Game Recaps - Day 7


Game Recaps - Day 7


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Hawks 13 30 27 15 85
Spurs 16 26 24 22 88
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For the San Antonio Spurs, this may not carry the same prestige as winning the 2003 NBA Championship, but they completed the double, going undefeated and winning the 2003 Reebok Pro Summer League. Damone Brown led a late game rally, including converting an Eddie Gill steal into a 19-foot jumper from the right baseline with 51.2 seconds left in the game, to break an 85-85 tie and made a free-throw with 5.5 seconds left. The Hawks Travis Hansen then missed a desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer, as the Spurs(6-0) finished their week as the only undefeated team, beating the Atlanta Hawks (3-3) today, 88-85.

The Spurs saw their chance at going undefeated going down the drain as they trailed 85-78, with 3:34 left in the game. Evidently, though, losing even one game this week was not in the plans of Damone Brown or Udonis Haslem, as they led the Spurs on a 10-0 run to close out the game. Brown made a fast-break lay-up off a pass from Nate Johnson, hit a free-throw, Haslem got fouled twice and hit all four of this free-throws to tie the game and Brown hit the game winner to keep the Spurs record perfect.

Atlanta looked poised to pull off the upset. They took a 70-64 lead into the fourth quarter and held that lead throughout most of the quarter. A pair of free throws by Corey Benjamin gave the Hawks what looked to be a safe 7-point lead, with 3:34 left. But those would prove to be Atlanta's last points of the game, as the Hawks just imploded. From that point on, the Hawks shot 0-5 from the field, committed 4 turnovers, 5 fouls and were out-rebounded 7-2.

As was the case yesterday, Atlanta's bench was its strong point. Charles Smith led the team with 15 points, Tommy Adams had 13 points and Benjamin had 10. Ernest Brown who had 22 points and 7 rebounds paced the Spurs. Johnson added 16 and Damone Brown, the hero for the Spurs, had 14 points off the bench.

The Spurs were led during the week by Devin Brown who averaged 15.8 points per game. Haslem was one of the league's top rebounders, averaging 7.7 boards per game. Smith led Atlanta in scoring this week with 11.5 points per game.

Written by: Mike Swartz


Mavericks 18 23 28 25 94
Bucks 18 23 20 20 81
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Derek Hood led six Mavericks in double-figures with 22 points as Dallas finished its week at the Reebok Pro Summer League with a 94-81 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Jemeil Rich contributed a league-high 16 assists, 10 of them in the second half, when the Mavericks took control of the game.

Dallas (2-4) came out of the halftime break and took over the game, led by its frontcourt combination of Derek Hood and Derrick Allston. With the score tied at 41-41 entering the third quarter, Alston hit a 9-foot jumper, then after a steal by Hood, converted a three-point play. Hood then slammed home a reverse dunk on a fast break and, after a Szymon Szewcyzk lay-up, he hit an 18-foot jumper to make it 52-45. After Lamont Barnes responded with a lay-up, Hood took a pass from Rich and hit another 18-footer and, after a three-pointer by Marcus Haislip, Aaron McGhee hit a short hook shot, Rich stole the ball from T.J. Ford and fed Alston for a fast-break lay-up and Rich hit a 22-foot fast break lay-up and Dallas found itself leading by double-figures, 58-48 and they never looked back. Marcus Goree scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Mavericks cruise to the victory.

The first half was a seesaw affair, especially in the first quarter. Dallas ran off to a 10-2 lead only to see the Bucks (2-4) outscore them 16-8 the rest of the quarter, as the teams ended the first tied 18-18. The teams battled back and forth in the second quarter, which featured four ties and two lead changes before it ended tied, 41-41.

Besides Hood and Goree, Dallas got double figure scoring from Tony Stanley (14 points off the bench), Alston, Adam Harrington (13 points each), and Rich, (11 points). Haislip led the Bucks with 19 points, Alex Scales added 13 points and Milwaukee's starting guards Ford and Norm Richardson chipped in with 12 points each.

