Reggie Bullock started fairly hot, going 4-for-8 (2-for-5 from 3-point range) in the first half with 10 points and positioning himself as the only player in double digits. The second half was quite the contrary, though. He scored just two points, a layup in the fourth quarter to make it 70-56. He went 5-for-16 combined and lamented missing multiple open shots.
He was off the mark on six of his eight 3-pointers and on a 3-on-2 fast-break he missed a runner and the ensuing put-back. He also appeared frustrated after a costly turnover, where the ball was knocked away from him as he pushed it up the floor in the first half.
Still, there were plenty of things to be happy about with Bullock’s performance, even in a lopsided loss. He had four rebounds and two assists, including a two-handed, over-the-shoulder pass to DaJuan Summers for a layup on the break.
On their final possession of the first half, the Clippers used an out-of-bounds play to find Bullock for a 3-pointer that tied the game at 40. It was his second shot from long range of the half and showed what kind of damage he could do as a shooter even against a defense that knows the ball is coming to him.
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7/15/13 | Eric Patten Follow @EricPatten
LAS VEGAS – After a pair of disappointing opening quarters in their first two games of the summer, the Clippers were determined to get off to a better start Monday evening against the Lakers.
They accomplished that, owning a lead as large as five in the early stages of the second quarter at Cox Pavilion. But a cold spell from the field that lasted nearly the duration of the second half was the Clippers’ undoing as they lost for the second-straight day in Las Vegas, 77-65.
Reggie Bullock led the Clippers for the third straight game with 12 points, adding four rebounds. JaJuan Johnson and DaJuan Summers added 11 points apiece.
The Clippers (1-2) will await the conclusion of Monday’s games to learn when they play next in the Summer League’s new tournament format. The squad is guaranteed at least two more games, but in order to stick around beyond that they will need to improve on their 35.8 percent shooting, which included just one basket in a six-minute stretch and an 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) performance in the second half.
“We couldn’t make shots,” Clippers Summer League coach Tyronn Lue said. “We got some open looks. Scott Wood is a great shooter. He missed four open looks. Reggie [Bullock] missed some shots early. We had the shots we wanted to get. We just weren’t able to make them.”
The Clippers missed three shots and fell behind 7-0 before a Summers layup got them going in the first. They went on to outscore the Lakers 21-11 over the final 7:28 of the period. Much of that improved start had to do with Maalik Wayns and Jerome Randle, who committed a combined one turnover in the first half one game after topping a dozen total.
But the Clippers’ early lead gradually evaporated as shots continued going awry. Still, after trailing by double digits they climbed to 52-49 after Summers scored six points in a row in the waning minutes of the third. That was as close as they would get.
“I felt like we played hard, but we didn’t get back in our defensive rotations and rebounding the ball, spreading the floor and running,” Bullock said.
Lue agreed that the defensive side of the floor remains a work in progress for the young team.
“The team I’m going to take from it is defense,” Lue said. “Doc [Rivers] prides himself on defense. We’re not going to make shots every night, but if you can stop your man then you can still win the game. That’s what I’m trying to instill in the young guys.”