. Dwight Buycks made his Raptors debut, getting the start and scoring nine points and adding two assists and two steals. Unfortunately, it was a bit of an auspicious debut as the Raptors' freshly signed backup point guard, as Buycks also had five turnovers. Trent Lockett had another solid showing for Sacramento, coming off the bench for 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

Golden State 84, Milwaukee 72 - Someone had to come out of this final game in pre-tournament play with a loss, and after Milwaukee shot 17% and turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, it was probably going to be Golden State. No one had a particularly outstanding day from a scoring perspective, as Golden State's Lance Goulbourne led everyone with 13 points. Junior Cadougan saw his first summer league action with 6 minutes of play for the Bucks. He missed both his field goal tries, but made both free throw attempts and dished two assists as well.

Phoenix 100, Memphis 88 - The 2-0 Suns vs the 0-2 Grizzlies. Not a surprising result by any stretch of the imagination, although the Grizzlies did have a seven point lead at the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Suns' bench exploded for 30 of the team's 31 points in the second quarter to turn things around. Archie Goodwin had a game high 22 points to lead the Suns. Vander Blue played just 13 minutes, although he did go 3-4 from the field including this baseline jam. Blue finished with eight points, two rebounds, and an assist. This game will air on NBA TV at 1pm Central.

Washington 97, Denver 69 - DJO's Nuggets got BLOWED OUT, and they were only down 14 at the start of the fourth quarter. Jan Vesely led the way for the Wizards with 18 points, while Evan Fournier's 12 points was the high mark for the Nuggets. Darius Johnson-Odom contributed four points and two assists in his 13 minutes of action. If you really need to see those 13 minutes from DJO, you can catch it on NBA TV at 3pm Central.

D-League Select 82, Dallas 75 - If anyone wants to explain to me how a team made up of guys who have played the last two seasons in the D-League without coming close to earning a spot on an NBA roster can go 3-0 in Summer League play, I'd like to hear it. I mean, Dallas led by 13 in the first quarter in this one. Kyle Weaver came off the bench to score 15 to lead the D-Leaguers, while Josh Akognon had 20 for the Mavericks in the loss. Jae Crowder had 14 points, three rebounds, an assist and three steals. If you want to stare in amazement at this one, it's going to be on NBA TV today at 11am Central.

The Vegas Summer League now moves to tournament play. Teams seeded 1-10 get a bye out of the first round, while the teams slotted 11-22 will get things started later today. Here's the schedule for games involving former Marquette players:

5pm Central: #11 New Orleans vs #22 Denver
5:30pm Central: #12 Washington vs #21 Memphis (will not air live on NBA TV)
7pm Central: #13 Minnesota vs #20 Sacramento
9:30pm Central: #16 Dallas vs #17 LA Clippers (3am on NBA TV)

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