Lonzo Lifts Lakers Past Sixers

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Lakers 103, Sixers 102 – Box Score

It was a star-studded evening in Sin City with LeBron James on hand to watch his future Lakers teammates (following a Klutch Sports workout with Ben Simmons, also in attendance). While the first overall pick remains out with a sprained ankle, the second overall pick put on a show. Lonzo Ball went off for 36 points on 12-22 shooting, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. It was the first 30-point, 10-assist game summer league game since at least 2004 (when they began tracking these things). Lonzo flung the ball around the court like a pre-neck surgery Peyton Manning.

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Ball stepped up in the clutch too, converting a three-point play with 21 seconds left to put the Lakers in front. After James Blackmon scored to give the Sixers a 1-point lead, Ivica Zubac was fouled and hit both free throws to secure the win for Los Angeles.

Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives to take away from Philadelphia’s perspective. Furkan Korkmaz had his best game stateside, leading the team with 19 points on 8-14 shooting, and even showing off some passing ability with 3 assists. It was definitely the most aggressive we’ve seen Korkmaz handling the rock, and though he didn’t have a great night from behind the arc (2-8 from threes), we did catch a glimpse of his ability to create separation for himself and knock down a long-range bomb.

Alex Poythress played well again with 16 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. This summer, he has shown some ability to protect the rim, guard in space, stretch the floor, and get up and down the court in transition. The Sixers don’t necessarily have a roster spot from him, but it’s hard to see Poythress not getting another shot somewhere soon at the NBA level.

Jonah Bolden didn’t have a great game shooting the basketball, but he displayed some passing ability we hadn’t really yet seen from him, recording 4 assists with some nice bounce passes out of high-low action. He also once again terrorized the opposition defensively, tallying 4 steals and 2 blocks. The en vogue thing right now is for teams to find the next Draymond Green, and while that’s largely a fool’s errand, Bolden at least has a lot of similar qualities to the Golden State all-star.

Like Poythress, Larry Drew doesn’t have a viable path to a roster spot, but has continued to perform admirably in summer league play. He dropped 15 points and 8 assists in 25 minutes, and looks like a viable break-in-case-of-emergency G-league call-up if injuries strike the point guard position at any point.

With the loss, the Sixers are eliminated from the Vegas summer league playoffs; they will play a consolation game against the Bulls Friday at 8:30pm EST.


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