NBA Season Restart 2019-20

NBA Scrimmages Roundup: Day 4 from Orlando

Recaps for all games played on July 25

All 22 teams participating in the NBA Restart will play three scrimmages before game action officially tips off on July 30. The NBA will be using 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes for each team’s first game. The second and third games for each team will feature regulation quarters of 12 minutes.

Previous Roundups: July 24 | July 23 | July 22

Below are game recaps from all games played on July 25:

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Lakers 119, Magic 112

The Los Angeles Lakers rode a fast start and stellar performances from Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James to notch a 119-112 win over the Orlando Magic in an NBA restart scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.

The Lakers (49-14 current regular-season record) established a commanding 35-19 advantage through the first 10 minutes, and the Magic (30-35 current regular-season record) were only able to shave three points from their deficit heading into halftime. Orlando made it interesting with a 40-point third quarter, but strong production from the second unit led by Kuzma’s game-high 25 points helped Los Angeles hold on for the victory. The Lakers weren’t down by more than one point at any stage and held as much as a 19-point lead while shooting 56.9 percent from the floor.

Kuzma complemented his aforementioned scoring total with seven rebounds and one assist. James followed with 20 points and added seven assists and two rebounds across 25 minutes. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went 7-for-8 from the field on his way to 17 points. He also posted three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dion Waiters poured in 12 points. Dwight Howard and Quinn Cook supplied matching nine-point tallies, with Howard also pulling down eight rebounds.

D.J. Augustin paced the Magic with 21 points and also provided five assists and two rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams led the bench with 15 points, supplementing them with eight boards, three assists and one steal. Aaron Gordon mustered 14 points, while Terrence Ross registered 12 points but drained just two of his 10 field-goal attempts. Nikola Vucevic furnished 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Both teams return to the floor Monday, with the Lakers facing the Washington Wizards to kick off the day’s ledger and the Magic tangling with the Denver Nuggets in the evening.

— By Juan Blanco, RotoWire

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Bucks 131, Kings 123

The Milwaukee Bucks’ prolific first half and stellar offensive efforts from Kyle Korver and Brook Lopez helped them to a 131-123 victory over the Sacramento Kings in an NBA restart scrimmage in Orlando on Saturday afternoon.

The Bucks (53-12 current regular-season record) and Kings (28-36 current regular-season record) engaged in a spirited opening period that Milwaukee emerged from with a 38-33 advantage. The Eastern Conference pacesetters were then able to separate heading into halftime with a 42-point second period, but Sacramento made it interesting by outscoring their opponents, 63-51, in the second half. Milwaukee led by as much as 29 points at one stage of the contest and won the rebounding battle by a 54-42 margin.

Korver led the way for the Bucks with 22 points, a total he complemented with six rebounds. Lopez followed with 21 points, adding four rebounds, five blocks and two steals. Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 15 points, nine boards, six assists and one block. Donte DiVincenzo drew the start at point guard and finished with 13 points, three rebounds, one assist and three steals. Khris Middleton posted an efficient 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists in just 15 minutes.

Buddy Hield paced the Kings with 19 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Kent Bazemore turned in 16 points, eight boards, three assists and one block. Bogdan Bogdanovic managed 13 points, three assists, one rebound and two steals. Corey Brewer collected 12 points, five boards, one assist and one steal. Nemanja Bjelica compiled 11 points, four rebounds and one assist. Cory Joseph and DaQuan Jeffries generated matching 10-point tallies, with Jeffries also registering six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Both teams return to the floor Monday, with the Bucks closing out the day’s schedule in an evening matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Kings facing the Los Angeles Clippers earlier that afternoon.

— By Juan Blanco, RotoWire

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Jazz 101, Heat 99

The Utah Jazz defeated the Miami Heat, 101-99, in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando on Thursday.

There were eight ties and 16 lead changes in this game, coming down to the final shot. In fact, Solomon Hill had a three-point opportunity to win the game for Miami at the buzzer but was unable to connect. There were 10 lead changes in the fourth quarter alone and none of the four quarters were decided by more than three points. Utah shot 44% from the field and 35% from 3-point range while holding Miami to 41% from the field and 26% from long range.

