Now he has the best game of the NBA Summer League - and another playoff game for a chance to top it. With no deal in place, the Balls then debuted the ZO2 sneaker under their Big Baller Brand umbrella, with models retailing for $495. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that the Lakers are still debating whether to pursue a younger player instead for the backup point guard role. "And with 6th man Jordan Clarkson, veteran Luol Deng, backup point guard Tyler Ennis, backup swingman Corey Brewer, rookies Thomas Bryant and Josh Hart rounding out the roster, it is safe to say that the Lakers" arrow is pointing all the way up. You can see the team taking joy in making the extra pass now and that's how we want to play as an organization.
"They're not a very good outside shooting team, but they were getting downhill on us".
What made Ball's performance even more impressive was the presence of National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James, who watched the game from a front row seat as a spectator.
The Lakers' second overall pick had two triple doubles in summer league, and heading into Saturday's game, he led summer league in steals and assists. When the Lakers got the second pick in the lottery, Ball said the price had gone up to $3 billion. Dallas couldn't seem to establish any rhythm as the game began.
It was the Mavericks' first loss after five wins in Las Vegas and five more at the Orlando Summer League earlier this month.
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Bell, a second-round pick from OR whose rights were acquired by the Warriors, had six points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. Dragan Bender and Mike James each added 18 points for the Suns (2-2), who will meet the fourth-seeded Grizzlies on Thursday.
Poythress had nine points and four rebounds for the Sixers, but his intensity goes a much longer way than his stat line shows.
In the end the Mavericks couldn't buy a bucket, or a stop, when they really needed it and the Lakers got home 108-98 on the back of a 12-3 run over the final two minutes to advance to the final against the Portland Trailblazers. The Mavericks trailed by 26 in the first half.
Kuzma led five Lakers in double figures with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Meanwhile, Finney-Smith and Ashley added 13 points apiece.
Washington, the No. 21 seed, fell to 0-4 despite 18 points from Marcus Keene. He and Jarnell Stokes, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds of his own, led the charge on a 19-point Trail Blazers rally.