Detroit Pistons 105, New Orleans Pelicans 97 — Detroit closes out preliminary play with a win, thanks to a big performance from.... Henry Ellenson! The former Marquette big man had a team high 13 points along with 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons held off a late charge from the Pelicans.
Detroit led by as many as 25 at one point in the third quarter, and never had a lead smaller than eight points at any juncture after the start of the second quarter. Their shooting was super, dropping in half their shots overall and knocking them down at a 39% clip from long range. While Ellenson had the team lead, it was a team effort with four guys scoring in double digits and another three players adding nine points and 10 guys total scoring at least seven.
Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Toronto Raptors 82 — The story of this game is how the Thunder managed to just pour it on at four different points in the game. Mid-way through the first quarter, OKC exploded to score 31 points in the period and push a one point margin out to 11. A second quarter burst pushed the lead from nine out to as high as 18, and a late surge in the third quarter had the Raptors down as many as 23.
Toronto made a rally to start the fourth quarter, cutting the lead down to just 10 points, but another OKC run pushed it back to 19 and they were able to coast from there. PJ Dozier and Rashawn Thomas led the way for Oklahoma City with 17 points each, and Thomas chipped in 12 rebounds with six on each end.
Toronto’s effort was led by OG Anunoby with 19 points. Andrew Rowsey got onto the floor for one minute of action, contributing nothing but a trillion to the game. He did, however, finish with a +3 personal plus/minus score differential for his one minute.
There’s one final day of preliminary play in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but both the Raptors and Pistons have concluded their three games. They will have to wait to find out where they end up seeded in the Summer League tournament, which begins on Wednesday.