Orlando, Day 1: Tyrus Thomas, Morrison get feet wet
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First-round picks Tyrus Thomas and Thabo Sefolosha combined to score 26 points, grab eight rebounds and dish out five assists as the Chicago Bulls downed the Indiana Pacers, 93-88, in the first game of the 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League.
Aaron Miles and Cedric Banks led the Bulls with 19 and 17 points, respectively, while Sefolosha chipped in 16 and Thomas finished with 10.
The Pacers' James White scored 10 of his 13 first-half points to lead Indiana back from a 10-point first quarter deficit to a 47-46 advantage at the break. The Pacers were down 28-18 when they went on a 13-4 run to start the second period. David Harrison fueled the spree, scoring seven of the team's first 10 points in the quarter to bring Indiana within one, 32-31, with 7:12 remaining in the half. The Pacers, who shot 51.9 percent in the half, were led by White's 13, along with 2005 first-round pick Danny Granger's 10.
The second half was full of runs, as the Bulls came roaring back after halftime, outscoring the Pacers 25-14 in the third quarter to recapture the lead heading into the fourth, 71-61. But the Pacers answered again, tying the game with 5:29 left on a 3-point play from Corey Williams. The last five minutes of action saw seven lead changes, but Chicago retook the lead for good, 90-88, on an Eddie Basden 3-pointer with 20.2 seconds left in the game. Indiana, which was held scoreless for the game's final minute, was then hit with a technical after immediately calling a timeout that they did not have, and after the charity shot, Aaron Miles hit two free throws to seal the victory.
Indiana had five players in double figures, led by David Harrison and James White's 17 points. Chicago shot 48.3 percent to Indiana's 47.3, and both teams finished the contest with 30 rebounds apiece.
-- Melanie Curtsinger
May powers Bobcats' win over Heat
The Miami Heat scored the game's first points, but it was all Charlotte from that point forward as the Bobcats cruised to an easy 83-65 victory in the second game of the 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League. Sean May led all scorers in the game with 22 points, followed by Adam Morrison's 12 and Alan Anderson's 11.
The Bobcats dominated the first half of play, leading by as many as 18 behind May's 14 first-half points. The Heat struggled in many facets of the game, shooting just 31.0 percent from the field and committing 12 turnovers (compared to the Bobcats' six), while no Heat player managed to score over four points in the half. Charlotte went into the break with a 14-point cushion, up 41-27.
May came out strong early, tallying seven points on 3-of-4 shooting in the game's first 10 minutes to give the Bobcats a 22-15 advantage at the first quarter break. Charlotte looked good in the period, committing only two turnovers while hitting 75 percent of their free-throw shots.
The Bobcats picked right up where they left off in the second half, expanding their cushion to as many as 23 in the contest's latter stages. Although the outcome was never seriously in doubt, Miami picked it up in the second half, shooting 55.8 percent (13-of-23) from the field. The Heat finished the game with just two players in double figures, led by Earl Barron's 18 and Dorrell Wright's 12.
-- Melanie Curtsinger
Williams leads Nets past Magic with double-double
After a four and a half hour wait, the Orlando Magic kicked off their 2006 Summer League by scoring the game's first points against New Jersey. However, the Nets outlasted the Magic in the long run, 86-82, in a back-and-fourth battle to wrap up the day.
The Nets' Marcus Williams led all scorers with 24 points on an impressive 9-for-15 (60 percent) shooting mark while also dishing out 12 assists, which marked the only double-double of the day's action.
New Jersey took the early lead, holding a 22-17 advantage after the first quarter, with the Nets shooting 9-for-13 (.692) in that frame.
Travis Diener came out strong in the second quarter, scoring 10 of his 12 first-half points including two 3-pointers, which cut the deficit to two at halftime, 43-41. Erik Daniels also played an inspired second quarter, coming off the bench and scoring five, while also chipping in two rebounds and two steals.
Trailing 67-65 entering the final quarter, Marcin Gortat brought the entire Magic bench to their feet with a thunderous dunk over three Nets players to knot the score at 67. The teams continued to trade baskets with the Magic leading 76-75 with 3:22 to play.
With the Magic clutching an 80-79 lead, Williams knocked down a three with 47 seconds left to spark the a 7-2 run for the Nets that sealed the victory. Overall, the Nets shot 54.4 percent (31-for-57), including 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from behind the arc, while the Magic shot 43.2 percent (32-for-74) from the field.
Gortat's 15 points led the Magic, with four others reaching double figures (Diener, 14; Rich Melzer, Matt Walsh and Alpha Bangura, 10 apiece). Second-round draft pick James Augustine played almost 20 minutes, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting.
-- Jason Wallace