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2021 Summer League Standouts, Day 2

Udoka Azubuike finishes 9-for-9 from the field with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

 

A look at top performers from Day 2 at Salt Lake City and California (Sacramento):

Udoka Azubuike, Utah Jazz White

Azubuike is going to be a problem. He certainly was for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

The 7-foot, 270-pound behemoth dominated the Jazz White’s over the Grizzlies, finishing with 19 points on 9-of-9 shooting to go with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Azubuike added three blocks and two steals on the defensive end while committing only two personal fouls.

Azubuike, the 27th pick in the 2020 Draft, saw limited action in only 15 NBA contests last season, as an ankle injury suffered in January while playing in the G League kept him sidelined for several months.

Heading into his second NBA season, Azubuike will look to secure a more consistent role with the Jazz. The 21-year-old will battle recent addition Hassan Whiteside for minutes at center behind reigning Kia Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.

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— utahjazz (@utahjazz)


Max Strus & Omer Yurtseven, Miami Heat

Playing in his first game since signing a two-year deal with the Heat, Max Strus scored a game-high 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 5-of-11 shooting from deep in Miami’s over Golden State.

But it wasn’t a one-man show for the Heat. One night after scoring 27 points with 19 rebounds, Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven posted 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as Miami won both of its games at the California Classic.

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Devontae Cacok, Lakers storm back to beat Kings in California Classic finale

Devontae Cacok helped the Lakers rally from a 12-point deficit.


• Lakers 78, Spurs 54:  | 


The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings 84-74 in the California Classic at Golden 1 Center on Wednesday night.

It took five ties and eight lead changes to determine a winner, with the Lakers finishing on a 14-3 run to prevail. The Kings led 71-70 before that run, with Los Angeles outscoring Sacramento in the fourth quarter 33 to 17. The Lakers’ bench ended up outscoring the Kings’ by 26 points (47-21). Los Angeles did not shoot well from 3-point range (6-of-22 as a team) — but Sacramento shot just 12 percent from long distance, hitting only two of its 17 attempts. The Lakers forced 19 turnovers on the night, 15 of which were committed by the Kings’ starting five.

Devontae Cacok led the Lakers with 13 points, six rebounds and two steals. Undrafted rookie Mac McLung tallied 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Chaundee Brown led the bench with 12 points and three rebounds. Yoeli Childs also provided nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks off the bench as well.

Louis King led the Kings with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Emanuel Terry amassed 16 points and nine rebounds. No. 9 overall pick Davion Mitchell had 10 points and three boards but committed four turnovers and seven fouls in 29 minutes. Ade Murkey led the bench with nine points.

That marks the end of the California Classic. Both teams will head to Nevada for the Las Vegas Summer League, which tips off Sunday.

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Udoka Azubuike, Trent Forrest too much for Grizzlies in Jazz White victory

The Jazz White team improved to 2-0 and as the five starters combined for 74 points.


• Jazz White 94, Grizzlies 74:  | 


The Utah Jazz White defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 94-75 at the Salt Lake City Summer League at Vivint Arena on Wednesday night.

Utah White has been the best team in the Utah Summer League, and a wire-to-wire win here shows why. They kicked things off with a 26-18 first quarter and put the game away behind a 19-10 second quarter. That 17-point lead was extended to 25 points at times, with Memphis never getting within double-digits in the second half. Utah White outscored Memphis in the paint, 48-28. That led to the Jazz shooting 51 percent from the field while holding the Grizzlies below 36 percent shooting.

Shaq Buchanan led the Grizzlies with 17 points, two rebounds and three assists. Keaton Wallace matched those 17 points to lead the bench, providing three rebounds, three assists and three steals as well. Ahmad Caver tallied 12 points, three rebounds and seven assists.

All five starters reached double figures for Utah, with Udoka Azubuike leading the team with 19 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Trent Forest provided 10 points, three rebounds, 13 assists and three steals. Jarrell Brantley amassed 19 points and five boards.

Both teams will finish off their Utah Summer League on Friday, with Utah White facing Utah Blue and Memphis playing the San Antonio Spurs.

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Max Strus, Omer Yurtseven combine for 52 points as Heat improve to 2-0

Max Strus gets loose Wednesday night with 27 points, including 5 3-pointers.


• Heat 84, Warriors 87:  | 


Max Strus scored 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting shooting and Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven added 25 and eight boards to spoil impressive performances by the Warriors’ two first round-picks and lead the Miami Heat to a 94-87 win over Golden State in their California Classic Summer League clash at Golden 1 Center on Wednesday night.

