The second day of bracket play at the Las Vegas Summer League took place Thursday, with eight games on the schedule and a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. Below, we’ll break down the day’s scores and highlights.
San Antonio Spurs 86, New Orleans Pelicans 81
Bryn Forbes went off Thursday evening, posting 29 points and five assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to the quarterfinals with an 86-81 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Derrick White chimed in with 15 points, but Forbes was the headliner, nailing shots like this one from the corner, per the Spurs:
And setting up his teammates:
The Pelicans had a balanced performance, meanwhile, with five players in double-digit scoring, led by Quinn Cook (16 points, seven assists) and Cheick Diallo (13 points, 13 rebounds). It wasn’t enough to stay alive in Las Vegas, however.
The Spurs now await the winner of the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors matchup.
Brooklyn Nets 85, Denver Nuggets 74
The Nets continued their quality run through the summer league, using a balanced effort to knock off the Nuggets in an easy win.
No one on the team scored 15 points, but seven players were between eight and 14 points for Brooklyn.
Isaiah Whitehead was the top option with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds to go with some quality highlights:
Milton Doyle also had a strong effort while finishing 6-of-9 from the field.
The defense was even more impressive, holding Denver to 32.1 percent shooting from the field. This play from Archie Goodwin showcased the effort on both ends of the court:
Malik Beasley was the only real offensive weapon for the Nuggets, scoring 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range.
Brooklyn will advance to the next round of the playoffs to take on the winner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Boston Celtics 93, Golden State Warriors 69
The Celtics showcased their depth Thursday with a dominant performance over the defending champs even without Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown.
Jabari Bird put on a show as he scored 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. His jump shot was really working in this game:
The second-round pick showed why he should earn a spot in what should be a deep rotation in Boston.
Meanwhile, 2016 first-round pick Ante Zizic performed well with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, also going 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Patrick McCaw helped the Warriors with 20 points but still finished minus-25. Jordan Bell was also minus-25 with just four points as he failed to build off his breakout performance.
The Celtics will now take on the winner of the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Miami Heat 91, Los Angeles Clippers 84
It was a close battle, but a high-scoring trio for Miami helped hand the Clippers their first loss of the Vegas Summer League.
Okaro White scored 23 points, Justin Robinson had 22 and Gian Clavell added 20 to lead the way for the Heat. These players were responsible for 71.4 percent of the scoring for the team, helped out significantly by their 12 combined made three-pointers on 25 attempts.
Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel discussed the outside shooting (Miami finished 15-of-37 as a team):
Robinson was especially impressive, showing size doesn’t matter while knocking down shots from everywhere:
The 5’8″ guard added six assists and four steals. Combined with the game-winning shot from the last time out, he is stating his case for a spot on the team next year.
Brice Johnson had a solid effort for Los Angeles, but his 13 points and six rebounds weren’t enough for a win.
The Heat now get a day off before taking on either the Phoenix Suns or Memphis Grizzlies.