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ManRam
07-07-2008, 10:47 PM
A very underrated happening IMO. I love following the Orlando Summer League action, because it is the first basketball of the year, and a lot of the best young players are in it, not to mention Rose vs. Beasley today, and the first ever game for the Oklahoma City whatevers. The 6 teams participating this year are Orlando, Chicago, New Jersey, Indiana, Oklahoma City and Miami. Doesn't get all the attention the Vegas League does, because only 6 teams take place, but still...

Every game can be watched for free on nba.com/magic.

Here's the results of the first day of action. (All recaps from nba.com/magic)

Game 1: Indiana 95 Oklahoma City 78

Box Score (http://www.nba.com/media/magic/Game_1_Box_Score.pdf)

Recap:


Indiana defeats Oklahoma City 95-78
By Marc D'Amico | July 7, 2008.

Orlando, Fla.- The Indiana Pacers defeated Oklahoma City 95-78 in the first game of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

The Pacers, whose two first-round picks are not participating in the league, started the game on an 8-0 run. Following a timeout at the 7:57 mark, Oklahoma City got on the board with a bucket by first-round pick D.J. White.

Oklahoma City’s first-round pick Russell Westbrook (fourth overall) scored eight consecutive points in the quarter to pull the team back within five, at 21-16. His driving layup over two defenders brought the score to 24-23 with under a minute to go in the quarter. Indiana added a free throw to end the quarter with a score of 25-23.

Indiana guards Earl Calloway and Stephen Graham took advantage of the defensive-minded Westbrook starting the second quarter on the bench. The Pacers began the quarter on a 10-2 run to bring their lead to 10. Calloway and Graham paced the team with 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the half.

The Pacers went into the half with a 45-38 lead.

Westbrook finished with 15 points, two assists and four rebounds on six of eight shooting in the half.

In the third quarter, the Pacers began to pull away. Courtney Sims and Josh Davis each scored six points. After a steal and dunk by Oklahoma City’s Mykal Riley, Stanley Burrell brought the inbounds pass up-court and hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Pacers led 71-58 at the end of three quarters.

An early fourth quarter run by Oklahoma City brought them to within eight, but Shawne Williams and Andre Emmett ended the run with consecutive 3-pointer for the Pacers to bring the lead back to 83-69.

Over the final five minutes, the Pacers continued to pull away and led 95-76 after two consecutive fast break layups. Oklahoma City scored the final basket, and the Pacers then dribbled out the clock.

The Pacers had five players in double figures, led by Calloway with 16 points. He also added seven assists. Andre Emmett added 15 points and Graham finished with 14.

Jeff Green was the leading scorer for Oklahoma City with 21 points. He and Westbrook, who finished with 18 points, were Oklahoma City’s only players in double figures. Westbrook finished also added give assists and four rebounds.

Game 2:Miami 94 Chicago 70

Box Score (http://www.nba.com/media/magic/Game_2_Box_Score.pdf)

Recap:


Miami defeats Chicago 94-70
By Dan Dugger | July 7, 2008.

Orlando, Fla.- The much anticipated match-up between Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose proved to live up to its billing Monday, and it was Beasley's Heat that came out victorious, 94-70.

Beasley, who is playing with a slightly fractured sternum, had the upper hand early, leading Miami with nine points in the first half, while playing just over eight minutes. Rose, playing with a sore right knee, managed three points on 1-of-3 shooting in 15 minutes of action in the first half. Demetris Nichols led Chicago with 11 points in the half.

Chicago, led by recently hired head coach Vinny Del Negro, trailed 48-34 at the half.

When the second half began, the action began to pick up between the two top draft picks. Rose displayed spectacular speed on multiple buckets, scoring seven points in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Beasley exhibited his solid shooting touch, lighting up the nets for 14 third-quarter points, extending Chicago's lead to 20, 73-53, at the end of three.

The Heat, who led by as many as 27, shot 42 percent and had only 10 turnovers.

Although his NBA debut was impressive, Beasley didn't dominate every play of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, when he drove baseline and went up to dunk, Chicago forward Cedric Simmons rejected it, drawing quite a reaction from the standing-room-only crowd at the RDV Sportsplex.

Nonetheless, Beasley led all scorers with 28 points on 9-of-21 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds.

The Bulls struggled from the floor, shooting just 37 percent, and turned the ball over 18 times. Rose finished with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting, dished out four assists but had five turnovers.

Game 3: New Jersey 86 Orlando 74

Box Score (http://www.nba.com/media/magic/Game_3_Box_Score.pdf)

Recap:


Summer League Day 1, Game 3
By Jason Wallace | July 7, 2008.

Courtney Lee, the Magic's first round pick (No. 22), scored 13 points in 33 minutes in his inaugural performance in a Magic uniform, but Orlando couldn't overcome Jaycee Carroll's 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Orlando Magic, 86-74, in the nightcap of Day One in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

The story of the game was how New Jersey dominated the paint, holding a 40-18 edge in points in the paint and out-rebounding the Magic by a margin of 39-28. Trailing 44-38 at halftime, the Magic could only pull within four points, trailing 57-53 in the third quarter, before the Nets started to pull away and extended their lead to 68-56 heading into the final stanza.

New Jersey was paced by Utah State product Carroll, but also had some strong contributions from their highly-touted rookie class. Rookies Brook Lopez (Stanford), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Memphis) and Ryan Anderson (California) all made their debut for the Nets, with C.D.R. leading the way with 15 points, followed by Anderson's 14 and Lopez's 10 off the bench.

Orlando also had a strong effort by Derrick Byars, B.J. Elder and Kevin Kruger, as they scored 15, 14 and 12, respectively. Marcin Gortat added six points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.

The Magic will try and even their record tomorrow when they face Oklahoma City in the second game of the three-game Day Two, while New Jersey will try and remain undefeated in the 2008 Orlando Pro Summer League when they open the competition against Miami at the RDV Sportsplex.

Ragun
07-07-2008, 11:03 PM
Man Beasley is going to be one great player.

letsgofish
07-07-2008, 11:16 PM
i love pat riley

Ragun
07-07-2008, 11:20 PM
i love pat riley

He knows talent.

Joshtd1
07-07-2008, 11:29 PM
Chalmers looked pretty good out there. He really seemed to frusturate Rose out there. Beasley looked pretty good, but sometimes fell in love with his jumper a bit too much when he could have blown by Noah every play.

_Sn1P3r_
07-09-2008, 10:31 AM
Westbrook is looking good too in the SL.