Game Recaps - Day 5

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Wizards 30 22 20 21 93
Bucks 18 8 21 23 70
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Evidently, the Milwaukee Bucks never received a wake-up call at their hotel this morning. They certainly did not appear awake for the tip-off of their 11:00 A.M. game at the Reebok Pro Summer League on Friday, as the Washington Wizards (2-2) scored 14 straight points before the Bucks scored their first points of the game. The Bucks (1-3) were out of this game less than three minutes after it started, falling to the Wizards, 93-70. Juan Dixon led the early Washington barrage, scoring 7 points before the game was three minutes old. And the Wizards shot a sizzling 75 percent in the first quarter, to remove any doubt as to the outcome of this game.

Things just got worse for the Bucks in the second quarter. They hit just 3-of-18 shots (16.7 percent) and scored just 8 points in the quarter. Washington got that many points just from Andrae Patterson in a span of the final 3:23 of the half. The Wizards doubled the Bucks' output at the break, 52-26.

Although the Bucks seemed to wake up during the halftime break, anything they did in the second half was far too little, and much too late. Milwaukee outscored Washington in the second half, led by rookie guard T.J. Ford who scored 10 points in the second half. Ford, who will face fellow highly regarded rookie LeBron James for the first time tomorrow night, led the all scorers with 17 points and added 7 assists.

Dixon and Maurice Evans led the Wizards with 16 points each. Patterson added 14 and Etan Thomas chipped in with 11.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Cavaliers 15 29 14 19 77
Hawks 18 21 16 14 69
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Hollis Price made three straight shots in a one-minute span, as the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter to break open a close game on the way to a 77-69 win over the Atlanta Hawks (2-2). Carlos Boozer scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds and rookie sensation LeBron James showed is versatility with 15 points, 9 rebounds and six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers to the victory.

Cleveland, leading 58-55 after three quarters, came out smoking in the fourth. After Jason Kapono hit a pair of free throws, Robert Jackson converted a steal into two more free throws. An Atlanta turnover led to a driving lay-up by Jerod Ward making it 62-55. After Jerry Holman hit a 19-foot fade away jumper for Atlanta, Price took over, hitting his next three shots from 19 feet, 18 feet and, after a turnover by Diaw, from just inside the three-point line, and suddenly Cleveland led 68-57. A short jumper by Boris Diaw and a lay-up by Elton Tyler cut the Atlanta deficit to 68-61. But Cleveland went on another run, this time 8-0, over the next 1:05, thanks mostly to its defense. A steal by Kapono led to a three-point play by James, a steal by Boozer led to a fast-break lay-up by Kapono and a steal by James led to a fast-break lay-up by Price, and Cleveland's lead had suddenly ballooned to 15 with just 3:13 left in the game. Atlanta made one last run, outscoring the Cavaliers 8-1 down the stretch, to get to within 8 points before time ran out, ending their rally.

The game would certainly not be confused with a shooting clinic. Cleveland shot just 40 percent (26-65) and Atlanta hit just 25-64 (39.1 percent). The difference in the game was Cleveland's dominance in the paint, as they out-rebounded the Hawks 44-34. 14 of Cleveland's rebounds came on the offensive boards, leading to 16 second chance points.

Kapono added 14 points off the bench for Cleveland while Dan Dickau led the Hawks with 13 points and Holman added 12 in the losing effort.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Knicks 21 11 14 20 66
Nets 20 14 20 26 80
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Donny Marshall led four Nets in double figures as New Jersey downed the New York Knicks 80-66 on Rivalry Day at the Reebok Pro Summer League. The veteran forward from the University of Connecticut scored 15 of his game high 20 points in the second half, which saw the Nets turn a close game into an easy victory.

The Nets (3-1) made their move midway through the third quarter. Leading by just 2 points, 41-39, New Jersey went on a 12-2 run to expand its lead to double figures. Marshall started the rally, converting 5-of-6 free throws in a span of 1:22, and later making a driving lay-up and hitting two more free throws, and the Nets were in the driver's seat at 53-41. They led by eight after three quarters, 54-46.

The Knicks hung in there in the fourth quarter as Billy Keys and Michael Sweetney combined for 13 points in the quarter. But Billy Thomas, (13 points in the fourth quarter), iced it with a pair of three-pointers and a fast-break lay-up in the final 4:10 to build the lead to 19 points.

