Williams And James Dominate To Lead Nets Over Pacers, 80-69

Terrence Williams and Damion James powered the New Jersey Nets past the Indiana Pacers, 80-69, on Tuesday night to cap Day Two play in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Williams, in the midst of an attempted conversion to point guard, got himself in to trouble by jumping in the air to pass, but otherwise had an excellent game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and led all players with 7 assists. However, James garnered more attention with his energetic play at both ends, and as the featured player in the Nets’ offense. Setting up on the left block, James looked to drive and draw contact, with mixed results. He shot just 8-of-20 from the floor and a miserable 4-of-13 from the line, yet gave an incredible effort and showed the Nets he has the athletic and physical tools to make him a contributor at this level. He led all players with 11 rebounds. As a small forward.

Poor shooting—26-of-67 for 38.8% to be exact—doomed the Pacers. Center Josh McRoberts was the guiltiest party, shooting 3-of-18 from the floor, including 2-of-12 from beyond the arc. Lottery pick Paul George missed 10 of his 15 shots and scored only 10 points, but did add a staggering 7 steals to his line, offsetting the damage he did with his bricks. Lance Stephenson led the Pacers in scoring for the second day in a row, with 15, and he did so on an efficient 7-of-10 shooting; he simply did not get enough touches to make a bigger impact, as the Pacers looked for McRoberts at the top of the arc, or George on the wings.

But McRoberts had about as good a game as anyone shooting 3-of-17 can have. 6 rebounds for him, to go with 6 assists and 2 blocked shots. He’s a unique player at center in that he’s just as comfortable posting up as he is leading the break. His downfall, at least in this game, was that he was most comfortable shooting threes off the catch.

Third overall draft pick Derrick Favors contributed 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals on a tidy 5-of-8 shooting. He’ll need to grab more than one rebound every 9 minutes to succeed at the next level, however.

Check this StoryStream later this evening for my Day Two superlatives.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.