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Rookies deliver strong performance in Summer League loss to Detroit

By Bennett Hipp

One day after an extremely strong performance by Jordan Adams against Oklahoma City, both Adams and fellow 2014 Grizzlies draftee Jarnell Stokes impressed in a 85-82 loss to the Detroit Pistons Sunday afternoon in day two of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Adams reached the 20-point mark for the second time in as many games, scoring exactly 20 points while shooting 6-of-13 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The rookie out of UCLA also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists.

Stokes, the former University of Tennessee standout, dominated in the post and tallied a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. He displayed a good shooting touch from mid-range and made 4-of-5 free throw attempts.

Stokes also had the play of the game, taking the ball on the block and going underneath on the baseline for a reverse dunk midway through the second quarter.

With the Grizzlies trailing 85-70 with three minutes left in the game, the duo led a furious 12-0 Memphis run to end the game, falling just short of forcing overtime but showing the kind of effort and toughness the Grizzlies’ coaching staff was looking for entering Summer League. Adams and Stokes scored eight of those 12 points during the final three minutes.

Okaro White (11 points, four rebounds) and former University of Memphis star Joe Jackson (10 points, one rebound, one assist) also made strong contributions for the Grizzlies, who fell to 1-1 so far in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

2013 first round pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the way for Detroit, scoring a game-high 30 points (10-of-20 FG) and pulling down 12 rebounds, while second-year guard Peyton Siva stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Despite the loss, Memphis earned three points in the standings thanks to winning three of the four individual quarters, and has earned ten points through two games in Orlando.

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