We're down to just 16 teams remaining in the Las Vegas Summer League bracket after an exciting day of action on Wednesday featuring eight games. Before we continue parsing down the field to determine the tournament's champion, let's take a look at the latest from the desert:
Summer League buzzer-beater? SUMMER LEAGUE BUZZER-BEATER.
That's Roberto Nelson of the Hornets, spoiling an incredible comeback by the Mavericks in the final few minutes of the game with some heroics of his own. Dallas rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final six minutes to force a tie and eventually take the lead, but Nelson heaved a game-winner as time expired while Charlotte trailed, 81-79.
The Hornets led by 17 points at halftime and carried that lead throughout the second half, but they would've lost without Nelson's incredible shot. Chris Goulding led the Mavericks' comeback with four three-pointers, his only baskets of the game.
P.J. Hairston led all scorers with 18 points but shot just 4-of-18 from the field. Cody Zeller was a bit more efficient, recording his 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Gal Mekel led the Mavericks with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Timberwolves 86, Suns 77
Minnesota's first win in Vegas comes at the right time, and thanks to the team's two most recent first-round picks. Zach LaVine poured in 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting for the Timberwolves while Gorgui Dieng added 13 points and 19 rebounds in a dominating interior effort.
LaVine was the real star as he made some highlight-reel plays, including this ridiculous dunk:
The Timberwolves dominated the boards in this game, 51-30, and didn't give up much to Phoenix on the defensive end. T.J. Warren went off for 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting to lead the Suns, but the rest of the team shot just 31 percent from the floor. Miles Plumlee had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
If the Heat didn't turn the ball over 19 times, this would've been a straight-up blowout. Miami shot 55 percent from the field -- including 8-of-14 from three -- and only kept things close by constantly wasting possessions.
Justin Hamilton led the Heat with 18 points while Tyler Honeycutt (11 points, 15 rebounds) and Larry Drew II (10 points, 10 assists) recorded double-doubles. Honeycutt probably shouldn't be rewarded with too much praise, however, considering he recorded more turnovers (eight) than shot attempts (seven).
Keith Benson led the Clippers with 18 points and six rebounds.
Whether it's the Summer League tournament or the NBA playoffs, I suppose we should never doubt the Spurs. They simply rocked Jabari Parker and the Bucks in this one, and with a team effort that would likely make Gregg Popovich a very happy man.
Seriously, the Spurs' depth chart on the night looks nutty. 14 different players played at least 10 minutes, but none reached 20. They all hit at least one field goal, yet nobody scored more than Kyle Anderson's 14 points.
The Bucks were operating a much different program, with Giannis Antetokounmpo playing most of the game and Parker clocking 27 minutes. The two first-round picks were productive, with Antetokounmpo going for 20 points and Parker adding 16, but they also combined for 13 turnovers in a sloppy effort for the team. Milwaukee exits Las Vegas without a win.
With a score like that, you can pretty easily imagine what kind of game this was. Seriously, in the fourth quarter, the two teams combined for 25 points.
This is certainly not the kind of game that the Summer League sells itself on, with turnovers abound and missed shots all over the place. Golden State nearly recorded as many turnovers (22) as made field goals (23), and Atlanta wasn't far off from matching the feat.
Hawks 2013 first-rounder Dennis Schroder led all scorers with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting, while Justin Holiday's 15 points topped Golden State. Adreian Payne, Atlanta's first-round pick this year, recorded 10 points and nine rebounds.
Toronto's Dwight Buycks went off for 24 points to lead all scorers, but it wasn't remotely enough in a lopsided win for Houston. Isaiah Canaan and Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points apiece to lead the Rockets to their first victory in Vegas.
The Raptors were sloppy in the loss, turning the ball over 25 times as they shot just 5-of-26 from three-point range. Buycks had his moments, but also turned the ball over eight times. Bruno Caboclo recorded 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting.
D-League Select 87, Nuggets 75
Tony Mitchell scored 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead the D-League Select team to a win over Denver. It wasn't an individual effort, either, as the D-League team shot 53 percent as a whole while limiting the Nuggets to 37 percent shooting.
After a tight first quarter, the Sixers outscored the Lakers 32-10 in the second quarter and cruised to an easy victory. Sean Kilpatrick and Elijah Millsap both had 19 points to lead Philadelphia. Nerlens Noel didn't play in the blowout as the Sixers continue to ease the big man back into playing shape.