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Summer League Standouts: Day 9 in Las Vegas

POSTED: Jul 17, 2016 12:25 AM ET

By Lang Whitaker

BY Lang Whitaker


Timberwolves vs. Raptors

Xavier Silas scores 22 points, Tyus Jones adds 21 points including the game-winning free throws to lift the Timberwolves over the Raptors 81-79.

A look at the top performers from Day 9 in Las Vegas:

Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves

Wolves Win on the Final Play

Tyus Jones draws the contact on the final shot of the game and sinks two free throws to seal the win for the Timberwolves.

With every game now an elimination scenario, Timberwolves guard Jones helped Minnesota extend their desert trip, at least by a few days. Despite trailing the Raptors by as many as 14 points, the Wolves closed the game on an 11-3 run, including two free throws from Jones with 0.4 remaining to seal the 81-79 win. With the Wolves already deep at the point guard position, the 2015 first-round pick Jones is vying to remain in the mix.

Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns

Ulis Drills the Winner

Tyler Ulis sinks the deep triple at the buzzer to give the Suns the victory over the Nuggets.

Not to be outdone by Jones and Timberwolves, the Suns also had a chance to beat the Nuggets from the free throw line with 0.4 remaining on the clock. But after Dragan Bender missed two free throws, the Suns had to go to OT, when a buzzer-beating Ulis three-pointer gave the Suns an 82-81 victory. A second-round selection out of Kentucky, Ulis finished with 19 points (3-5 on three-pointers) and 4 assists in 35 minutes.

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets

Suns vs. Nuggets

Tyler Ulis makes the deep game-winning 3-pointer to give the Suns the overtime victory over the Nuggets.

The Nuggets may have seen their summer season end, but it wasn't for Murray's lack of effort. The former Kentucky Wildcat was terrific, playing both guard positions for the Nuggets and displaying a versatile game. Murray's bucket with two seconds remaining in overtime gave the Nuggets the late lead they would eventually surrender, and Murray finished with a game-high 29 points on 13-of-26 shooting from the field.

Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls

Wizards vs. Bulls

Bobby Portis scores 17 points, Denzel Valentine adds 14 and 10 rebounds to help lift the Bulls over the Wizards 88-85.

After several tantalizing performances last season as a rookie with the Bulls, Portis has been one of Chicago's most consistent players in Las Vegas. Tonight, while helping Chicago move to 5-0 with an 88-85 win over the Washington Wizards, Portis played with energy and finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Portis also displayed an impressive touch from outside, going 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line.

Jordan McRae, Cleveland Cavaliers

While the star power of Summer League may have dimmed a bit with the departure of boldface names like Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, all four games on Day 9 came down to the wire. In the night's final contest, the Nets and Cavaliers traded leads down the stretch, and the game went into overtime tied at 83. The Cavs help Brooklyn scoreless in overtime to get the win, 91-83. Guard Jordan McRae, who entered the night as the Vegas Summer League's third-leading scorer at 25.8 ppg, led the Cavs once again, scoring 25 points in 27 minutes to help Cleveland advance to a semifinals matchup against Chicago.

Lang Whitaker has covered the NBA since 1998. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter.

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