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Las Vegas Summer League 2013: Warriors take first Summer League championship behind Ian Clark's performance

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The Golden State Warriors won the inaugural Vegas Summer League tournament, led by a 33-point outing by undrafted guard Ian Clark, the high scoring performance of any player at Summer League.

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Led by Ian Clark's breakout performance, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns, 91-77, to become champions of the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League, the first ever to award a champion by a single elimination tournament.

Much like the Warriors' regular team, Golden State got their work done from beyond the arc. Clark tied a Vegas Summer League record with seven threes on ten attempts, Draymond Green added a pair of threes for half of his 12 points, and all in all, the Dubs went 11-for-25 from downtown. The explosion for Golden State came in the final period of play, as they turned a four-point lead after three quarters into a 14-point win.

Clark, an undrafted guard out of Belmont, scored 33 points off the bench, the most of any player in any game in Vegas. He shot well, but also exhibited the ability to score off the dribble. Clark had led Miami's Orlando Summer League team in scoring, but had only averaged 9.0 points per game with the Warriors before Monday's championship game. He may very well have an NBA-level skill as a shooter, drilling 45.9 percent of his threes his senior year at college while taking nearly seven per game. His 18.2 points per game on a Bruins squad that won the Ohio Valley Conference earned him the mid-major league's Player of the Year honor. He added another piece of hardware to his collection Monday, as he was awarded with a Summer League Championship Game MVP trophy after the game. He described the performance as a "dream come true" after the game.

Kent Bazemore, who was named to the Summer League's first team, scored 18 points with five assists. The top man for the Suns was Archie Goodwin, as the 29th overall pick played another solid game in Vegas with 18 points on 11 attempts. Marcus Morris had 17 points, but Markieff Morris shot just 3 for 11 from the field. The Warriors' defense, which has earned praise in Vegas, was once again on point, forcing 16 turnovers against just nine assists for the Suns. It was the first loss for Phoenix, as both teams entered the game 6-0.

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