2013 Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League: Sixers Edge Nets
By John Denton
July 12, 2013
ORLANDO – The 26th and final game of the six-day Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League came down to the final seconds on Friday, and when Brooklyn’s Chris Wright came up short on a 3-point try, it gave the Philadelphia 76ers their first victory of the week.
Philadelphia shooting guard Khalif Wyatt scored 27 points and prized rookie Michael Carter-Williams added 11 points and five assists as the Sixers held on to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 89-86.
Brooklyn had just six players available on Friday, and one of them – Lawrence Hill – spent the previous four games this week playing for the Boston Celtics. The Nets (0-5) finished last in the 10-team league. New head coach Jason Kidd was not on hand for the finale after coaching two games earlier in the week.
Wyatt played just 18 minutes off the bench, but made the most of his time on the floor. He hit six of nine shots and three of four 3-pointers and he got to the free throw line 14 times (with 12 makes). His play helped the Sixers (1-4) finish ninth under the direction of interim coach Michael Curry.
Carter-Williams, the 11th pick of the NBA Draft, has battled turnover issues all week while also displaying incredible vision as a playmaking point guard. He once again struggled with his shot (five of 16), but he did hand out five assists to go with his three turnovers.
Brooklyn got 23 points from both rookie center Mason Plumlee and Wright. Plumlee had a three-point play and a thunderous dunk in the last minute to get the Nets as close as 87-86 with 13.9 seconds to play.
After Wyatt made two free throws with 11 seconds to play to boost the Sixers’ lead back to three points, Wright’s 3-point heave from the right wing fell well short. Wright was stellar throughout with seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals to go with his 23 points.