Despite not having Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels and Jordan McRae — all out with ankle sprains — the Summer Sixers posted a 85-63 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night to advance in the elimination round of play at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
After a stalemate first quarter (20-20l), Casper Ware and the 76ers summer reserves opened the 2nd qurter with a 16-0 run that extended out to a 24-4 stretch. That 22 point cushion helped the Sixers (2-2) keep the Lakers at arm’s length for the rest of the game.
The Sixers were led in scoring by Sean Kilpatrick and Elijah Millsap who each posted 19 points.
The huge 2nd quarter burst was led Elijah Millsap (10 points) and Sean Kilpatrick (7 points). Kilpatrick continues to impress with hi smooth touch (8-17 on FGAs). The dominating 2nd Q produced a 22 point Sixers lead at half time, but the 7-6 still had some work to put in.
It’s NBA Summer League so every team makes a run and he Lakers came out came out of the locker room after the half with a big push. During a 20-7 run in the 3rd Q, the Lakers were able to cut the Sixers lead to 7 points. However that was a close as LA would get.
In the 3rd quarter the Sixers out scored the Lakers by 12 and led 66-56 after three stanzas. That lead exploded when the Summer Sixers staged a 17-3 run to open the 4th quarter that allowed Philadunnkia nation’s home team to put this game on ice. Kilpatrick had 7 points and Milsapp scored 6 during this stretch.
Jerami Grant finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Drew Gordon had a solid night with 8 points and 10 rebounds.
According to NBA.com, Millsap set a 2014 Summer League mark in steals with seven and that figure also tied Brandon Jennings (2009 vs. Sacramento) and Josh Selby (2012 vs. Washington) atop the list for all-time individual performances in steals at the NBA SL.
Former Delaware 87ers fan favorite Kendall Marshall played nearly 27 minutes for Lakers, but scored just 7 points on 2-9 shooting.
With their win, the 76ers advance in the championship bracket to play the Chicago Bulls Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center.
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