Midsummer Madness: Upsets continue at NBA Summer League
LAS VEGAS (AP) Call it Midsummer Madness.
The NBA Summer League tournament is shaping up to be the most unpredictable bet in Las Vegas. The 30th and final seed advanced Thursday along with a No. 26 and a No. 27, after the Nos. 24, 25 and 29 seeds all won a day earlier.
The 30 teams in the Summer League all played three preliminary round games and then were seeded for the tournament. It didn’t take long to determine those seedings were meaningless.
That was especially the case when the 30th-seeded Philadelphia 76ers won for the first time in Las Vegas by knocking off Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns, who had won their first three games to earn the No. 3 seed.
The top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers were able to avoid the chaos. The defending Summer League champions defeated their Staples Center rivals, the 17th-seeded Clippers, in their opener.
Teams that lost Thursday play a consolation game Friday before the winning games return to action.
76ERS 88, SUNS 86
Isaiah Miles scored 20 points, making six 3-pointers, and Furkan Korkmaz added 18 for Philadelphia (1-3).
Jarrod Jones scored 31 points for the 26th-seeded Heat (2-2). Derrick Walton Jr. had 15 points and 11 assists, and Duncan Robinson and Daryl Macon each scored 11 points. Macon made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 to play.
Miami advanced to play No. 10 Boston.
Cheick Diallo finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the No. 7 Pelicans.
Knox finished with 15 points but the No. 9 pick from Kentucky shot just 5 for 20 from the field.
Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots for the No. 23-seeded Knicks (1-3).
Second-round pick Jevon Carter of West Virginia had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the No. 27 Grizzlies.
Jaron Blossomgame had 19 points and nine rebounds and Oliver Hanlan added 18 points for the Spurs (1-3).
The No. 14 Bucks will face the 76ers in the second round.
LAKERS 82, CLIPPERS 69
Josh Hart had 20 points to help the Lakers (4-0) beat the Clippers.
Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 points and Jeff Ayres scored 10 for Los Angeles, which led the entire way.
Top-seeded Los Angeles will face the Pistons-Bulls winner in the quarterfinals.
Diamond Stone had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Georges Niang added 12 points and 11 boards for the Jazz (2-2).
Niang hit a key 3-pointer that helped Utah hold off a late run from the Magic (2-2). Kendrick Ray added 10 points.
The 22nd-seeded Jazz will play the No. 27 seed Grizzlies in the second round.
TRAIL BLAZERS 95, HAWKS 69
Jake Layman and Anfernee Simons scored 20 apiece to help the Trail Blazers (4-0) beat the Hawks.
Omari Spellman scored 20 for the Hawks (2-3).
No. 2 seed Portland advanced to the quarterfinals and will face the Heat-Celtics winner.
- Boston Celtics
- Kentucky Wildcats
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Miami Heat
- Milwaukee Bucks
- New Orleans Pelicans
- New York Knicks
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Orlando Magic
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Phoenix Suns
- Portland Trail Blazers
- San Antonio Spurs
- Utah Jazz