Game Recaps - Day 2


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Knicks 18 13 22 17 70
Wizards 20 10 17 12 59
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New York's backcourt of Tyrone Nesby and Frank Williams combined for 32 points to lead the Knicks (1-1) to a 70-59 win over the Washington Wizards (0-2) at the Reebok Pro Summer League. New York's bench was the difference as Amal McCaskill and Billy Keys led an 11-2 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn a close game into a double-digit victory.

Washington closed to within 47-45 on a Juan Dixon jumper with 1:43 left in the third quarter. Matt Carroll made his first appearance in the game and promptly hit a pair of free throws, McCaskill connected on a hook shot and Keys hit a 19-footer to give the Knicks a 53-47 lead entering the final quarter. Both teams went cold early in the fourth as neither could hit from the field for the first 3:18 of the quarter. Finally, Keys and McCaskill each made layups, the Knicks had an 11-point lead at 58-47 and they never looked back.

Jarvis Hayes, the 10th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, got the Wizards off to a good start early, scoring six of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter to give Washington a 20-18 lead after one quarter. Neither team was able to take control as they combined to shoot just 26.7 percent in the second quarter, and the Knicks held a one-point advantage at the half, 31-30. Hayes and Dixon each scored six points for the Wizards in the third quarter and the Knicks, although they shot 72.7 percent in the quarter, including a combined 5-for-6 by Williams and Nesby, could not pull away. But McCaskill and Keys hit big shots in the quarter's final minute to start the Knicks' run as they took control.

Washington held New York's top draft picks, Michael Sweetney and Maciej Lampe to a combined eight points, but the Nesby and Williams were too much for the Wizards.

Written by: Mike Swartz


Sixers 18 13 14 22 67
Bucks 20 11 21 13 65
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Efthimios Rentzias hit a 19-foot jump shot with 3.6 seconds left in the game to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 67-65 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Reebok Pro Summer League. The Sixers erased a seven-point deficit entering the fourth quarter behind the scoring of John Salmons and Willie Green to post the victory.

Milwaukee (1-1) went on an 11-2 run in the last 3:52 of the third quarter to take a 52-45 lead into the final quarter. Desmond Ferguson and Alex Scales each hit a three-pointer and the Bucks looked to be in control. But the 76ers (1-1) came right back, scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter. Salmons made a lay-up on the first possession of the quarter, Green drained a three and then converted a Milwaukee turnover into a fast-break lay-up to tie the game at 52-52. After the Bucks took a 60-57 lead, Rentzias hit a three to tie the game with 4:14 left to play.

Kyle Korver then hit a three and Salmons made a layup to give Philadelphia what seemed to be a comfortable 65-60 lead with 2:16 left in the game, but the Bucks came right back. Dan Gadzuirc hit one-of-two free throws and T.J. Ford converted a Sam Clancy blocked shot into a fast-break layup to cut the Philadelphia lead to 65-63 and after a big defensive stop, guard Norm Richardson hit a 19-footer to tie the game. But Philadelphia ran the clock down and set up Rentzias for the game winning shot.

The game was close throughout as there were seven lead changes and it was tied 13 times. Neither team led by more than four from midway through the first quarter through the second quarter, which ended with the teams tied 31-31. Neither team could pull ahead by more than three until the Bucks went on their run to end the third, and that was matched by 76ers run at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Green led all scorers with 15 points and Rentzias scored 13 and pulled down eight rebounds. Marcus Haislip led the Bucks with 14 points and Ford added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Written by: Mike Swartz


Hawks 14 25 17 14 70
Mavericks 27 18 22 20 87
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Chris Herren, performing before his hometown crowd, came off the bench to score 19 points and dish out a game-high six assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to their first win at the Reebok Pro Summer League, 87-70 over the Atlanta Hawks (1-1). Tony Stanley (16 points) and Marcus Goree (11 points) also made key contributions off the bench for the Mavericks who led virtually start to finish.

Atlanta (1-1) led only once in the game, 2-0 before, Dallas took over, going on a 15-4 run keyed by a three-point play by Kaniel Dickens, a pair of layups by Jemeil Rich and a pair of jumpers by Derrick Allston. The Mavs never looked back, leading by as many as 15 points early in the second quarter.

Kyle Korver then hit a three and Salmons made a layup to give Philadelphia what seemed to be a comfortable 65-60 lead with 2:16 left in the game, but the Bucks came right back. Dan Gadzuirc hit one-of-two free throws and T.J. Ford converted a Sam Clancy blocked shot into a fast-break layup to cut the Philadelphia lead to 65-63 and after a big defensive stop, guard Norm Richardson hit a 19-footer to tie the game. But Philadelphia ran the clock down and set up Rentzias for the game winning shot.

The Hawks tried to claw their way back late in the half as Dan Dickau and Travis Hansen each scored five points in span of 3:02 and Dallas was within six points at the break, 45-39. A three-pointer by Dickau, a jumper by Elton Tyler and a free throw by Boris Diaw brought the Hawks to within two at 49-47 midway through the third quarter, but Herren made sure that was as close as Atlanta would get. The product of Fall River, MA. and a former member of the Celtics, ignited the crowd with a driving finger roll and a pair of 3-pointers and just as quickly as Dallas's lead shrunk, it grew again, this time to 11 at the end of the quarter, 67-56. Stanley poured in ten points in the fourth quarter and the Mavs led by as many as 19 points through most of the most of the final quarter on the way to the win.

Dickau led the way for Atlanta with 19 points while Hansen (12 points) and Corey Benjamin (10 points) hit for double-figures for the Hawks.

Written by: Mike Swartz


Nets 27 14 10 23 74
Spurs 20 24 21 28 93
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The San Antonio Spurs shot 69.0 percent in the second half to break open a close game at halftime and cruise to a 93-74 win over the New Jersey Nets at the Reebok Pro Summer League Tuesday night. Devin Brown and Udonis Haslem led the way combining to shoot 11-for-15 in the half to lead the Spurs to the blowout win.

San Antonio (1-0) turned a three-point halftime lead into a 14-point lead after three. Eight players scored for the Spurs who held the Nets to just 4-for-11 (.36.4 percent) from the floor in the quarter. Haslem came off the bench to score six points as the Spurs outscored the Nets 21-10 in the quarter. Brown added nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Spurs stretched their lead to as many as 23 points before settling for the 19 point win.

New Jersey (1-1) got off to a good start, led by Donny Marshall and Jason Hart who scored seven points each in the first quarter, and they led 27-20 after one. But, led by Nate Johnson, (19 points and seven rebounds), San Antonio went on an 18-2 run to start the second quarter and turn a seven point deficit into a nine point lead. Although Tamar Slay led a New Jersey rally to cut the halftime deficit to 44-41, San Antonio's run in the third quarter put the game out of reach.

The Nets wasted a strong performance by Marshall who went 8-for-9 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line (22 points) to go with four rebounds and six steals. Haslam pulled down eight rebounds to go with his team high 20 points and Slay added 15 for the Nets.

Written by: Mike Swartz


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