McCants Leads Minnesota Over Phoenix
Posted Jul 15 2007 11:06PM
Minnesota 84, Phoenix 81
Las Vegas, July 15 -- Rashad McCants had 30 points in the first half as the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to outlast the Phoenix Suns 84-81 at the COX Pavilion on Sunday night.
Minnesota was able to take advantage of some poor Phoenix shooting and jumped out to an early 30-15 lead after one quarter of play. The Suns outscored the Timberwolves 25-19 in the second and headed to the locker room trailing by nine, 49-40.
Adam Hess’ layup with 4:17 in the fourth quarter gave the Suns their first advantage of the evening, 73-72. They held that lead until the 1:18 mark when Craig Smith nailed a jumper to allow Minnesota to reclaim the lead, 80-78.
Trailing 83-78, D.J Strawberry knocked down a three with just four seconds remaining to trim the lead to 83-81. Randy Foye stepped to the line needing two free throws to ice the game. Foye hit one of two and Phoenix had one last chance, but threw away the inbounds pass.
“I wasn’t looking at trying to set any scoring record,” McCants remarked. “I just wanted to get the win. I just wanted to contribute any way I could out there.”
McCants scored just two points in the second half and ended the evening with 32 points (8-16 FG) and 15 made free throws (attempted 19).
“I was feeling good,” McCants said of his performance. “I kind of felt like I had something to prove in this last game, I felt like I was underachieving. I wanted to come out early and make a statement.”
Minnesota forward Smith, who was earlier named to the 2007 NBA Summer League First Team, recorded 21 points, four rebounds and three assists 34 minutes. In five games, he averaged 21.8 points on 62.9% shooting from the floor, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 blocks and 32.8 minutes.
Also named to the 2007 NBA Summer League First Team was Foye. He averaged 18.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 33.2 minutes in five games.
Minnesota finished the NBA Summer League with a 4-1 mark while Phoenix concluded the summer with a 1-4 mark.