Los Angeles Lakers 108, Dallas Mavericks 98 - Thanks to a game high 24 points from Kyle Kuzma, the LA Lakers are on to the Las Vegas Summer League Championship game after defeating the Mavs on Sunday night.
It almost didn’t work out for them. Los Angeles had a 22 point lead at halftime, but rookie Lonzo Ball sat out the second half with what appeared to be a calf injury. Without the dynamic stat stuffer at point guard, the Lakers started letting Dallas back into the game. It didn’t seem like much to start, with the Mavs only trimming the lead to 13 late in the third quarter before trailing by 14 to start the final period.
Things officially got dicey when Yogi Ferrell drained a triple with five minutes left and cut the margin to 10 points. Even after that, Dallas still scored the next nine points of the game and left Los Angeles with a 96-95 lead with 2:17 to go.
I doubt it was Dallas’ intention with that much time left, but they started sending the Lakers to the line after that. Alex Caruso stemmed the Dallas tide with a pair of freebies, and LA would make nine of their 10 free throw attempts down the stretch while the Mavericks were only able to manage three free throws of their own in their attempt to complete the comeback.
Vander Blue finished with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting on the night. The former Marquette Golden Eagles guard also added five rebounds and six assists to the Los Angeles effort.
Los Angeles will face the Portland Trailblazers in the LVSL title game. Portland defeated Memphis, 87-82, in the other semifinal game behind a 22 point outing from Jarnell Stokes.
Monday’s Championship Game
9pm Central: Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trailblazers (ESPN 2)