Miami Heat 91, Los Angeles Clippers 84 - Giving up two 20 point performances to players coming off the bench did not work out in Los Angeles’ favor on Thursday night as Miami got big games from Okaro White, Justin Robinson, and Gian Clavell in order to advance to Saturday’s Summer League quarterfinals.
The Heat fought their way back from a first quarter deficit to take a lead heading to the fourth quarter, but eight quick points from Jamil Wilson early in the quarter had the Clips out in front by three. Miami would retake the lead with 3:38 remaining on a Robinson step back, and they would never relinquish it again.
We can say this much for sure: LA didn’t lose because of Jamil Wilson. The former Marquette forward came off the bench and continued to endear himself to the Clippers faithful with 11 points in just 13 minutes. He went 4-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-4 from long range. Wilson also chipped in three rebounds along the way just to add to his overall efficiency.
The Clippers are out of the running for the Summer League title, but they still have one consolation round game left to play on Friday.
Los Angeles Lakers 94, Cleveland Cavaliers 83 - The Lakers never trailed on Thursday night as they beat the Cavs in a seed vs seed upset in the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Officially it’s an upset when the #15 beats the #2, but it’s Summer League, so these teams aren’t that far apart and weird things can happen from game to game. The Lakers advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where they’ll play #7 seeded Brooklyn.
Anywho, Lonzo Ball racked up a triple-double for Los Angeles, collecting 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. He wasn’t the high scorer, though, as that honor goes to Kyle Kuzma and his 20 point outing. Kay Felder had 25 points for the Cavaliers to record the game high scoring total, albeit in a losing effort.
Vander Blue got the start again for the Lakers and had a much better performance than the night before. Blue knocked down seven of his 11 field goal attempts on his way to 18 points in the game, and he also contributed four rebounds and four assists
Today’s Consolation Round Games (All times Central)
3pm: Atlanta vs Houston (ESPNU)
5:30pm: Clippers vs Golden State (NBA TV)