Dallas Mavericks 83, Detroit Pistons 81 (OT) - Johnathan Motley was money with less than one second left in overtime to push Dallas to victory over Detroit on Thursday afternoon in Florida, giving the Mavericks the 2017 NBA Orlando Summer League title.
Motley had 18 points and 10 rebounds, so it’s hard to underestimate his contribution to the game, but former Marquette Golden Eagles guard Dwight Buycks had a role to play as well. The Milwaukee native scored 21 of his game high 28 points in the second half and overtime to help the Mavericks overcome a five point halftime deficit and win the Orlando Summer League title.
Here’s a sampling of what Buycks accomplished after halftime:
Buycks wasn’t just scoring for Dallas, by the way. He finished with five rebounds, six assists, and three steals.
As you can see from the headline, Buycks and the Mavericks beat Henry Ellenson and the Pistons in the title game. After posting 29 points and six rebounds to push Detroit into the title game on Wednesday, Ellenson was awful on Thursday. He scored just five points on 2-of-10 shooting, including missing all five of his attempts from long range. Part of what made that 29 point outing happen was the former MU forward canning half of his eight three point attempts, and that was just one facet of Ellenson’s game that was not working for him on Thursday. He did add eight rebounds and an assist, which is nice.
Buycks finishes the Orlando league averaging 17.8 points per game, the third highest average of all of the players that participated. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists, both numbers that should help get Buycks an invited to an NBA training camp at the least. Ellenson finished sixth on the scoring chart at 17.4 points per game, and he also added 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists as he aims to get some major playing time for the Pistons next season
Be sure to head over to the official NBA.com recap page for a full highlight package of the game, a Buycks-specific montage, as well as some individual Buycks highlights.