The game was a see-saw battle that included eight lead changes and seven ties. Miami forged a 10-point lead through the first period, but its advantage was down to six to start the final period. Golden State briefly found itself ahead by a 78-76 score with 6:33 remaining before the Heat finished the game on an 18-9 run over the final 5:21 to seal the victory. The Warriors’ second unit performed well in defeat, outscoring Miami’s bench by a 30-21 margin.

Strus, who agreed to re-sign with the Heat earlier in the week, added five rebounds, one assist and one block to his aforementioned game-high scoring tally. The rest of Yurtseven’s impressive line consisted of one assist, three blocks and one steal. Marcus Garrett posted an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included three assists and four steals. Tyson Carter matched Garrett’s scoring tally and also posted five assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Moses Moody, the No. 14 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, paced the Warriors with 19 points to go with seven rebounds and two assists. Seventh overall selection Jonathan Kuminga furnished 18 points, three boards, two steals and one block. Gary Payton II and Jeff Dowtin chipped in 13 points apiece, with Payton also recording eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

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Salt Lake City Summer League: MaCio Teague leads Jazz Blue past Spurs

Former Baylor guard MaCio Teague was impressive with 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting.


• Jazz Blue 78, Spurs 54:  | 


MaCio Teague scored 26 points on 50 percent shooting to lead the Utah Jazz Blue to a 78-54 rout of the San Antonio Spurs in their Salt lake City Summer League clash at Vivint Arena on Wednesday evening.

The Blue set the tone with a strong first half that saw them forge a 37-26 lead by intermission. The contest featured only four lead changes, with Utah forging as much as a 26-point edge in the second half. One of the Blue’s big statistical advantages came in second-unit scoring, as their bench outscored San Antonio’s by a 36-18 margin.

Devin Vassell led the Spurs with 14 points, and added eight rebounds, one assist and two steals. Rookie first-round pick Joshua Primo contributed 11 points, three boards and two assists. Jaylen Morris supplied eight points and six rebounds. Matt Mitchell poured in seven points, while second-round selection Joe Wieskamp finished with five points, six rebounds and one assist.

Teague supplemented his game-high scoring tally with three rebounds and one steal. D.J. Funderburk totaled 12 points, four boards and one steal. Malik Newman delivered nine points, four rebounds and one assist. Kyle Fogg and Kyle Allman generated matching eight-point tallies while pulling in five and four rebounds, respectively. Fogg also recorded two steals and one block, while Allman dished out five assists.

The Blue faces off with the Utah Jazz White on Friday night, while the Spurs tangle with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Twin towers in Philly; 76ers sign center Andre Drummond

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have signed nine-year veteran center Andre Drummond.

— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers)

Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed. Drummond joins Philadelphia after splitting the 2020-21 season with Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 6-foot-10, 279-pound Drummond, a two-time All-Star, will wear No. 1 for the Sixers. He appeared in 46 games (all starts) last season and averaged 14.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 27.0 minutes per outing. He was one of just three NBA players, including new teammate Joel Embiid, to average a point-rebound double-double as well as one steal and one block last season.

“We’re excited to add a veteran player of his caliber to our roster and look forward to the impact he’ll make this season,” said Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, who announced the signing.

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Jock Landale reportedly signs with Spurs, Olympics may send even more international players to NBA

Jock Landale reportedly signs with Spurs, Olympics may send even more international players to NBA

The Spurs are signing center Jock Landale of the Australian Boomers, according to multiple reports.

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — There were 49 NBA players at the Tokyo Games when the Olympics started.

Make it 50.

The San Antonio Spurs have reportedly agreed to terms with Australia center Jock Landale to a two-year contract on Wednesday — one day before Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the coach of the U.S. men’s national team, faces Landale and the Australians in the Olympic semifinals.

Australian center Jock Landale — the 2021 NBL Grand Final MVP — has agreed to a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, his agent Sammy Wloszczowski of tells .

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)

“One of the hardest workers in the game just kept getting better until he was inevitable,” Landale’s agent, Sammy Wloszczowski of SIG Sports, .

Landale going to the Spurs adds another interesting subplot to the U.S.-Australia semifinal. The primary one might be this: Patty Mills, who was the longest-tenured current Spurs player for Popovich before agreeing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets this week, is the starting point guard for the Boomers. Mills’ decision, first reported by ESPN, was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person with knowledge of the agreement.

“He’s obviously meant a great deal to me for a very long time,” Mills — who has yet not addressed the decision to join the Nets specifically, instead insisting his focus remain on Australia’s Olympic quest — said on Tuesday of Popovich.

Landale wasn’t an unknown entity to NBA teams before Tokyo.

