Day 2: Foye stars for Wolves; Artest appears for Kings
LAS VEGAS -- Randy Foye spoiled the much-anticipated debut of Amare Stoudemire Friday evening as he helped lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 91-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Stoudemire cut the Timberwolves' advantage to four at 85-81 with a 16-foot jumper, but a free throw by Bracey Wright and two free throws by Adam Parada pushed the Timberwolves to the eventual win.
The Timberwolves outscored the Suns 30-19 in the second quarter en route to the win.
Foye had a game-high 30 points (12-22 FG), a day after his 23-point debut. Wright chipped in 17 points (3-11 FG, 9-11 FT), while Paul Shirley came off the bench to add 12 points (5-9 FG) and five rebounds.
Stoudemire, taking part in the Vegas Summer League as part of his rehab, had a team-high 21 points (7-10 FG, 7-9 FT) and eight rebounds. Stoudemire possessed his usual array of moves and was in good shape as he ran up and down the court, even playing the role of point guard on a few trips. Ruben Douglas was the only other Sun to score in double figures, pitching in 14 points (5-14 FG).
Minnesota shot 45 percent (30-67 FG) for the game, while Phoenix shot 48 percent (30-63 FG). The Timberwolves had 10 more free throw makes (28-18) and led 20-11 in second-chance points.
The Timberwolves take on the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, while the Suns will face the New York Knicks Saturday at 11 p.m. ET.
The Sacramento Kings raced out to an early 18-4 lead over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Friday night and breezed to an easy 91-72 win.
The Kings used a 10-0 run late in the second quarter to extend the lead to 53-33 at the half. In the first half, Kevin Martin led the Kings with 17 points (2-6 FG, 12-13 FT), while Ron Artest chipped in 10 points (5-9 FG).
Artest made his TVSL debut and did not disappoint the pro-Kings crowd as he finished with 12 points (5-12 FG). With the Maloof family watching courtside, Martin led the Kings in scoring with 20 points (3-11 FG, 13-15 FT) in 27 minutes of play. Former UNLV standout Louis Amundson had a double-double with 12 points (6-7 FG) and 12 rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
Marcus Fizer led the Hornets in scoring with 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-7 FT) in 16 minutes of play, while Brandon Bass pitched in 10 points (2-5 FG, 6-8 FT). Fizer was the lone Hornet in double figures for the half, scoring 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-5 FT).
The Kings finished the game shooting 45 percent, while the Hornets shot 42 percent.
The Kings shot 52 percent in the first half, while the Hornets shot 46 percent.
The Kings battle the Toronto Raptors at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, while the Hornets take on the Denver Nuggets on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Golden State Warriors 87-70 Friday night in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League. Portland built up a seven-point first quarter lead and never looked back en route to victory.
Portland held a 10-point advantage after the first half. The Trail Blazers pushed its advantage to as high as 20 midway through the third but watched Golden State knock the deficit down to 13 heading into the final stanza.
In the fourth, the Warriors pulled within eight points, but watched the Trail Blazers increase the margin to 20 at 87-67 in the final seconds. Golden State hit a 3 at the buzzer to knock the losing margin to 17 points.
Portland had six players tally double-digit point totals, while Golden State had only one.
Leading the Trail Blazers offensively was Travis Outlaw's 15 points (5-9 FG). Kevin Pinkney (7-8 FG) and second overall pick LaMarcus Aldridge (4-8 FG) added 14 points apiece. Brandon Roy and Martell Webster each had 13, while Hector Romero rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10.
Ryan Humphrey was the lone Warrior to hit for double-digits, as he was 3-of-4 from the field for 10 points.
Portland shot 49 percent, while Golden State made only 39 percent.
The Warriors return to the Cox Pavilion on Saturday with a game versus the Los Angeles Clippers at 7 p.m. ET Portland has Saturday off before playing on Sunday afternoon at 8 p.m.
The Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets played the closest game thus far of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League on Friday afternoon. The Rockets survived a game-tying 3-point attempt by Casey Jacobsen in the waning seconds for a 93-90 victory.
The tightly contested game featured three quarters separated each by only a one-point differential, with each quarter being won by Houston.
The Rockets led for the majority of the first half until the Nuggets took a brief 41-40 lead. John Lucas put the Rockets back up when he nailed a 3-point shot at the buzzer from beyond half-court to put Houston up by two at 43-41.
Lucas narrowly missed a double-double with 25 points (11-17 FG) and nine assists for the game.
After swapping baskets in the final minute of the game, Denver's Ricky Sanchez cut Houston's lead to one at 91-90 with 15 seconds remaining. That was the closest the Nuggets would get, as Pat Carroll hit two free throws with seven seconds left to push the score to 93-90.
Following a timeout, Jacobsen's 3-point attempt from the right elbow missed and Denver's put-back fell short as well.
Houston had three players break the 20-point barrier, with Lucas' 25 leading the way. Carroll (9-15 FG) threw in 24 points, while Steve Novak (7-15 FG) followed with 20.
Denver was led offensively by 15-point outings by John Gilchrist (6-10 FG) and Jacobsen (6-11 FG).
For the game, the Rockets shot at a 60.7 percent clip, while the Nuggets connected 48.5 percent of the time.
Houston returns to the Cox Pavilion on Saturday for a 9 p.m. ET game versus Cleveland. Denver has Saturday off and will face New Orleans/Oklahoma City to open Sunday's action at 4 p.m. ET.