The NBA Las Vegas Summer League's new tournament continued Saturday with the quarterfinal round. In theory, the tournament should've provided an increased interest and excitement in the last half of the 10-day circuit. Instead, the second weekend in Las Vegas has seen several teams pull many of their starters to rest them and get a better look at the rest of their rosters.
With that said, there were four games on the slate at the Thomas and Mack Center Saturday. Here's a recap of the quarterfinals.
Balanced scoring attack lifts Heat past Cavs
Three players scored 13 points and two others scored 12 as the Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 82-76. Jarvis Varnado led Miami, adding 12 rebounds and two steals to his 13 points. Damion James added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. The Cavs were led by Justin Harper's 21 points and Jermaine Taylor's 20. Cory Higgins added 17 points off the bench.
Myck Kabongo, Jackie Carmichael, and Travis Leslie were among the players Miami decided to rest. Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, Chris Quinn and Kevin Jones all sat out for Cleveland.
Morris twins combine for 39 as Suns beat Raptors
The Phoenix Suns were among the teams that opted against resting players as brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris led the Suns over the the Toronto Raptors, 103-98. Marcus led the Suns with 23 points, while Markieff scored 16. Both brothers went 8-for-11 from the field. Rookie Archie Goodwin continued to make his case for a place in Phoenix's rotation, scoring 20 points on 5-for-5 shooting and 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
While the Raptors were without Jonas Valanciunas, who sat out with a sprained finger, they did get big contributions from Dwight Buycks and Quincy Acy. Both scored a game high 28 points while Chris Wright was the only other Raptor in double figures with 10 points. The win kept the Suns as one of two undefeated teams left in the Summer League tournament. Phoenix now moves on the face the Miami Heat Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.
Short handed Bobcats give D-League Select squad first loss
While their regular-season roster has been one of the worst in the league for some time now, the Charlotte Bobcats' Summer League roster proved it's one of the deepest in the league by beating the ultra tough D-League Select squad without four starters.
Cody Zeller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Taylor all sat out Saturday's 85-75 victory. Abdul Gaddy led the short-handed Bobcats with 17 points, while Jamie Skeen added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Patrick Ewing Jr., the team's lone regular starter, added five points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of action. Elijah Millsap and Darnell Jackson each scored 12 points for the D-League Select team.
Warriors use second half rally to stay undefeated
The streak is still alive! The Golden State Warriors have now won 12 straight Summer League games dating back to last season, as they rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 83-77. Kent Bazemore continued his excellent Summer League, scoring 26 points to lead all scorers.
The Lakers took a 10-point lead heading in to halftime before the Warriors pulled within two entering the fourth quarter. The Warriors then stretched their lead by as many as eight points before the Lakers made a run of their own, pulling within one with less than two minutes to go. Los Angeles, however, was unable to take the lead. The Warriors now face the Bobcats Sunday at 8 p.m. Both semifinal games will be shown on NBA TV.