New Orleans Pelicans 105, Atlanta Hawks 95 - Powered by a trio of 20 point scorers, New Orleans advanced in the Summer League tournament with a win over Atlanta on Wednesday. Jalen Jones (21), Cheick Diallo (21), and Quinn Cook (26) all had big days, and both Diallo and Cook shot over 65% from the floor to power the Pelicans.
It’s a surprising win for New Orleans, as they lost all three of their opening round games and were seeded dead last in the tournament. It turns out all things are possible when you shoot 45% on threes in a game.
John Collins led the way for Atlanta with 25 points and nine rebounds, but we’re here to talk about Trent Lockett. The former Marquette guard saw 14 minutes of action, scored six points, grabbed up three rebounds, and still found time to dish an assist and come up with a steal.
After a rough start to Summer League for the former UCLA Bruins point guard, he went crrrrrrazy on Wednesday night to help the Lakers advance to the second round of the tournament. Ball finished with 36 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, and two blocks for one hell of a night with both Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram sitting this one out. Sure, he had six turnovers, too, but who’s counting??
The two teams headed to the fourth with Philly up 83-75, and for most of the quarter, it looked like the Sixers would hold Los Angeles off by the end. It didn’t turn into a two point game until just under three minutes to go when Ball sank a layup. Even then, Philly pushed the lead back to six on a Furkan Korkmaz three-pointer with less than 90 seconds left.
The Lakers went on a 9-2 run after that, though, but even with that, the Sixers still had a chance. James Blackmon made a layup with six seconds left that gave Philadelphia the lead, but Jonah Bolden fouled Ivica Zubac on LAL’s ensuing possession and the big man from Bosnia drained both of his freebies to provide the final margin.
Vander Blue got the starting nod in the backcourt next to Ball, and unsurprisingly, he had a quiet night. Blue scored just four points on 1-of-8 shooting, but he did add two rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Today’s Games (all times Central)
5:30pm: Clippers vs Miami (ESPN 2)
9:30pm: Lakers vs Cleveland (ESPN 2)