Brooklyn Nets 79, Cleveland Cavaliers 73
Hoopers from two sides of the Hudson River faced off on Saturday in Las Vegas as Sir'Dominic Pointer and the Cleveland Cavaliers squared off with Isaiah Whitehead and the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets wound up taking the victory by the score of 79-73 and, all things considered, Whitehead played pretty well in the 24 minutes he logged in the game.
Whitehead scored 10 points in the victory over the Cavs but had his woes from the field, shooting just 3-for-7 from the field. Whitehead would add four boards, an assist and three steals to his line but coughed the ball up seven times as a few of his weaknesses reared their heads in his first Summer League game.
Sir'Dom, meanwhile, scored just three points in 24 minutes but managed to contribute in other areas. He grabbed eight rebounds, seven defensive, picked up two steals as well as an assist.
Chicago Bulls 71, Boston Celtics 62
The Celtics took a loss in their first go-around in the Vegas Summer League. The Chicago Bulls, led by the play of Bobby Portis and Jerian Grant, took down the C's 71-62.
Intriguingly, Ben Bentil logged just 3:29 in the matchup and was held to without a point, rebound, steal, assist, or anything of the sort and finished -2. No word on if he was injured or anything of that sort, but Bentil did not register anything on Saturday in a disappointing start for Boston in the Vegas Summer League.
Washington Wizards 88, Utah Jazz 73
Daniel Ochefu had a rousing start to his career with the Wizards. After recently signing a guaranteed contract with the team, Ochefu went and balled in the Wizards' 88-73 victory over the Jazz.
Chef had four points, five rebounds, and four steals with an assist to boot and made life easy for himself by going 2-for-3 on his field goal attempts.
Fellow former Big East player Sterling Gibbs also had himself a good day at the office. He scored eight points, shot 2-for-4 from the field and 2-for-3 from deep, sunk two free throws, grabbed a rebound and dished out three assists with a steal too.
Denver Nuggets 106, Memphis Grizzlies 62
After getting crossed up by Kris Dunn on Friday, JaKarr Sampson was apparently adamant in trying to rebound off that moment. Sampson scored 16 points off the bench for the Nuggets as they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 106-62 to improve to 2-0 in the Vegas Summer League.
Sampson shot 4-for-7 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line, cashing in on many an attempt to get free buckets. The former Red Storm hooper also had three assists in the contest and one rebound.
Kellen Dunham, meanwhile, didn't have as spirited a performance on the opposite end. Dunham was held to without a point in 10 minutes of action, going 0-for-4 from the field and 0-for-3 from deep.
Dallas Mavericks 83, Miami Heat 64
Former St. John's Red Storm big man Chris Obekpa was held to without a point in his Heat's 83-64 loss to the Mavericks, but was able to provide an impact on the glass. Obekpa grabbed four rebounds with three of them coming on the defensive side in the 12:34 that he played on Saturday.
Meanwhile Vander Blue, who performed well in the Orlando Summer League, did not play in the first game for the Mavs in the Vegas Summer League.