Vegas, Day 7: Roy shines for Blazers in loss

Updated: July 13, 2006, 10:15 AM ET
By Dennis Rogers | Vegas Summer League

The Phoenix Suns led from the opening tip-off, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 91-82 Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of the seventh day of action at the Toshiba Vegas Summer League.

Brandon Roy continued to impress Blazer fans, leading the offense at the point and also showing his ability to play the two guard position. Roy had a game-high 35 points (13-for-22 FG), often slicing down the lane for easy runners. In addition, Roy also grabbed seven rebounds. Second overall pick LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points (8-12 FG), nine rebounds and four blocks. Aldridge showed an array of post moves and his soft 12-15 foot jumper in the process.

After trailing by 18 points at halftime (37-55), the Blazers made a push in the third quarter, closing the gap to just three points at 56-59, but the Suns responded in the fourth. A Roy lay-up closed the gap to just four points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Suns answered back each time, extending the lead in the final two minutes.

Ruben Douglas (7-12 FG) and Adam Hess (5-8 FG) led the Suns in scoring with 16 points a piece. Chris Owens chipped in with 13 points (3-6 FG), while Maciej Lampe had 11 points (3-8 FG). Amare Stoudemire did not play in the game.

For the game, the Suns shot 47 percent (33-70 FG), while the Blazers shot 44 percent (30-69 FG). The Suns held an amazing 45-4 advantage in bench points.

The Suns, 2-2 in TVSL action, take on the Los Angeles Clippers at 10 p.m. ET Friday night, while the Blazers end summer league competition with a 3-2 record


Price's 31 lead Kings past Mavs

The Sacramento Kings outscored the Dallas Mavericks by double-digits in three of four quarters for an easy 96-73 win.

The Mavericks had a 17-14 lead after one quarter of play, but were outscored 82-56 in the final three quarters.

Ronnie Price
Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty ImagesPrice has been looking good for Sacto, dropping in 31 points in his latest effort.
Ronnie Price, who took control of the game in the third quarter, finished with a game-high 31 points (12-17 FG) on an array of jumpers and drives. Eugene "Pooh" Jeter contributed 20 points (7-11 FG), while Taj Gray had 10 points (4-4 FG). Jeter's 20-point outing equaled his points total from the Kings four previous games.

The Mavericks were paced by Rawle Marshall (6-20 FG, 8-10 FT) and Pavel Podkolzin (6-8 FG, 8-12 FT), each pitching in 20 points. Podkolzin also grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

Sacramento shot 55 percent (38-69 FG) for the game, while Dallas finished at 41 percent (23-56 FG). The Kings had a 47-21 advantage in bench points and a 45-33 rebounding edge.

The Kings complete summer league play with a 4-1 record, the lone loss coming by one point to the New York Knicks. The Mavericks, 0-4 in league play, take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.


Fourteen times four: Cavs top Hornets

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 78-70 Wednesday afternoon.

The Cavaliers had a 42-37 halftime lead, but the Hornets started the second half strong, taking the lead at 56-55 on an Ezra Williams jumper. Following a Cedric Simmons dunk that gave the Hornets a 58-55 lead, Cleveland went on a 10-0 run to stretch their lead to seven.

Hilton Armstrong cut the lead to just four with 2:05 remaining, but a Kirk Snyder technical foul (his second of the game) and a 3-pointer by Stephen Graham pushed the lead and gave the Cavaliers the eight point win.

Sharrod Ford led the Cavs in scoring with 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-10 FT) and six rebounds. Graham (6-14 FG), Shannon Brown (5-10 FG), Daniel Gibson (5-6 FG) and Brandon Hunter (4-4 FG, 6-8 FT) had 14 points apiece.

Armstrong, a rookie out of UConn, had a game-high 20 points on seven-of-13 shooting and six-of-six free throw shooting. Snyder contributed 12 points (2-5 FG, 8-9 FT), while Williams pitched in with 11 points (5-8 FG).

The Cavs shot 46 percent (27-59 FG) for the game, while the Hornets shot 41 percent (24-59 FG).

The Hornets, 1-3 in TVSL, finish league play on Friday at 8 p.m. ET when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavaliers, 2-2 in TVSL play, finish out against the Toronto Raptors on Friday at 6 p.m. ET


Nuggets win close one over Celtics

After losing the lead to the Boston Celtics in the third quarter, the Denver Nuggets fought back to win its Toshiba Vegas Summer League game 112-108 on Tuesday evening. The game was knotted at 86-86 with 5:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets managed to take the lead for good at the 1:27 mark on free throws made by Yakhouba Diawara. Boston fought back with key baskets down the stretch, but could not overcome Denver's offense.

After a first quarter, which was evenly played by both squads 35-35, Denver took a short-lived five-point lead at the half (55-50). The Celtics erased the deficit by notching a six-point edge in the third, but the Nuggets knocked down five more points down the stretch for the four-point victory.

Casey Jacobsen and Kelenna Azubuike pitched in 21 points each in the winning effort. Jacobsen (6-12 FG) was perfect from the line, hitting all seven free throws. Azubuike (5-11 FG, 11-20 FT) fell short of a double-double as he collected eight rebounds. Four other Nuggets chipped in double-digit point outings, with Diawara scoring 14, while Ricky Sanchez's 13 was followed by Cheyne Gadson's 11 and John Gilchrist's 10.

Boston's Sebastian Telfair was the top scorer on the night with his 26-point (7-14 FG, 10-13 FT) outburst. Gerald Green trailed Telfair with his 24 points (8-16 FG). Ryan Gomes' 18, Al Jefferson's 17 and Rajon Rando's 11 broke the double-figure mark, as well.

For the game, Denver shot 55.2 percent, while Boston hit 50.0 percent of its shots.

Boston returns to action on Friday at 4 p.m. ET against the Detroit Pistons, while the Nuggets played their fifth and final game tonight.

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