He had been part of summer league before and had tried in the past to get into the NBA, but his play in these Olympics made it clear that his game would fit in the U.S. He’s shooting 55% in the Olympics, sixth-best in the tournament, while making half his 3-point tries and tying for the free-throw percentage so far after shooting 11 for 12 there.

“There’s a lot of really good players in it all started in ’92, with the Dream Team,” USA Basketball men’s national managing director Jerry Colangelo said. “For some reason, that exposed the game in a way that never had been done before, and international players started really dreaming about making it to the NBA.”

Of the four teams and 48 players left in the Olympic men’s field, there are 32 with current or past NBA ties — all 12 from the U.S. roster, eight from Australia, eight from France and four from Slovenia.

“At the end of the day, it just shows our game is becoming more international,” U.S. center Bam Adebayo said.

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California Classic Summer League: Warriors defeat Kings 89-82 in overtime

California Classic Summer League Game Recap: Warriors 89, Kings 82 (OT)

• Warriors 89, Kings 82 (OT): |

SACRAMENTO — The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 89-82 in the California Classic at Golden 1 Center on Tuesday.

There were 10 ties and 12 lead changes in this closely-fought battle, taking an overtime session to determine a winner. The Warriors dominated that extra session, outscoring the Kings 9-2. Neither team led by more than eight points, with the final margin being Golden State’s largest lead of the game. The Warriors ended up out-assisting the Kings 19-11.

Additionally, Golden State shot 31% from the field and 77% from the free-throw line while holding Sacramento to 19% from long range and 59% from the charity stripe.

The Kings (0-1) were led by Davion Mitchell, the No. 9 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. He tallied 23 points, three rebounds and three steals in the loss. No other starter reached double figures in scoring, but Emanuel Terry had 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Matt Coleman led the bench with 14 points, two rebounds and four assists.

The Warriors (1-0) were led by Jeff Dowtin, who poured in 21 points, along with two rebounds and three assists. Jordan Schakel totaled 13 points and three rebounds. Justinian Jessup accrued 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Selom Mawugbe added 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday, with Golden State playing the Miami Heat and Sacramento squaring off with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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California Classic Summer League: Heat outlast Lakers 80-78

California Classic Summer League Game Highlights: Heat 80, Lakers 78

• Heat 80, Lakers 78:  |

SACRAMENTO — Omer Yurtseven scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Miami Heat to an 80-78 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the on Tuesday at Golden 1 Center.

Yurtseven had a great performance, shooting 11-for-20 from the field, including 3-for-7 from long range, while hauling in 19 rebounds in 32 minutes of action. The Heat had four other players score in double-digits, as Dru Smith and D.J. Stewart Jr. added 11 points each. Marcus Garrett and Javonte Smart chipped in 10 points a piece.

The Heat opened the game with a 10-0 lead to start, but the Lakers brought it back to a five-point game heading into the second quarter. The Lakers kept the momentum going and rallied to a 49-46 lead by halftime. The score stayed tight the rest of the way and was all tied up at 78 with six seconds to go, when Yurtseven hit two free throws to seal the win.

Meanwhile, Devontae Cacok led the way for the Lakers with team highs of 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes. Austin Reaves also had a solid outing, scoring 11 points and adding six rebounds and three blocks.

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Salt Lake City Summer League: Forrest's 19 points fuel Jazz White victory

Salt Lake City Summer League Game Highlights: Jazz White 87, Spurs 58

• Jazz White 87, Spurs 58:  |

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz White defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 87-58, in the Salt Lake City Summer League at Vivint Arena on Tuesday.

The Jazz White won this game in wire-to-wire fashion, thanks to a 17-10 first quarter. It was actually tied at times in the second quarter but the Jazz White team put the game to bed behind a 28-12 third quarter and a 25-15 fourth quarter. The Jazz’s defense was the difference, holding the Spurs to 34% from the field and 14% from 3-point range. The Jazz White outscored San Antonio in the paint 48-30 while out-assisting them 19-12. The Jazz also won the rebounding battle, 61-40.

The San Antonio Spurs were led by Justin Turner and his 13 points and seven rebounds. Matt Mitchell led the bench with 11 points and two boards. No other player reached double figures in scoring and no one on the team had more than three assists. DaQuan Jeffries did accrue eight points, seven rebounds and two steals.

The Utah Jazz White’s leading scorer was Trent Forrest, who provided 19 points, four rebounds and seven assists on 8-for-11 shooting. Udoka Azubuike amassed eight points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. Jarrell Brantley went just 2-for-11 from the field but still collected 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Juwan Morgan led the bench with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday, with the Utah Jazz White facing the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio playing Utah Jazz Blue.