The Nets jumped out to an early 7 point first quarter lead before the Knicks made their move. Maciej Lampe converted a Frank Williams steal into a fast-break lay-up, Matt Carroll hit a three-pointer and Lampe knocked in a three to give the Knicks their first lead of the game. They built the lead to 6 points, 30-24, midway through the second quarter before the Nets stormed back, taking a 34-32 halftime lead on a three-pointer by Zoran Planinic.

In addition to Marshall, the Nets got double figure scoring from Brian Scalabrine (17 points), Thomas, (15 points) and Planinic (12 points). The Knicks were paced by Sweetney with 17 points and Carroll who came off the bench to score 13.

Written by: Mike Swartz

San Antonio 22 16 20 17 75
Dallas 8 15 17 24 64
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The San Antonio Spurs went on a 10-0 run in the last 3:51 of the first quarter and breezed to their fourth straight win at the Reebok Pro Summer League, 75-64 over the rival Dallas Mavericks (1-3). The win allowed the Spurs to remain the league's only undefeated team, at 4-0. Nate Johnson paced the Spurs with 19 points and Kaspers Kambala came off the bench to score 15.

The game was not nearly as close as it looked, as San Antonio put it away early. They held the Mavericks scoreless in the last 3:51 of the first quarter. Baskets by Damone Brown, Olumide Oyedeji, Udonis Haslem, Johnson and Ricardo Greer turned a four-point lead into a 22-8 advantage, at the end of the first quarter. The Mavericks were their own worst enemies, hitting just 4-of-16 shots (25 percent) and turning the ball over 9 times in the quarter.

The Spurs led 38-23 at halftime and just kept pouring it on in the second half. Johnson had 8 points and Kambala scored 7 in the third quarter, while Jemeil Rich added 10 points in the fourth quarter, as the Spurs built their lead to as many as 23 points midway through the fourth. The Mavericks mounted a late come back, going on a 14-2 run to close out the game. Rich made two free-throws and hit a couple of jump shots and Marcus Goree made three free-throws and hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 11 before time ran out on them.

Dallas played most of the game without Chris Herren who left the game with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter with a left leg injury and did not return.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Sixers 23 17 20 31 91
Boston 20 11 27 29 87
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Kyle Korver hit a 21-foot jumper with 1:38 left in the game to break a 79-79 tie and Efthimios Rentzias, Jeff Myers and John Salmons made key free-throws down the stretch as the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Boston Celtics 91-87 in the nightcap of Rivalry Friday at the Reebok Pro Summer League. John Salmons scored 35 points, 23 of them in the second half, to lead Philadelphia.

The 76ers (2-3) opened up a big lead with an 11-0 run near the end the first half on a basket by Salmons, a basket and two free-throws by Amal McCaskill and dunks by Sam Clancy and Randy Holcomb, turning a 29-29 tie into a 40-29 lead. Marcus Banks' jumper with 1.0 left made it 40-31 at the half.

Boston (2-2) stormed right back early in the third quarter, going on a 13-2 run of their own to tie the game. Rookie Brandon Hunter (22 points, 10 rebounds) hit a pair of shots and veteran Kedrick Brown hit a three-pointer to make it 46-46, midway through the quarter. The lead changed hands six times in the next six minutes, the final one coming with 1:48 left in the quarter, when Myers hit a 20-foot jumper to give Philadelphia a 56-55.

The 76ers opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run to take a 69-60 lead, but the Celtics came right back, going on a 15-6 run, led by Kornel David's 5 points, to tie the game, 75-75. But Boston could never regain the lead. Hunter's two free-throws tied the game again at 79-79, but Korver's jumper gave the 76ers the lead for good. A driving lay-up by Salmons and a 21-footer by Rentzias with 31.1 seconds left made it 85-80. J.R. Bremer hit a three-pointer to bring Boston to within 2 with 21.7 seconds. Boston chose to foul the 76ers and make them earn the win at the foul line. The 76ers did just that as Salmons made three from the line and Rentzias and Myers added a pair as the 76ers held on for the win.

Brown, who is averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and Hunter (averaging 16.8 points 8.8 rebounds) led the Celtics. Salmons improved his average to 19.6 points per game with his offensive explosion.

Written by: Mike Swartz

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