For a quarter, it looked like the NBA D-League Select Team was ready to deliver a knockout blow to the New York Knicks. Tony Mitchell and Co. stormed out to a 20-7 lead less than eight minutes in, but over 40 minutes the New York's big-time talent -- mainly its promising backcourt of Shane Larkin and Tim Hardaway Jr. -- took over.
There will be no Cinderella run to a Summer League championship, but the Select Team's schedule will continue in a consolation game against the Sixers on Friday. Here's who came through in Thursday's loss to try to keep the team alive:
During that quick-hitting first-quarter run, it was Mitchell yet again coming out with the haymakers. Mitchell scored 10 points in 4:17 on a catch-and-shoot, a step-back, a pull-up, a nasty transition throwdown and finally a difficult bank shot. Though his second straight efficient night didnt' result in a win, the 24-year-old has reaffirmed that he has a bright future ahead of him.
The crafty point guard got to the line for 12 free throws to still manage 18 points despite 3-for-9 shooting. Kelley never had the explosive scoring efforts he enjoyed on a regular basis with the Skyforce, but he did for the most part keep the Select Team's offense humming.
A shot-blocking specialist, Hyman is usually the one being challenged at the rim, but with one hammer he let out all his frustration from a quiet Summer League. He played his best game in Vegas, posting 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, and was particularly active in that first quarter.