Summer League: Sixers 74, Jazz 70
LAS VEGAS –– On Friday, the Sixers were in Central Florida, securing a 91-75 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League Championship Game. Twenty-four hours later, they had relocated to Las Vegas, where 22 other teams have gathered for the Samsung NBA Summer League.
In their first of at least five games during the 10-day tournament, the Sixers went toe to toe with a talented Utah Jazz team that features guards Trey Burke and Dante Exum, swingman Rodney Hood, and center Rudy Gobert. The Sixers were without Nerlens Noel (rest), K.J. McDaniels (left ankle sprain), and Casper Ware (not yet with team), but were able to notch a 74-70 victory behind 20-point performances from both Jordan McRae and Sean Kilpatrick. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 5-1 this summer (1-0 in Las Vegas).
"I always play with a chip on my shoulder," said Kilpatrick, who went undrafted last month despite being named an All-American following his senior season at Cincinnati. "I like being a sleeper... I just have to continue to get better. This was only the first game, and I'm really just getting to know the system."
Sixteen of Kilpatrick's 20 points came in the first half, while McRae played his best basketball in the final frame, scoring 12 fourth-quarter points to help lead Philadelphia to victory. But it was in the second quarter that the 6'5" Tennessee alum made his most memorable mark on the game.
The Sixers are back in action Monday at 8pm (EST) as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will be televised in the Philadelphia area on The Comcast Network and on NBA TV nationally. You can also watch on NBA.com via Summer League Live.