The Orlando and Utah Summer Leagues are in full swing, featuring a combined five games on Monday. Some of the big names that were in action included Aaron Gordon, Myles Turner, Stanley Johnson, Justise Winslow, Jahlil Okafor and Marcus Smart. Neither the rookies nor the sophomores disappointed, showing enough promise to give their fans hope for the future. Let's take a looks at the scores.
Orlando Magic White 85, Indiana Pacers 76
The Chris Singleton and Keith Appling led the way with 17 points each while Melvin Ejim pitched in 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Turner shined for Indiana, finishing the game with 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. The dark spot in an otherwise promising performance were the eight personal fouls he committed (players foul out after 10 fouls in Summer League play) but the entire Pacers team struggled in that area.B team got a win over Indiana thanks to its ability to get to the line at will. The Magic shot a whopping 36 free throws and made the most of their trips to the charity stripe, connecting on 30 of those.
Oklahoma City Thunder 73, Orlando Magic Blue 65
Gordon and Mario Hezonja combined for 35 points and five assists, but the Blue couldn't get past a Thunder team that had Mitch McGary performing at a high level. McGary finished the game with 19 points, leading a balanced offense by Oklahoma City in which seven players scored five points or more. The result doesn't matter to the Magic's coaching staff as much as the development of their young players, and in that area they have nothing to worry about. Gordon keeps scoring efficiently and Hezonja showed off his athleticism with a nasty dunk.
Miami Heat 78, Detroit Pistons 73
Johnson and Winslow went head-to-head for the first time after being selected two picks apart in the 2015 draft. Winslow's Heat emerged victorious but Johnson won the individual battle, finishing with a more impressive stat line. The Pistons wing scored 14 points on just five shots, pulled down seven rebounds, dished out two assists and logged two steals. Winslow scored 17 points but needed 15 shots to get there and had four rebounds and just one assist despite handling the ball a lot. It was a fun duel and one we'll hopefully get to see for years to come
Okafor scored 20 points in his professional debut and pulled down 10 rebounds, showing that as far as consolation prizes go, the 76ers got a good one. While the flaws many pointed out about Okafor were on display -- poor free throw shooting and defensive awareness, mainly -- Okafor bounced back from a bad first half in which he went 3-of-11 to finish the game by making seven of his 11 second-half shots. Latvian sharpshooter Dairis Bertans gave the Spurs a huge boost with 19 points on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, but everyone who tuned in wanted to see how Okafor would fare and he didn't disappoint.
Utah Jazz 100, Boston Celtics 82
The Jazz won a blowout thanks to the efforts of their sophomore guard duo, Dante Exum and Rodney Hood. The two combined for 43 points on 14-of-28 shooting, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Their Celtics counterpart, Smart and Terry Rozier, struggled and that was the game. Smart finished with 26 points but it took him 20 shots to get there and Rozier was quiet in his first professional game, scoring seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. The Jazz's youngsters simply looked better on Monday. Unfortunately, Exum suffered an ankle sprain and will be evaluated on Tuesday.
Injury Update: Dante Exum - left ankle sprain. He'll be reevaluated tomorrow.— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) July 7, 2015