Game Recaps - Day 4

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Bucks 17 13 16 17 63
Spurs 10 15 18 23 66
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Eddie Gill hit two free throws with 8.6 seconds left in the game and Nate Johnson blocked Norm Richardson's attempt at a game-winning three-pointer to help keep the San Antonio Spurs undefeated at the Reebok Pro Summer League with a 66-63 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (1-2). Devin Brown scored 8 of his game high 18 points to lead a fourth quarter San Antonio comeback.

Unlike their first two games, which they won by an average of 23.5 points, the Spurs (3-0) needed to rally in the fourth quarter. They trailed, 53-47 with 7:04 left in the game before going on a 7-0 run in the next 2:02. Brown hit a jumper, A.J. Guyton hit a three-pointer and then a 17-footer to give San Antonio a 54-53 lead. The lead then changed hands three more times in the next 1:01 before Olumide Oyedeji hit a 10-foot turnaround to give the Spurs the lead for good, with 3:16 left in the game. Brown hit two key baskets and made a pair of free throws with 16.4 seconds left to give San Antonio what seemed to be a comfortable lead. Milwaukee gave them a scare, though, as Desmond Ferguson hit a three to get his team back to within a point. The Bucks immediately fouled Gill who had not yet scored in the game. But the Spurs guard hit both shots to make it 66-63. Johnson then made the big block and the Spurs came away with the win.

It was a disappointing loss for the Bucks who led for almost the entire first half, holding the Spurs to just 33.3 percent from the floor. They gave up the lead early in the third quarter and fell behind by 4 points before going on a 9-0 run, keyed by a pair of three-pointers by Szymon Szewczyk, to take a 41-36 lead midway through the third quarter. But their inability to put the Spurs away cost them the game, and allowed San Antonio to comeback and remain unbeaten.

Milwaukee played without its guard T.J. Ford, its first round draft pick, who had not yet returned from an appearance at the ESPY Awards.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Sixers 12 11 14 25 62
Hawks 23 19 20 24 86
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When neither your offense nor your defense is working effectively, your chances of winning a basketball game are not very good. The Philadelphia 76ers made that abundantly clear this afternoon, losing to the Atlanta Hawks 86-62 at the Reebok Pro Summer League in Boston. Philadelphia's defense committed 28 fouls resulting in Atlanta taking 31 free throws. Offensively, the 76ers committed 20 turnovers resulting in 20 Atlanta points. As a result of Philadelphia's generosity, Atlanta led from start to finish on the way to the easy victory.

The disparity in free throws was huge. Atlanta scored 25 points from the free throw line. Philadelphia went to the line only 13 times, making 7 of those shots. Atlanta was 7-for-11 from the line in the first quarter alone. To make matters worse, the 76ers turned the ball over 10 times resulting in an additional 9 Atlanta points. Jerry Holman scored 6 of his 13 points in the quarter as the Hawks led 21-12 after one and never looked back. Chris Porter and Tommy Adams each scored four points in the second quarter as the Hawks increased their lead to 42-23 at the half.

It was more of the same in the second half. Charles Smith scored 11 of his 13 points in the half. The 76ers could not get any closer than 14 points, finally losing by 24 points.

Willie Green was the only 76er in double-figures, scoring a game high 14 points.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Dallas 29 19 22 13 83
Cleveland 23 16 20 28 87
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The Cleveland Cavaliers scored the last 13 points of the game to turn a 9-point deficit, with less than three minutes left in the game, into a stunning 87-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks, in a thriller at the Reebok Pro Summer League, on Thursday. Dajuan Wagner scored 7 points during the run, including the game-winning free throw, with 4.9 seconds left in the game. The Cavaliers trailed for all but 51 seconds but they led when it counted, at the end.

The Cavaliers (1-2) found themselves down by 83-74, after a basket by Dallas's Jemeil Rich, with 3:22 left in the game. Those would be Dallas' final two points of the game. Robert Jackson made a layup, Wagner hit a three and Jackson hit an 18-footer. Wagner then hit two free throws and just like that, the game was tied 83-83. The Cavs defense stopped the Mavs and when they got the ball back, Rich fouled Wagner. He missed the first but made the second to give Cleveland its first lead of the game. After a timeout, the Mavericks had one last chance to win it, but Rich was called for traveling. On the ensuing inbounds pass, Tony Stanley fouled Wagner before he had a chance to inbound the ball, giving Wagner a free throw, which he made with 1.8 seconds left, and giving the Cavaliers possession of the ball. Jason Kapono made two free throws with 0.8 seconds left to ice the amazing comeback win for Cleveland.

Dallas (1-2) looked to have this game in control from the opening tip-off. They led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter and led 48-39 at halftime, behind Derek Hood and Marcus Goree who each scored 11 points in the half. They led by as many as 19-points in the third quarter and after Cleveland had cut the lead to 3 points midway through the fourth quarter, looked to put the game away with a 6-1 run, to go take a 9 point lead with 3:22 left. But lightning struck in the form of the Cavaliers offense and what seemed to be a sure win for Dallas, turned into a shocking loss.

Besides Wagner's heroics, Cleveland got a big game from Darius Miles who scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Hood led the Mavs with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Derrick Alston added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Cleveland's LeBron James did not play after returning today from the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

Written by: Mike Swartz

New York 23 24 16 15 78
Boston 24 15 28 29 96
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Marcus Banks and Brandon Hunter made Boston's draft strategy look very good as they combined for 48 points and each posted a double-double to lead the Celtics to a 96-78 win to wrap up Thursday's action at the Reebok Pro Summer League. Hunter scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, during which the Celtics turned a close game into a rout.

Boston (3-1) led 76-70 with 7:11 left in the game, when Hunter took over the paint. He converted a pair of three-point plays, and hit a layup to give the Celtics a double digit lead for the first time in the game, 80-70. That seemed to demoralize the Knicks (2-2) as Boston went on a 12-4 run in the last 3:57, to end up winning by 18.

Banks (22 points) showed why the Celtics made a draft night trade to acquire him. He drove the lane effectively and either dished the ball off, picking up 10 assists, or went to the foul line where he went 10-for11. Hunter dominated the inside, grabbing a game high 12 rebounds.

The Knicks looked to be in control late in the first half, ending the half on a 14-7 run to take a 47-38 lead at the break. But the Celtics came out storming in the third quarter. Kedrick Brown scored Boston's first 12 points in the quarter, pulling Boston into a 51-51 tie. Brown later sent the crowd into a frenzy, slamming home a picture-perfect alley-oop dunk off a pass from Banks and then hitting a three-pointer to give Boston a 64-55 lead. The Knicks came right back on a pair of three-pointers by Tyrone Nesby to close to within four at the end of the third quarter, 67-63. But Hunter's dominance in the paint proved to be the difference as the Celtics cruised to the easy win.

Brown led all scorers with 27 points. Michael Sweetney and Matt Carroll (15 points each) paced the Knicks while Nesby (14 points) and Maciej Lampe (13 points) also scored in double figures for New York.

Written by: Mike Swartz

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