NBA Las Vegas Summer League 2013: Suns, D-League, Warriors stay undefeated


Golden State rallied from a 12-point deficit with less than four minutes to play, keeping its Summer League winning streak intact. In other action, the Suns topped the Blazers, the D-League Select team knocked off Minnesota and Miami squeaked past the Bulls.

Here's a look back at the four evening games played Thursday in NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas. For full recaps of the afternoon games, please see this post.

Suns 92, Trail Blazers 84

Phoenix used a 24-0 run in the second period to take command of this game and improve to 4-0 on the week. Six Suns scored in double-figures, with Markieff Morris and Dionte Christmas posting 15 apiece to lead the way. Morris also led Phoenix with 10 rebounds.

C.J. McCollum had a rough outing for Portland. The 10th overall selection in June's draft led the team with 22 points, but shot just 9-of-26 from the floor and 2-of-7 from three-point range. Will Barton, who started alongside him in the Blazers' backcourt, needed 21 field-goal attempts to score 21 points. More encouraging, from Portland's perspective, was the play of second-year center Meyers Leonard. In 30 minutes, the Illinois product tallied 15 points, 13 rebounds and two assists.

Phoenix advances to play the Toronto Raptors on Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

D-League Select 83, Timberwolves 75

The D-League Select squad continued its roll through Vegas as it remains undefeated in four tries. Brian Butch of the Bakersfield Jam scored 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds for the D-League, while Ron Howard of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants scored 14 off the bench. The D-League prevailed despite shooting just 41.9 percent from the floor.

Minnesota, which shot just 33.8 percent from the field in defeat, got 11 points apiece from non-roster invitees Othyus Jeffers and John Holland. The Wolves' first-round draft choices did not fare as well: Shabazz Muhammad shot 2-of-8 for six points, with no rebounds, assists or steals, while Gorgui Deng played just five minutes off the bench.

The D-League looks to keep its undefeated streak alive Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern when it takes on the Charlotte Bobcats.

Heat 68, Bulls 62

Using a balanced offensive attack, Miami eked out a victory against Chicago in Thursday's penultimate game. James Ennis, the Heat's lone rookie in Vegas, shot 3-of-9 from the floor for 11 points. He also contributed six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Non-roster players Damion James and Travis Leslie scored 13 points apiece to lead Miami, with James contributing a team-best eight rebounds as well.

Chicago got 21 points, two assists and five turnovers from second-year point guard Marquis Teague. Rookie swingman Tony Snell struggled with his shot, going 2-of-8 from the floor for seven points, but he did haul in 12 rebounds. Non-roster player Andrew Goudelock went ice-cold on Thursday; the former Laker shot 2-of-14 from the floor for five points, and one of his makes was a meaningless triple with 7.3 seconds to play and the outcome settled. The Bulls had nearly as many turnovers (19) as field goals (20).

Miami will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Warriors 79, Mavericks 76

Golden State finished the night's most exciting game on a 17-2 scoring run to stun Dallas. The Mavericks held a 12-point edge with 3:32 to go before back-to-back dunks by Kent Bazemore and Lance Goulbourne started the Warriors' rally. The victory extends Golden State's record-length winning streak to 11 games.

Unstoppable, baby.

Bazemore finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting, while Cameron Jones added 15 and Ian Clark contributed 13.

For Dallas, rookie point guard Gal Mekel had 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. His backcourt-mates were far less productive: Josh Akognon shot a woeful 1-of-14 from the floor for five points, while fellow rookie Ricky Ledo had 13 points on 3-of-15 shooting from the floor.

Jackie Carmichael, who went undrafted out of Illinois State in 2013, had 12 points, seven boards and seven blocked shots in a solid 32 minutes.

The Warriors advance to play the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

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