The 2021 NBA Summer League slate continues in Las Vegas on Friday with seven games tipping off. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks will open the day while the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers conclude the slate in the late night matchup.
There’s been a lot of breakout stars at Summer League and many will hope to land on a roster by the end of games in Vegas. Here we’ll be recapping all the games for Friday, August 13th.
NBA Summer League recaps
Timberwolves 91, Bucks 64
Jaylen Nowell’s impressive Summer League continues, with the guard scoring 26 points on 11-22 shooting. Jaden McDaniels also had a nice game for Minnesota, recording 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Bucks had a disastrous day from the field, shooting 28.8 percent overall and 18.8 percent from deep. Jordan Nwora, one of the big performers from earlier in the showcase, really struggled. He finished with 11 points on 2-13 shooting. Brandon Randolph was Milwaukee’s best performer with 17 points.
The Jazz got big contributions from Trent Forrest, Elijah Hughes and Udoka Azibuke in this one. The trio combined for 54 points, with Hughes’ 19 being the top score. The Jazz overcame a brutal three-point shooting effort to eventually dominate Miami.
The Heat really struggled in this one, converting just 23 of 72 shots. Miami got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Omer Yurtseven, but that was the only notable performance of the day.
Kira Lewis Jr. appears to be figuring things out in Summer League. The point guard put up 22 points on 7-11 shooting and is likely going to see significant minutes for the Pelicans this year. Naji Marshall had a big game as well, tallying 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
The Cavaliers struggled from the floor and couldn’t generate enough consecutive baskets to make a late run. Brodric Thomas led Cleveland with 15 points. Evan Mobley, the No. 3 overall pick, finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
This was all about Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga, who continue to impress in Summer League for the Warriors. Both players will be judged closely because the Warriors picked them in the draft instead of chasing another star in a trade. Moody was stellar Friday with 22 points and went 3-6 from three-point land. Kuminga had some early issues, eventually getting 18 points and seven rebounds on 6-14 shooting. But he did have one great play Warriors fans are buzzing about.
For the Thunder, rookie Rob Edwards led the way with 23 points. Theo Maledon added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Cade Cunningham had a superb game, scoring 24 points and going 7-10 from three-point range. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Saddiq Bey had 15 points and 13 rebounds in Detroit’s win. Luka Garza got the start for the Pistons Friday. He tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds, but his most impressive feat was getting five blocks.
Obi Toppin continues to impress in Vegas, going for 31 points on 13-20 shooting. The Knicks forward hopes to be a bigger part of the rotation this upcoming season. Quentin Grimes bounced back from his rough start in Summer League with 15 points, going 3-6 from deep.
Jahmi’us Ramsey and Davion Mitchell racked up 19 points each in a commanding victory for the Kings. The duo shot 7-11 from behind the arc and also had three steals each. Both players should get looks for Sacramento’s roster ahead of training camp.
Five Grizzlies players were in double figures this game, but it wasn’t enough to beat out Ramsey and Mitchell. Sean McDermott led the way with 13 points, but Memphis ultimately couldn’t overcome a 4-25 performance from deep. Ziaire Williams finished 0-6 from behind the arc, eventually totaling 10 points on 5-15 shooting.
Lakers 86, Clippers 84
Vic Law led the Lakers with 15 points while Devontae Cacok and Justin Robinson added 12 each. Law went 3-5 from three-point range and could be another shooting option for the Lakers down the line.
BJ Boston was impressive for the Clippers, tallying 17 points and five rebounds. He will be a key rotation piece for the team as it hopes to compete with Kawhi Leonard sidelined for a portion of the season. Amir Coffey struggled, but managed to net 13 points while going 6-16 from the floor.