Rudy Gobert led the Jazz with 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Mike Conley tallied 17 points and six boards. Jordan Clarkson led the bench with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Kelly Olynyk was Miami’s leading scorer, providing 27 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Tyler Herro totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Derrick Jones Jr. and Duncan Robinson had 10 points and two assists apiece.

On deck for Utah is a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. As for Miami, they’ll face the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday for their next fixture.

By Joel Bartilotta, RotoWire

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Nets 124, Spurs 119

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 124-119, in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando on Thursday.

It took five ties and 16 lead changes to determine a winner in this game, with Brooklyn riding a 39-31 third quarter to their victory. That gave them a game-high 13-point lead, which was too much for San Antonio to overcome. The Nets recorded 14 steals and 11 turnovers while the Spurs had just four steals and 24 turnovers. Brooklyn did that while out-assisting San Antonio, 27-21.

Derrick White led the Spurs with 22 points, three rebounds and four assists. Jakob Poeltl tallied 12 points and 11 boards. Bryn Forbes led the bench with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists. Drew Eubanks recorded a double-double off the bench, generating 12 points and 14 boards.

Caris LeVert led the Nets with 27 points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jarrett Allen totaled 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Rodions Kurucs led the bench with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. Tyler Johnson also had 17 points off the bench.

On deck for Brooklyn is a matchup with the Utah Jazz on Monday. As for the Spurs, they’re off until Tuesday when they face the Indiana Pacers.

By Joel Bartilotta, RotoWire

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Clippers 105, Wizards 100

The LA Clippers defeated the Washington Wizards, 105-100, in an NBA scrimmage Friday in Orlando.

The Clippers and the Wizards played a tighter contest than expected. Despite the fact the Clippers took control of the game quickly with a 30-24 first quarter, they couldn’t hold on to that lead for an extended period. In fact, the Wizards came all the way to grab a three-point lead at the half following a 37-28 second quarter.

Washington increased that lead by eight following the third, and it seemed as if they would’ve been able to come away with the win. Such wasn’t the case, though, and the Clippers completed a fourth-quarter comeback thanks to a 29-16 fourth quarter. Doc Rivers’ group prevailed and secured a come-from-behind victory, as they continue to gear up for the league’s restart next month.

Seven Clippers scored in double digits in this game, but, perhaps surprisingly, the leading scorer was Patrick Patterson with 16 points off the bench, while Paul George finished with 11 points, and Kawhi Leonard registered a woeful 3-for-16 night from the field that resulted in just six points. As for the Wizards, both Isaac Bonga (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Rui Hachimura (15 points, 10 boards) posted double-doubles, while Thomas Bryant and Jerome Robinson each had 13 points.

Both teams will resume play on Monday. The Clippers will face the Kings, while the Wizards will go up against the Lakers.

By Juan Pablo Aravena, RotoWire

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Pelicans 119, Nuggets 104

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Denver Nuggets, 119-104, on Saturday in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando.

The Pelicans had no problem controlling the pace of the game as soon as things started, and they quickly jumped to a comfortable 33-20 lead following the first quarter. The Nuggets, who were extremely depleted once again, were no match for New Orleans. The Pelicans saw their lead reduce to a sizable 11-point edge by halftime. The Nuggets shortened the gap to 10 points by the time the third quarter ended, but the Pelicans got the job done in the final minutes. A 34-29 fourth-quarter score lifted New Orleans to a comfortable victory.

Five Pelicans scored in double digits, and all of them were bench players. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the way with 21 points, while Sindarius Thornwell notched 12 points, six assists and three rebounds. Frank Jackson had 16 points, and Jaxson Hayes delivered 13 points with six boards. As for the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic flirted with a triple-double (11 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) as a point guard, while Mason Plumlee chipped in with 18 points and 13 boards. Bol Bol posted 15 points despite shooting just 6-for-19 from the field and 2-for-7 from 3-point range.

Both teams will resume play on Monday. The Pelicans will face the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Nuggets will lock horns with the Orlando Magic.

By Juan Pablo Aravena, RotoWire

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