The end of Summer League play might be approaching, but there was a full slate of games on Friday. The players seem to enjoy the newly-implemented bracket-style format this summer, as a title up for grabs gives the games great meaning. Here's a recap of some of Friday's earlier action.
The Knicks were able to overcome 15 turnovers and a poor shooting performance from behind the arc to pick up the 91-80 victory over the Clippers. Jeremy Tyler led the way with 20 points and came up with this monster block. Rookie Tony Mitchell came off the bench to score 15 points, bring down five rebounds and dish out three assists. As a team, New York hit 53 percent of their shot attempts and did a nice job getting to the rim.
The Clippers shot 40 three-pointers and made just seven of them, making for a frustrating day on the offensive end. First-round pick Reggie Bullock played very well, scoring a team-high 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting. Samardo Samuels recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to continue his strong summer. L.A. dropped to 1-4 in Summer League play with the loss.
The Kings finally won a game in Las Vegas behind a huge performance from first-round pick Ben McLemore. Despite starting off slowly, McLemore finished with 27 points and nine rebounds for arguably his best performance to date, even getting off a highlight reel dunk in the process. Second-round pick Ray McCallum continued to impress while running point guard, recording a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists. If this is a sign of things to come, Sacramento is on the right track back to relevance out West.
Second-year forward Mike Scott had a big game for Atlanta, scoring a team-high 25 points and bringing down 10 rebounds. John Jenkins did not shoot the ball particularly well, but still managed to score 19 points. The most impressive stat on the day: the Hawks combined to go 23-for-23 on their free throw attempts.
Wizards 78, Pelicans 77
The Wizards snuck out the one-point victory despite not having No. 3 pick Otto Porter on the floor. Sundiata Gaines led Washington with 15 points off the bench, while second-round pick Glen Rice Jr. scored 14 points with four rebounds and three assists. The Wizards are now 2-3 following their win.
Austin Rivers shined for New Orleans with a team-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. He also came away with two steals on the defensive end, an area he's been working to improve this summer. Second-round pick Jeff Withey scored just four points, but also brought down six rebounds and blocked two shots. The Pelicans shot 47.5 percent from the floor.