Warren Scores, Plumlee Doubles Up in Win Over Sixers
If T.J. Warren is superstitious, he may want to keep a band-aid over his eye.
The 14th overall pick from this summer's draft led the Suns to a 97-88 win over the Sixers in the third game of Summer League play in Las Vegas. He led all scorers with 28 points, with Miles Plumlee adding 15 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Archie Goodwin and Dionte Christmas also scored 15 points apiece, while rookie Tyler Ennis chipped in with four points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Suns finished the preliminary portion of Summer League pay with a 2-1 record.
In the two games he's been fully available, Warren has taken over on offense. After taking an elbow and four stitches to his eye on Sunday, he was back at it on Tuesday, scoring 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting.
He added 11 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive glass. Whether it was putback jams, pull-up jumpers, cuts off the ball or lay-ups in transition, Warren was giving Philadelphia all sorts of problems.
The game was mostly a two-possession affair until the final four minutes, when Ennis once again took over the crunch-time controls.
The 18th overall pick drove and dished to Plumlee for an emphatic one-handed slam, then drew the defense and passed while still in the air to a cutting Dionte Christmas for the easy layup.
The sequence doubled the Suns' lead from four to eight with just over two minutes left, and the Sixers didn't threaten again.
Seth Curry showed the hot shooting everyone knew he was capable of on Sunday, but the free agent guard is starting to up his consistency after shooting 41 percent in the Orlando Summer League.
After going 7-for-9 from the field against the Bucks, Curry was again efficient in the Suns' win over the Sixers, hitting 4-of-7 from the floor (including 2-of-3 from three).