womens adidas gazelle but Lakers reach Summer League semis
Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, shown in a game against the Clippers last week, helped lead the team into the NBA Summer League semifinals with another win Saturday night in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
By Staff and news service reports
Ball flirted with another triple double, Vander Blue had 27 points and Kyle Kuzma added 26 as the Lakers topped the Brooklyn Nets, 115 106, in a quarterfinal at the Thomas Mack Center.
Ball finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 34 minutes, again having more success as a facilitator than a shooter (4 for 12 from the field, 1 for 3 from 3 point range).
long as we winning, (Summer League is) successful, Ball said. all I care about. usual, Ball footwear commanded considerable attention. It was Under Armour turn Saturday when Ball played in a pair from Steph Curry signature line.
When asked if the shoe rotation is part of a bigger plan, the No. 2 overall pick from UCLA replied, could say that. making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind, his father, LaVar Ball, told ESPN earlier Saturday. players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players. Nets, who featured a roster with far more NBA experience, raced to 63 points and an eight point lead at halftime.
The Lakers (4 2) adjusted to the pace after the intermission, even using a five guard lineup for one stretch, and finished with the highest point total for any team at Summer League this year.
think we tired them out a little bit, said Kuzma, who added four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. pace in the first half kind of killed us, and they were getting easy layups in transition and getting to the rim at will.
not a very good outside shooting team, but they were getting downhill on us. In that second half they missed a few, got a little bit tired, and we were able to capitalize. Lakers led by as many as 10 early in the fourth quarter, but the Nets climbed to within 103 101 with two minutes left.
Blue answered with a 3 pointer, then Alex Caruso went the length of the court for a layup before finding Kuzma for a corner 3 pointer on the next possession. The Lakers finished 14 for 26 (54 percent) from 3 point range.
Matt Thomas had 17 points and eight rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting for the Lakers, while Travis Wear (Mater Dei High, UCLA) scored 12 (four 3 pointers). Although we do not pre screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions.