Game Recaps - Day 3

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Mavericks 20 24 23 20 9 3 2 101
Knicks 21 20 20 26 9 3 4 103
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Michael Sweetney and Frank Williams each hit a pair of free-throws in the third overtime and Jamiel Rich's attempt at a last second game winning three-pointer at the buzzer went off the rim allowing the New York Knicks (2-1) to outlast the Dallas Mavericks (1-1) in the opening game of Wednesday's action at the Reebok Pro Summer League in Boston. Williams hit for a league high 35 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the way for the Knicks.

The win capped a big comeback by the Knicks who trailed by ten early in the fourth quarter. Dallas had what appeared to be a comfortable lead when Rich hit a 22-foot jumper and Tony Stanley converted a turnover into a fast-break layup to give the Mavericks a 71-61 lead with 9:06 left in the fourth quarter. But Billy Keys led the Knicks on a 16-8 run to tie the game at 77-77 with 4:04 left in regulation. Four ties and two lead changes later, Stanley hit a 16-footer to give Dallas an 87-85 lead with 27.6 seconds left. But Williams, who went 13-for-15 from the line on the day, calmly hit two free throws with 14.6 seconds left. The Knicks had a chance to win it in regulation when, on the ensuing inbounds pass Aaron McGhee committed a turnover, but Williams missed an 18-footer and the game was headed to overtime.

The Knicks looked to have the game won in the first overtime when Williams hit two more free throws with 7.6 seconds left to give them a 96-93 lead. The lead looked secure when Rich made only one of his two free throws with 4.0 seconds. But Stanley had a huge offensive rebound, as he grabbed Rich's miss and made a layup to tie the game at 96-96. New York could not get off a shot on its final possession, and the game was headed to a second overtime.

Whereas both teams shot well from the field in the first overtime (New York at 66.7 percent and Dallas at 57.1 percent), both were ice cold in the second, combining to hit just 2 of 7 shots, Dallas's coming on a layup by Derrick Alston and New Yorks' on a three-pointer by Williams with 1:15 left to put the Knicks ahead 99-98. Dallas had a chance to take the lead but Alston hit just one of two free throws with 50.8 seconds left. Both teams had opportunities to keep the game from going to triple overtime. Williams missed a 19-footer with 33.1 seconds left, Chris Herren missed a layup with 20.0 seconds left, and Williams missed a 10-footer in the last second.

The Mavs' strategy in the third overtime appeared to be to make the Knicks win it at the foul line. The Knicks did just that, taking just one shot from the field but converting four of their five free throw attempts. Dallas had plenty of opportunities but could not hit any of their seven shots in the overtime including three-point attempts by Stanley with 4.7 seconds left and by Rich at the buzzer.

It was evident early that this would be a close game. The Knicks led by one, 21-20 at the end of the first quarter and the Mavs held a 44-41 advantage at the half.

Maciej Lampe added 21 points for the Knicks and Sweetney had his best game thus far, recording a double-double (20 points,13 rebounds). Dallas had five players in double figures including Herren who had a double-double (16 points, 10 assists) Alston who led the team in scoring with 17 points.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Wizards 24 25 18 21 88
Sixers 15 15 24 20 74
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Kwame Brown had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Bobby Simmons hit for a game-high 19 points as the Washington Wizards (1-2) won their first game of the 2003 Reebok Summer Pro League, 88-74 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. Washington's inside game keyed the victory as they out rebounded Philadelphia 38-26.

The 76ers took a 3-2 lead at the 9:12 mark of the first quarter on a three-pointer by Willie Green. It was their only lead of the game. Washington went on a 20-8 run to take a 22-11 lead, keyed by a well-balanced attack. Simmons, Brown and guards Juan Dixon and Steve Blake each had four points during the 6:55 span and the Wizards never looked back. In the second quarter, Brown went 3-for-3 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line in the second quarter and Maurice Evans added eight as the Wizards built their lead to 19, 49-30 at the break.

Philadelphia began to heat up in the second half as Sam Clancy and John Salmons combined for 14 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 67-54 entering the fourth quarter. The 76ers had a chance to get back in the game as the Wizards managed to shoot just 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) from the field in the fourth quarter, but Washington was able to get to the foul line, converting 9-of-11 free throws to maintain a double-digit lead the entire quarter.

Evans (14 points) and Dennis Marconato (10 rebounds) made key contributions off the bench for the Wizards. Kyle Korver and Salmons (16 points each) led four 76ers in double figures in the losing effort.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Spurs 21 17 22 25 85
Celtics 16 11 15 15 57
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Their roster may not be stocked with the same players who won the NBA finals last month, but the San Antonio Spurs' entry in the 2003 Reebok Pro Summer League are playing like world champions. The Spurs completed their second consecutive rout, defeating the Boston Celtics 85-57 Wednesday night. Devin Brown (game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds) and Udonis Haslem (16 points and 11 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles to pace the Spurs (2-0).

The outcome of this game was never in much doubt after the Spurs ran off 11 straight points, seven of them by Devin Brown in a span of 2:28 midway through the second quarter to break a 24-24 tie and take a 35-24 lead. The Celtics did not help themselves as they turned the ball over three times during the Spurs run.

Things did not improve for the Celtics in the second half. They shot just 31.0 percent, and were out-rebounded 23-13, (San Antonio ended up with a huge 42-26 advantage on the boards). The Spurs kept pouring it on, led by as many as 30 points as they closed out the game on a 17-3 run to take the easy win. Ernest Brown scored 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter and A.J. Guyton came off the bench to score 7 of his 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Kedrick Brown and Marcus Banks led the Celtics with 15 points each. Banks added 5 assists and Brandon Hunter pulled down 8 rebounds for Boston.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Cavaliers 18 17 14 14 63
Nets 19 14 21 17 71
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The New Jersey Nets got double-figure scoring from all five of their starters on their way to a 71-63 victory over the winless Cleveland Cavaliers (0-2) in Wednesday's nightcap at the Reebok Pro Summer League. Donny Marshall led the Nets (2-1) with 22 points and the Nets held the Cavaliers to 38.1 percent from the field.

After trailing 35-33 at halftime, the Nets broke open a close game with a 16-5 run to open the third quarter. A fast-break layup and three-pointer by Marshall, a layup and running jumper by Zoran Planinic, a jumper and layup by Jonathan Kerner and a 21-footer by Brian Scalabrine gave the Nets a 49-40 lead with 3:42 left in the third quarter. Carlos Boozer and Darius Miles led a comeback to pull the Nets to within 52-49 but Planinic hit a last second 17-footer to give the Nets a 54-49 advantage after three.

New Jersey's frontcourt of Marshall, Scalabrine and Kerner were too much for the Cavs in the fourth quarter as they combined for 13 of their team's 17 points. They led by as many as 10 points on their way to the win.

Miles (19 points) led the Cavaliers who played without LeBron James who was attending the ESPY awards.

Written by: Mike Swartz

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