NBA Season Restart 2019-20

NBA Scrimmages Roundup: Day 7 from Orlando

Game recaps for all games played on Tuesday, July 28

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 27 | July 26 | July 25 | July 24 | July 23 | July 22

Below are game recaps from all games played on July 28:

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Grizzlies 128, Heat 110

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Miami Heat, 128-110, on Tuesday in the final scrimmage for both teams before seeding games begin later in the week.

The Heat opened up the contest with a small lead, but the Grizzlies powered through to take a,41-33 advantage after one quarter. The Grizzlies doubled down in the second, where they pushed their lead to double digits to lead 69-52. The Grizzlies carried the momentum into the third, pushing the lead up to 22 points heading into the final frame. The Heat outscored the Grizzlies by four points in the fourth, but it was too little, too late for Miami.

Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Ja Morant added 22 points and 12 assists, while Jonas Valanciunas posted 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Grizzlies shot 46.9 percent from the field, including 19-of-42 from deep.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler led Miami with 18 points and seven assists in 23 minutes of action. Bam Adebayo tallied 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, while Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk added 12 points apiece off the bench.

This concludes scrimmage action for both the Heat and the Grizzlies. The Heat will restart their season with a matchup against the Nuggets on Saturday, while the Grizzlies’ first seeding game arrives Friday against Portland.

— Dan Bruno, RotoWire

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Suns 117, Raptors 106

The Phoenix Suns defeated the Toronto Raptors, 117-106, on Tuesday in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando.

The contest got out to a hot start, as the Suns held a 35-29 lead after one quarter. The Suns maintained the upper hand through the second, but the Raptors kept it close and trailed by six at halftime. The Suns kept up the momentum in the third and pushed their lead to 11 heading into the final frame. The teams played to a standstill through the fourth and the Suns held on for the 11-point win.

Mikal Bridges led the Suns with 26 points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block. Ricky Rubio added 22 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block, while Cameron Johnson tallied 19 points. The Suns shot 43 percent from the field, including 18-of-47 from long range.

Meanwhile, Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes of action. Norman Powell added 14 points off the bench, while Fred VanVleet chipped in 13 points. The Raptors shot 45 percent from the field, including 16-of-43 from deep.

This concludes scrimmage action for both the Raptors and the Suns. The Raptors will restart their season with a matchup against the Lakers on Saturday, while the Suns restart their season with a matchup against the Wizards on Friday.

— Dan Bruno, RotoWire

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Spurs 118, Pacers 111

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Indiana Pacers, 118-111, in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando on Thursday.

While there were 10 ties and 12 lead changes in the first half, there was only one in the second half. It happened to go in San Antonio’s favor, outscoring Indiana in the middle quarters, 65-51. That allowed them to lead by at least four points for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The Spurs shot 48 percent from the field and 91 percent from the free-throw line while the Pacers hit 45 percent from the field and 75 percent from the charity stripe. San Antonio also doubled up Indiana in blocks, 8-4.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs starters with 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Rudy Gay led the club in scoring, providing 23 points, four rebounds and five assists off the bench. Dejounte Murray totaled 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Keldon Johnson generated 21 points, three rebounds and three assists on 7-of-8 from the field.

Myles Turner led the Pacers with 17 points and 10 boards. Malcolm Brogdon tallied 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. Victor Oladipo finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists on 4-of-16 shooting while T.J. McConnell led the bench with 14 points, four rebounds and 11 assists.

On deck for the Spurs is a regular-season matchup with the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Indiana also plays their first seeding game, facing the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

— Joel Bartilotta, RotoWire

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Thunder 131, Blazers 120

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 131-120, in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando on Thursday.

The 11-point final margin is not indicative of how this game was played, with Oklahoma City leading by 24 points going into the fourth quarter. In fact, the Thunder outscored the Trail Blazers, 33-24, in the second quarter and 39-28 in the third quarter. Oklahoma City shot 51 percent from the field and 49 percent from three-point range. The Thunder also doubled up the Trail Blazers in steals, 14-7, while winning the turnover battle, 21-13.

Darius Bazley was Oklahoma City’s highest scorer, dropping 20 points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench. Dennis Schroder provided 14 points, three rebounds and seven assists. Luguentz Dort led the starters with 13 points, three assists and two steals. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander totaled 10 points, three rebounds and seven assists.

Anfernee Simons led Portland with 23 points, four rebounds and five assists. Gary Trent Jr. generated 19 points, three rebounds and three assists. Mario Hezonja had 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Wenyen Gabriel amassed 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Trail Blazers play their first restart regular-season game on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies. As for the Thunder, they return to action on Saturday against the Utah Jazz.

— Joel Bartilotta, RotoWire

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Rockets 137, Celtics 112

James Harden scored 35 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 137-112 victory against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in the NBA Season Restart Scrimmage finale for both teams at Orlando.

The Rockets were rarely challenged as the Celtics gave their usual starters the night off. Houston never trailed after taking the lead with 3:46 to play in the first quarter, outscoring the Celtics by 13 in the second quarter and eight in the second half to cruise to victory.

The win, though, was marred by an injury to sharpshooter Eric Gordon, who hurt his ankle late in the second quarter and did not return. His status for the restart season opener Friday is uncertain.

Harden added eight rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes. Russell Westbrook chipped in with 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Robert Covington totaled 16 points and seven boards.

Carsen Edwards paced Boston with 19 points, while Semi Ojeleye and Robert Williams III finished with 12 points each.

The Rockets will restart their season Friday against the Dallas Mavericks, while the Celtics play the Milwaukee Bucks in a battle of Eastern Conference heavyweights.

— Juan Pablo Aravena, RotoWire

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Mavericks 118, 76ers 115 (OT)

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 118-115, in overtime Tuesday in the finale of the NBA Season Restart Scrimmage at Orlando.

Tied 113-113 in overtime, J.J. Barea hit a 3-pointer with 1:07 to play to give the Mavericks a lead they would not relinquish. Barea had put the Mavericks ahead, 103-101, with a 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining in regulation, but Mike Scott’s put-back tip-in made it 103 all moments later. Barea had a chance to win it, but his last-second 3-pointer missed, forcing overtime.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Kristaps Porzingis totaled 17 points and 12 boards in 27 minutes. Barea finished with 14 points.

Tobias Harris scored a game-high 28 points with 11 rebounds for the 76ers, while Al Horford had 14 points and five rebounds. Ben Simmons struggled to 2-of-10 shooting from the field for four points, though he had nine rebounds and two assists.

Dallas plays the Houston Rockets on Friday in the opener of the restart schedule, while the 76ers face the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.

— Juan Pablo Aravena, RotoWire