Day 2 of the NBA Summer League saw the Miami HEAT earn their first win of July. Derrick Jones Jr. proved yet again that he was ready to make an impact at the NBA level, and Ike Nwamu provided another highlight-worthy alley-oop while Derrick Walton Jr. continued to struggle from the field. Check out the complete results from Tuesdsay’s action below.
Miami HEAT 89, Los Angeles Lakers 74
Notable Performances: Derrick Jones Jr. led the HEAT in scoring for the second-straight game, posting 21 points, five rebounds, four blocks and three steals in just 22 minutes (he did not play in the fourth quarter). Svi Mykhailiuk (12 points) and Demarcus Holland (10 points) were the only Lakers to score in double figures in the loss.
Skyforce Connections: While Jones Jr. stayed hot, Derrick Walton Jr. stayed cold, shooting just 1-of-6 from the field. Walton’s only field goal came on a banked-in three-point attempt, his first make from long distance so far this summer. He finished with four points, six assists and three steals. Walton Jr. has proven he can score at a high level, so it’s only a matter of time before the lid comes off the basket.
Ike Nwamu moved to a reserve role on Tuesday night, scoring five points and adding an assist in just 13 minutes off the bench. He scored his five points the same way he did in his NBA debut, knocking down a three-pointer and converting a prolific alley-oop in transition.
Were exclamation points an acceptable form of daily punctuation, Ike Nwamu would have earned himself one here. pic.twitter.com/bORFDsLloH
— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) July 4, 2018
San Antonio Spurs 103, Atlanta Hawks 81
Notable Performances: Spurs guard Derrick White led the team in scoring yet again, posting 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds as San Antonio flew by the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. John Collins marked one of the lone bright spots for the Hawks, posting 19 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-15 shooting in the game. Highly-touted rookie guard Trae Young continued to struggle from the field, scoring just 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting, moving his total NBA Summer League shooting percentage to just 25.0%
Skyforce Connections: After being listed on the official San Antonio Summer League roster, Kris Jenkins was left off of the box score entirely yet again last night for the Spurs. Summer League rosters are fluid, so there is a chance the Spurs have already moved on from Jenkins.
Memphis Grizzlies 95, Utah Jazz 92
Notable Performances: After dropping 29 points in his NBA debut on Monday night, Jaren Jackson Jr. came back to earth Tuesday with a stat line of 10 points and eight rebounds. However, he was accompanied by some big-time performances by former NBA G League players Kobi Simmons (20 points), Wayne Seldon Jr. (20 points) and Deyonta Davis (17 points). Naz Mitrou-Long scored a team-high 19 points to accompany eight assists in the Jazz loss, while Tony Bradley (18 points, 14 rebounds) and Georges Niang (18 points, 10 rebounds) each posted 18-point double-doubles.
Skyforce Connections: Former Skyforce forward Erik McCree went down as a DNP – Coach’s Decision for the second straight game, and will look to see the floor in the Jazz’ final game of the Utah Jazz Summer League on Thursday, July 5 before the team heads to Las Vegas.
Golden State Warriors 71, Sacramento Kings 54
Notable Performances: Golden State improved to 2-0 so far in July as Jacob Evans scored a team-high 13 points to lead the way. Josh Magette (12 points) joined Evans as the only players in double figures, but a well-rounded attack saw all 10 players that entered the game score at least three points for the Warriors. Justin Jackson scored a team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the way for Sacramento in the loss.
Skyforce Connections: None.