Alston ended up leading the Mavericks in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game, followed closely by Goree who averaged 12.3 points per game. Haislip led the Bucks, averaging 13.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Ford, Milwaukee's top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, was impressive all week, averaging 13.6 points, 7.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Written by: Mike Swartz


Nets 22 26 12 22 82
Celtics 14 16 19 18 67
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For the second time in a month, the New Jersey Nets finished second to the San Antonio Spurs. Last month it was in the NBA Finals. This time it was at the Reebok Pro Summer League. Donny Marshall led a balanced scoring attack leading the Nets to an 82-67 win over the Boston Celtics (2-4) at the Reebok Pro Summer League, giving them second place in the league standings with a 5-1 record, behind only the Spurs who finished the week at 6-0.

The Nets led from wire to wire and put this game away early with a 14-4 run early in the first quarter. Brian Scalabrine had 8 of his 15 points during the run, which turned a tie game into a 20-10 New Jersey lead. Another spurt by the Nets, this one early in the second quarter, put the game away. New Jersey outscored the Celtics 20-5 during a 5:41 span. Scalabrine and Tamar Slay each had five points during the run and Ace Custis added a three-pointer and, at the 2:08 mark of the quarter, the Nets had double the Celtics score, 46-23 before taking a 48-30 lead at the half.

Boston cut into the New Jersey lead in the third quarter. Brandon Hunter scored 9 of his 15 points and Lenny Cooke, getting his first start of the week, scored 6 of his 14 points in the quarter, as the Celtics trailed by just 11 points entering the fourth quarter. But the Celtics could get no closer. Marshall went 4-for-6, including 2-for-4 from three-point range in the fourth quarter and the Nets expanded their lead to as many as 18 points before settling for the 15 point win.

Marshall, one of the league's top scorers averaging 20.0 points per game, had 21 for the Nets. Zoran Planinic (16 points) Scalabrine, and Tamar Slay (10 points) also hit for double-figures for New Jersey. Kedrick Brown led the Celtics with 17 points, while Cooke playing his best game of the week added 13 rebounds from the backcourt, to his 14 points.

Although the Celtics' record did not reflect it, they got strong performances from several players. Brown averaged 17.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, Hunter averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds and Banks scored 15.5 points and 6.2 assists per game. New Jersey's Brian Scalabrine proved to be one of the best all-around players in the league, averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Written by: Mike Swartz


Wizards 15 15 22 28 80
Cavaliers 21 21 15 19 76
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Steve Blake barely missed a triple-double and Juan Dixon scored 24 points as the Washington Wizards staged a furious second half comeback to post an 80-76 win, in the finale of the 2003 Reebok Pro Summer League in Boston. The Cavaliers wasted an outstanding performance by Carlos Boozer who scored 16 points and pulled down league-high 18 rebounds.

The Wizards (3-3) trailed by as many as 15 points midway through the third quarter when they started to heat up. Blake and Dixon combined for 11 points in the quarter to cut the Cleveland lead to 57-52, entering the fourth quarter. Cleveland (2-4) maintained its lead for a good portion of the quarter but couldn't stop the Washington onslaught. A pair of free throws and a dunk by Johnson and a three-pointer by Dixon gave the Wizards their first lead of the game, with 2:46 left to play. A three-point play by Boozer gave Cleveland a 2-point lead but Etan Thomas tied it at 73-73. A Dixon lay-up put Washington back ahead but LeBron James tied it at 75-75 with a pair of free throws. After a timeout, the Wizards went ahead to stay, on a Maurice Evans Slam Dunk. James missed two key free throws with 15.6 left and the Cavaliers had to foul. They chose the wrong man to foul as Dixon nailed his two free throws and the Wizards were comfortably ahead.

Cleveland outplayed Washington in the first half, holding the Wizards to 33.3 percent shooting. Darius Miles scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half as the Cavaliers took a 42-30 lead at the half.

Dixon went 10-for-20 from the field and Blake had 11 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Boozer tied for the league lead in rebounds per game with 8.3. Cavaliers phenom LeBron James averaged 15.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this week.

Written by: Mike Swartz


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