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07-11-2008, 06:55 PM
Only summer league, but still it's great to see him excelling.

Orlando defeats Miami 74 - 69

July 11, 2008 | By Dan Dugger

Orlando, Fla. In his fifth and final summer league game, Orlando Magic guard Courtney Lee scored 30 points, which tied for the sixth highest single-game-scoring total in summer league history and the Magic topped the Miami Heat 74-69.

Magic center Marcin Gortat chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Lee wasted no time racking up his points, scoring 16 in the first half. His quickness and aggressive nature of play allowed him to get to the free-throw line 11 times in the half.

The two teams struggled from deep, shooting a combined 2-for-18 from three in the half, and 3-for-26 in the game.

Michael Beasley netted 12 points in the half for the Heat.

The Magic headed to the break up six, 39-33.

The contest was the fifteenth and final game of the Orlando Pro Summer League, which has been held each summer since 2002.

For the week (five games), Lee averaged 20.2 points per game and shot 44 percent from the field, including an impressive 47-percent clip from beyond the arc.

Miami started the third quarter on a 9-2 run, resulting in the Heat's first lead of the game, 42-41, with just under seven minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, Courtney Lee showed that not only can he score, but he can rebound as well. With just under six minutes to go in the quarter, Lee soared for a put-back dunk that drew quite a reaction from the crowd at the Orlando Magic's practice facility.

Things remained close heading into the fourth, with the Magic holding a slim, 55-54, advantage.

Michael Beasley continued to show the crowd why he was the second-overall pick in the draft, scoring on a variety of moves, and netting 25-of the Heat's 69 points in the game.

Lee's tip dunk wasn't his only highlight footage of the day. With two minutes to go, Lee shook a double team at the top of the key to sky for a finger roll, prompting Miami to take a time out. The bucket put the Magic up 69-62.

On the next possession, Lee used a James Augustine screen to drive baseline for a lay up, drawing a foul.

With just under 10 seconds to go in the game, Lee drove for a bucket, recording his thirtieth point of the game.

A fitting finish for a rookie guard playing in his home practice facility.

Lee finished the summer league as the third-leading scorer, behind OKC's Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green.


07-11-2008, 07:44 PM
Lee tore it up today. I think he has a really bright future in the league. He will probably be the sixth man this year and do some damage.

07-11-2008, 07:55 PM
I see him making the rotation for sure so far. He is a hell of a ball player and is NBA ready like they said before he got drafted. I wish i saw that game.

07-11-2008, 08:30 PM
It's hard to believe that Lee was left out for the 22nd pick of the draft. Crazy.

07-11-2008, 08:45 PM
^That's not hard to believe. This was a deep draft, teams got quality players that deserve guaranteed contracts in the 2nd round.