Houston’s Inexperienced shines as Virus disrupts NBA Summer time League

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jalen Green was in Houston without any of his teammates on his NBA Summer League debut due to COVID-19 logs, for the same reason the Washington-Indiana game was postponed.

The second overall selection from this year’s draft helped bring the headlines back to the field.

Green scored 23 points to top all five starters in double digits and won a matchup with Cleveland’s Evan Mobley, who was number 3 overall when the Rockets beat the Cavaliers 84-76 on Sunday night.

A few hours before Atlanta and Boston gave a tip to open the Las Vegas Summer League, the league announced the postponement of the Wizards’ game against the Pacers as the contact tracing left Washington without enough players.

There was no word from the NBA about Washington’s next scheduled game against Sacramento on Tuesday.

Houston Guard Armoni Brooks was also out due to COVID-19 logs, but the game continued.

Skipping college and preparing for the draft by playing in the G League, Green was 9 of 18 off the field and had five rebounds.

“The ultimate goal for G League Ignite was to be a pro and learn the game as best we can before we advance to the NBA,” said Green. “I think we succeeded. We learned to be a professional on and off the pitch. I think I showed it tonight. “

Green was expected to be the top of the league for the Rockets and only had two assists, but the second was a pass to a cutting KJ Martin Jr. for a dunk and a 76-72 lead with 2:32 remaining. Martin then hit a 3 for a six point lead and finished with 17 points.

Mobley, the 7-footer who turned pro after a season in Southern California, struggled off the field, going 6 of 17 for 12 points with five rebounds and three blocks.

Turk Alperen Sengun, one of four first-round picks for Houston after Oklahoma City took 16th overall selection, had 15 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Josh Christopher, the 24th pick, scored 13th.

Isaac Okoro, the Cavaliers’ fifth overall win last year, led Cleveland with 17 points. Lamar Stevens had 15 points and nine rebounds. Mfiondu Kabengele had nine boards.

THUNDER 76, PISTON 72

Theo Maledon had 15 points and 11 assists, and Oklahoma City beat Cade Cunningham and Detroit in their debut for the number one Summer League standings.

Josh Giddey, the Thunder’s top pick this year at No. 6 from Australia, didn’t return after sprained an ankle in the first quarter.

Cunningham, who spent a season in the state of Oklahoma, scored 12 points on a 5-of-17 shooter and had five of the Pistons’ 20 strokes. Second year player Saddiq Bey led Detroit with 14 points.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 14 points for the Thunder and Aaron Wiggins added 13.

RAPTORS 89, KINKS 79

Fourth overall winner Scottie Barnes had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to help Toronto beat New York.

Malachi Flynn, a late first-round pick last year, led the Raptors with 23 points, making four of five 3-pointers.

Second year player Obi Toppin led the Knicks with 24 points. He and Jericho Sims, a second-round pick that year, had eight rebounds each.

Barnes, Toronto’s highest draft pick since Andrea Bargnani took first place in 2006, was 7 of 18 out of the field.

Flynn hit a 3-pointer and Ishmail Wainright scored five of his 10 points during a 10-0 run for a 56-45 lead in Toronto late in the third quarter.

Wainright opened the fourth quarter with a 3, which started a 12-4 run. The former Baylor security guard also ended the sprint with two free throws for a 73-57 lead.

Immanuel Quickley had 15 points and eight assists for the Knicks. Toronto’s Freddie Gillespie led all rebounders at 13.

HEAT 97, NUGGETS 77

Undrafted rookie RJ Nembhard Jr. scored 18 points on his Summer League debut, and Miami drove past Denver.

KZ Okpala had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Max Strus scored 13 points for the heat. Nembhard was 8 of 12 off the field and had six rebounds.

Bol Bol and Caleb Agada each scored 21 points for the nuggets. Agada also has eight rebounds and five assists.

LAKERS 73, SUNS 72

Austin Reaves put-back on a missed 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds to go and lifted Los Angeles over Phoenix.

Jaleen Smith made one of two free throws to give the Suns a 72-71 lead with 11 seconds remaining. Vic Law missed a 3-pointer for LA, but Reaves jumped for the rebound and put in a 15-footer before coming back.

Phoenix’s Jalen Smith missed a 3 on the buzzer.

Devontae Cacok led the Lakers with 13 points and reached Law for the team leadership with seven rebounds. Reaves and Chaundee Brown each scored 11 points and Mac McClung had 10, including a tie diver in the last minute.

Jalen Smith had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Jaleen Smith scored 13.

CELTICS 85, HAWKS 83

Payton Pritchard scored 23 points with all seven buckets on 3-pointers, and Boston beat Atlanta.

Pritchard was 7 out of 15 out of 3 while missing his three attempts at the bow, and the second year Guardian had five rebounds and five assists. Carsen Edwards had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Jalen Johnson, Duke’s 20th overall pick, led the Hawks with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Skylar Mays and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell each scored 13 points.

The Celtics were 81:77 behind in the last minute when Pritchard hit a 3, then Romeo Langford supported the green 3 with 12 seconds to go after Juhann Begarin’s steal. Langford scored 12 points.

TRAIL BLAZERS 93, HORNETS 86

Antonio Blakeney scored 27 points and 9-of-10 shooting, leading Portland over Charlotte.

James Bouknight, the Hornets’ eleventh overall pick, scored 19 points while the No. 19 pick Kai Jones had 10 points and 10 rebounds. LiAngelo Ball scored 16 points for Charlotte.

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