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NBA Summer League scores 2017: 3 big winners and 1 loser from Saturday night hoops

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Another turbulent night of Summer League hoops left fans wanting more.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Another night of NBA Summer League basketball made for an emotional roller coaster that gave fans the ups and downs they’ll be in store for when the regular season rolls around in October.

Unfortunately, it was Saturday night. That means you were probably out partying, bar-hopping, in some mischief or just focused on something other than basketball. No problem, that’s what I’m here for.

In case you missed it, Lonzo Ball bounced back from his dreadful NBA debut. The Lakers still lost because Jayson Tatum was virtually unstoppable in the second half, finishing with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Tatum is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the Summer League.

Markelle Fultz got hurt, but the injury turned out to be less severe than many anticipated. Patrick McCaw shined through for the Warriors, with 25 points on five three-pointers. And rookies Dennis Smith Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Bam Adebayo each showed why their respective teams drafted them with their lottery picks.

Regardless, there were three clear winners on Saturday night and one easily identifiable loser:

Winner: Los Angeles Lakers

After scoring only five points on 2-of-15 shooting in his Summer League debut, Lonzo Ball bounced back with a triple double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in game two against the Celtics.

But Ball wasn’t the only Laker who shined on Saturday. Rookie wing Kyle Kuzma out of Utah scored 31 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting. And rookie Josh Hart (Villanova) had 15 points through three quarters before landing awkwardly on his right ankle and asking to exit the game.

The Lakers lost to the Celtics, but their talented youngsters were on full display on Saturday, giving fans hope for the near future.

Winner: Semi Ojeleye

Ojeleye made five of his nine three-pointers on Saturday, including three triples on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. The Southern Methodist product coached by Larry Brown showed he has range out to the NBA three-point line and finished with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Winner: Spin-move, step-back jumpers

Kyle Kuzma’s length makes him a solid inside-out defender, but he was no match for this smooth move by Jayson Tatum, who spun-off his opponent before stepping back for the fade-away shot off the left leg.

Oddly enough, Markelle Fultz pulled off a similar move in the 76ers’ late-night matchup against the Warriors.

The talent level in this rookie class is undeniable, and with moves like these, the future of NBA basketball looks bright.

Loser: Philadelphia 76ers

One play sucked the life out of Philly’s Summer League matchup against the Warriors.

Fultz was later diagnosed with a sprained left ankle, which was a sigh of relief for a 76ers fanbase that has endured injuries to its rookies in each of the past four draft classes. Poor Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ate an elbow to the mouth on the same play, but everyone was so obsessed with Fultz’s ankle, they looked past the blood on his face.

Saturday’s Summer League Scores

Grizzlies 91, Wizards 88

MEM: Wayne Selden — 28 points (10-of-20 FG, 4-of-6 3PT), 6 rebounds, 3 steals
WAS: Jared Cunningham — 19 minutes, 26 points (7-of-12 FG, 2-of-3 3PT), plus-16

Mavericks 91, Bulls 75

DAL: Dennis Smith Jr. — 14 points (5-of-12 FG), 7 rebounds, 6 assists; Brandon Ashley — 21 points (9-of-15 FG), plus-23
CHI: Lauri Markkanen — 14 points (5-of-11 FG, 2-of-5 3PT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists

Heat 75, Spurs 74

MIA: Bam Adebayo — 18 points (6-of-12 FG), 10 rebounds, 2 steals; Zach Auguste — 17 points (8-of-12 FG), 9 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal
SAS: Bryn Forbes — 18 points (7-of-16 FG), 4 assists, 2 steals; Dejounte Murray — 8 points (4-of-12 FG), 9 rebounds, 4 assists

Celtics 86, Lakers 81

BOS: Jayson Tatum — 27 points (9-of-19 FG), 11 rebounds; Semi Ojeleye — 19 points (5-of-9 3PT)
LAL: Lonzo Ball — 11 points (5-of-13 FG), 11 rebounds, 11 assists; Kyle Kuzma — 31 points (12-of-26 FG, 5-of-10 3PT), 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Cavaliers 95, Rockets 90

CLE: Kay Felder — 16 points (5-of-18 FG), 6 assists, 4 rebounds
HOU: Troy Williams — 21 points (7-of-14 FG, 3-of-8 3PT), 2 steals; Isaiah Taylor — 18 points (6-of-13 FG, 2-of-4 3PT), 6 assists

76ers 95, Warriors 93

PHI: Furkan Korkmaz — 15 points (5-of-9 FG, 3-of-6 3PT), 2 steals
GSW: Patrick McCaw — 25 points (10-of-20 FG, 5-of-11 3PT),