LAS VEGAS (AP) NBA rookies are getting a quick lesson on the demands of the schedule.
Another full day of basketball Monday, highlighted by rookie big men Deandre Ayton of Phoenix and Mo Bamba of Orlando meeting in a matchup of unbeaten teams, was the third game in four days for the 20 teams in action at the NBA Summer League. The games are shorter than a regular NBA game – 40 minutes instead of 48 – and there’s no travel, but it’s still a lot of action in a short amount of time.
Some teams even gave players a rest day during the stretch of games, knowing there will be more ahead. Every team is guaranteed five games, with the possibility of playing as many as eight games in 12 days.
Monday was the last of the 10-game slates on the campus of UNLV. There are only five games Tuesday before teams are seeded for tournament play that begins Wednesday.
Rashawn Thomas and PJ Dozier scored 17 points apiece for the Thunder (2-1), who have won two straight games after losing their first 11 games in the Summer League, dating to when the franchise was based in Seattle. Thomas also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Henry Ellenson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Detroit (1-2) avoided going winless in preliminary play. The former lottery pick also had two steals but committed six turnovers.
Cheick Diallo scored 25 points in the Pelicans’ first loss in Las Vegas. Walter Lemmon Jr. and Shavon Shields each finished with 14 points for New Orleans (2-1).
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Thomas Bryant finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Rookie Robert Williams III sat out with a bruised left knee.
Rookie Miles Bridges scored 20 points for the Hornets (2-1). Willy Hernangomez had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Phil Greene scored 16 points in the Mavericks‘ easy victory. Mitchell Creek added 13 points.
Dennis Smith Jr. sat out for the Mavericks (2-1) on the day No. 3 pick Luka Doncic signed his contract.
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