One day. Six games. Six videos. To add a bit to the "Day Eleven" Recap of our NBA Summer League coverage, each game on today's slate will have a video clip attached to bring to life some of the highlight-reel plays of the day, starting with one of the schedule's most exciting endings between the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets.
Game 1: Washington Wizards def. Brooklyn Nets, 87-85 (4:00 PM ET)
In the first game of the day in Las Vegas, Washington and Brooklyn played an absolute thriller that ended with a Jarrell Eddie steal and coast-to-coast lay-up, that handed the Nets their first loss of the Las Vegas NBA Summer League season. The game wasn't littered with former Mountain West stars but San Diego State's J.J. O'Brien did start for Brooklyn, who rested guard/swingman Sean Kilpatrick on the day. O'Brien played over 24 minutes in a Brooklyn two-point defeat, contributing just 2 points that came from the three-throw line, in addition to snagging 3 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists.
Game 2: Portland Trailblazers def. Utah Jazz, 92-89 2OT (4:30 PM ET)
A second nail-biting finish between Portland and Utah was probably the only thing that could upstage the wild ending from the Wizards-Nets showdown, as this time it was the Trailblazers' Pat Connaughton who hit the game-winner, connecting on a long-range three pointer in the "sudden death" overtime period. The second leading scorer on the day for the Jazz (behind Trey Lyles' 30 point showing) was former Utah State standout Spencer Butterfield, who continued his string of hot shooting performances en route to a 13 point, 4 rebound outing.
Game 3: Boston Celtics def. Dallas Mavericks, 88-82 (6:00 PM ET)
In a contest of massive scoring outputs from duos on both teams, Boston's two-man wrecking crew of Terry Rozier (26 points) and Jaylen Brown (20 points) ended up getting a bit more from their supporting cast, helping the Celtics to a six-point win over the Mavericks. Dallas was led by it's own two-man show of Justin Anderson (29 points) and Jonathan Gibson (26 points), who scored all but 27 of their team's points on the day. With no Mountain West alumni in the mix, the focus is this one could be put on Anderson, who also added one of the most athletic blocks of the Summer League thus far, seemingly coming out of nowhere to thwart a Boston transition alley-oop attempt.
Game 4: Miami Heat def. Phoenix Suns, 80-71 (6:30 PM ET)
Former UNLV forward Chris Obekpa was the lone Mountain West name on the team sheet in this one, but as has been the case almost all summer long for the one-time Runnin' Rebel, Obekpa remained buried on the bench for another game. The 6' 9" Nigerian native has had a tough go of thing since leaving UNLV early to take his shot at the NBA, with a lack of a developed offensive skill-set not allowing him to log the necessary minutes to prove his worth at the defensive end of the floor. For this game's video clip, we go to the Phoenix Suns' Tyler Ulis, who used a hard ball-fake to get his defender in the air before stepping through for the and-one finish.
Game 5: Chicago Bulls def. San Antonio Spurs, 79-76 (8:00 PM ET)
Another Summer League game. Another serious lack of Mountain West influence. The Spurs and Bulls apparently decided to both look outside of the conference to fill their Summer League rosters and if this game was rated based off of it's exciting nature, certainly no awards would've been handed out in this post-game news conference. While the game may not have lived up the hype, there certainly were a few moments that turned some heads, including San Antonio's Jonathan Simmons unique "through-the-legs" dribbling skills on the way to the hoop.
Game 6: Golden State Warriors def. Philadelphia 76ers, 85-77 (8:30 PM ET)
The biggest match-up of two former Mountain West stars came in the nightcap of the six-game Tuesday schedule, where a duo of UNLV's finest in Christian Wood (Philadelphia) and Patrick McCaw (Golden State) finally got to square off head-to-head for the first time in Sin City. Golden State may have gotten the last laugh in the eight-point victory, helped by McCaw's 11 point outing on 5-8 shooting from the field but Wood definitely had the better of the individual performances, posting 22 points on an 8-12 shooting night, while also grabbing 5 rebounds. Most of the focus around the 76ers is always around Ben Simmons, who added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss, including an exciting put-back jam mid-way through the first quarter. Former Boise State forward James Webb III also logged 13 minutes for Philadelphia but failed to find himself in the scoring column.
The NBA Summer League continues on Wednesday with the first round of the tournament-style portion of the schedule. The official match-ups, times and locations of the games are expected to be announced sometime overnight by the NBA.