Las Vegas Summer League play heats up on Saturday with the quarterfinal of the bracket play round, but on Friday several teams ended their Summer League experience with one final consolation game. Sacramento Kings' rookie Ben McLemore was among the rookies to make a solid last impression with 27 points as the Kings beat the Hawks. Chicago Bulls' rookie Tony Snell scored 20 to help push Bulls past the Mavericks. Here's a recap of Friday's last four games from Vegas.
The Spurs shook off a slow start in the first quarter and then slowed down the Bucks to rest of the way to win their final game in Las Vegas and leave town with a 3-2 record. Second-year forward Hollis Thompson led the Spurs with 21 points, making eight of his 12 shots as he looks to stick in the league after spending his first year out of Georgetown in the D-League. Ryan Richards came off the bench to give the Spurs a boost in the second half, finishing the game with 18 points.
After the loss, Milwaukee leaves Vegas with a 2-3 record as second-year big man John Henson sat out the game with a groin injury. Rookie guard Nate Wolters looked good for the Bucks off the bench, making eight of 13 shots to finish with 20 points.
Grizzlies 91, Nuggets 84
The Memphis Grizzlies rallied down the stretch to finish Summer League play on a winning note. Rookie free agent Vander Blue made his presence known again in Vegas. After scoring 24 points in his previous game, Blue scored 13 points and was in the mix as the Grizzlies made a fourth-quarter run for the win. Gerald Robinson and Donte Green led the Grizzlies with 16 points apiece while Matt Howard added 12 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis finish with a 2-3 record.
The Nuggets finished play with a 1-5 record with forward Luke Harangody leading the team with 17 points. C.J. Harris added 13 points, combining with Harangody to knock down six of eight three-pointers.
Bulls 94, Mavericks 87
The Chicago Bulls were stuck in the consolation round but added another win in their final effort to leave Vegas with a 4-1 record. Guard Andrew Goudelock finished a strong Summer League showing with 22 points in the win to lead the Bulls. First-round pick Tony Snell finished strong with 20 points, showing off his range from behind the arc by making five of eight three-point shots and also grabbing seven rebounds. Erick Murphy added a double-double for the Bulls with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
The Mavericks were led by guard Justin Dentmon, who scored a game-high 23 points off the bench as he looks to translate his success in the D-League to a full-time gig in the NBA. Josh Akognon made four three-pointers and added 18 points in the losing effort for Dallas. The Mavericks end Summer League play with a 2-4 record.
Timberwolves 72, Trail Blazers 66
The Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers in a back-and-forth affair to close out Summer League play for both teams. Minnesota enjoyed a boost from guard Lorenzo Brown as the second-round pick led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds. Fellow rookie Shabazz Muhammad struggled from the floor, making just two of eight shots to finish with six points. The win evened the Timberwolves' Vegas record at 3-3.
Portland finished with a 1-5 record as they tightened the playing rotation to give seven players a strong, final look. Terrel Harris took advantage of the extra time as the guard acquired as part of a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans scored a game-high 25 points with six rebounds and a pair of steals.