DeAndre Bembry came away with the high score for the game with 17 points, which gives you a nice solid feel for how this went. It’s almost as if Chicago actually won a separate game to see who could ugly this thing up worse. The Hawks shot 35% in the game, while the Bulls only managed to shoot 22%.
To make matters worse, former Marquette guard Trent Lockett picked up a DNP - Coach’s Decision here, so there’s really not much to talk about.
Los Angeles flipped the script on Milwaukee in the fourth quarter, using a 29-18 margin in the final period to turn a four point deficit into the final margin of seven points. The Clips took the lead for good on a Sindarius Thornwell layup with 8:30 left to play, which was part of an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
LA’s Montrezl Harrell and Milwaukee’s Rashad Vaughn tied for the game high in points with 21, and they matched each other with three rebounds and an assist as well. Former MU forward Jamil Wilson had another big game for the Clippers, scoring 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 27 minutes of play, and he also had eight rebounds and eight assists for quite the full stat sheet.
Los Angeles Lakers 95, Sacramento Kings 92 - With Lonzo Ball sitting out for.... whatever reason, the Lakers needed someone to carry them to victory late against Sacramento, and they turned to none other than former Marquette guard Vander Blue.
Blue scored 21 points off the bench for Los Angeles, and added six rebounds and two assists, too. However, it was the 10 points in the final quarter that were the biggest for LA, including a jumper with 1:51 left to put his team up 88-83, and a triple off an assist from Alex Caruso to answer one of three straight three-pointers from Sacramento’s Buddy Hield.
Blue even got the assist on Thomas Bryant’s layup that turned into the final basket of the game and gave the Lakers enough breathing room to go to overtime in case of Hield draining one more three-pointer.... but his final attempt was hurried and he ended up missing everything.
Here’s what I think is every made basket in the final six minutes.
And full game highlights:
And, believe it or not, someone assembled a Vander Blue highlight package.
There are no Las Vegas Summer League games that involve former Marquette players tonight. All three of their teams have finished play in the opening round or pool play or whatever the NBA calls it. They’ll resume action on July 12th after the league seeds the 24 team tournament.