Las Vegas Summer League entered its first full day of action with seven games taking place at the Cox Pavilion and The Thomas and Mack Center. Sixty games will play out over the course of the 10-day circuit and a pair of sensational late performances highlighted Saturday's action.
Several top draft picks took the court in their Summer League debuts, including Otto Porter, Ben McLemore and C.J. McCollum. While Porter struggled in a victory and McLemore couldn't buy a bucket in a loss, McCollum shined in his debut.
D-League Select squad edges Timberwolves
The Thomas and Mack Center filled up early as Shabazz Muhammad, who played his high school ball in Las Vegas, took the court for Minnesota. While Muhammad showed flashes of a polished offensive game, scoring in the post and from three-point range, he was largely ineffective. He finished the game with seven points on 3-for-7 shooting. Gorgui Dieng, the Timberwolves' other first-round pick, finished with four points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Dieng was aggressive on defense, often helping trap opponents beyond the three-point line.
The real story of the game was D-Leaguer Stefhon Hannah, who led all scorers with 23 points. Hannah spent last season with the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 14 points and 5.1 assists per game, and was also named D-League Defensive Player of the Year. The game was tight until the final seconds when Brian Butch hit two key free throws to put the D-League up five. Kee Kee Clark hit a three at the buzzer to give the D-Leaguers the 83-81 victory.
Goudelock comes up big in Bulls win over Grizzlies
While the D-League Defensive Player of the Year took control of the Select Team-Timberwolves game, D-League MVP Andrew Goudelock took control for the Chicago Bulls, as they topped the Memphis Grizzlies, 81-76. Goudelock scored 26 points for the Summer League Bulls, as he auditions for a job after finishing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Second-year guard Tony Wroten led the Grizzlies with 17 points while Matt Howard added 11 points.
McCollum shines in 82-69 loss to Suns
McCollum was often called this year's Damian Lillard leading up to the NBA Draft. Saturday night he did his best Lillard impersonation, scoring 22 points and dishing out four assists. McCollum did a lot his damage at the rim, constantly getting by defenders to the basket. Will Barton added 13 points while Thomas Robinson chipped in six points and eight rebounds.
Henson's double-double lifts Bucks over Nuggets
Milwaukee Bucks power forward John Henson was so efficient against the Denver Nuggets that he averaged nearly a point per every minute he played. Henson finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in 20 minutes of action as the Bucks dropped the Nuggets 88-74. Milwaukee never trailed in the game, jumping on Denver from the opening tip. While Henson was the star of the game, swingman Dominique Jones wasn't far behind, scoring 18 points on just 10 shot attempts. Four Nuggets scored in double figures, led by Ben Uzoh and Luke Harangody with 11 points each.
Valanciunas dominates inside, Raptors still fall to Heat
The final game of the night gave fans a dominating performance, as Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Still, the Miami Heat were able to make a second half run and take the 81-72 victory. The Toronto center seemingly scored anytime he was near the basket. Often, when his teammates were in trouble, they'd just drive in to traffic and lob the ball up, hoping Valanciunas would snag it. And most of the time he did.
Meanwhile, two relative unknowns, D.J. Kennedy and James Nunnally, led the Heat with 16 points each. Miami also got 13 points, five rebounds and four blocks from Jarvis Varnado, who spent much of last season as Miami's 15th man.