Sacramento Kings rookie guard Ben McLemore struggled to find his shot through the first four days of the Las Vegas Summer League, but broke out with a 26-point performance against the Toronto Raptors.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors in every major category and helped secure the win for his squad. The word of the day is "balance." Coaches are distributing playing time evenly among their players and allowing lesser-known talent to have an opportunity to showcase their skills. Here's a roundup of the first wave of games from Day 5:
Raptors 81, Kings 70
McLemore led all scorers with 26 points, but the Kings fell to the Raptors, 81-70. Assists are few and far between when it comes to Summer League, but it's worth noting that the one blemish on his otherwise strong game was 5 turnovers and zero assists. As a scoring guard, however, finding his shot is more important at this point, and he did that as evidenced by his 8-for-14 shooting.
On the other sideline, Valanciunas poured in 18 points on 6-for-12 from the field and added a game-high eight rebounds. Quincy Acy and Terrence Ross added 14 points apiece in the Raps' second win of the Las Vegas stint.
Timberwolves 80, Heat 71
The Minnesota Timberwolves got a balanced scoring attack across the board led by Brandon Paul. The rookie guard out of Illinois finished with 13 points on 4-for-7 from the field, including a 3-for-6 effort from the three-point line. All eyes continue to be on Shabazz Muhammad, who struggled to a 3-for-10 performance to add seven points for Minnesota.
James Nunnally scored 12 points off the bench to lead the Miami Heat. The 6'7 swingman out of UC Santa Barbara added five rebounds and went 3-for-4 from the three-point line. The T-Wolves shot 50.8 percent from the field and held the Heat to just 35.2 percent.
Warriors 84, Bucks 72
Kent Bazemore got a chance to celebrate his own strong performance and had 11 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes of action as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks. Cameron Jones and Ian Clark also notched 11 points apiece, while Lance Goulbourne led Golden State with 13.
The Bucks got a strong game out of Dominique Jones, who finished with 11 points on just 2-for-6 from the field, but he went 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Milwaukee shot an abysmal 28.6 percent from the field on an incredible 18-for-63 from the field.