Orlando, Day 4: Wright's 28 points lift Nets
Courtesy of OrlandoMagic.com:
Despite a combined 63-point effort by Charlotte's Adam Morrison and Sean May, New Jersey rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Bobcats their first loss of the week, 94-87, in Day 4 action at the Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando.
May scored 32 points and Morrison added 31 for the Bobcats, but it wasn't enough as the Nets outscored Charlotte 31-19 in the final period.
Charlotte held a 26-18 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter, getting 13 points from May and five points each from Morrison and Kevin Burleson. Morrison added 10 more points in the second quarter, but the rest of the Bobcats lineup went scoreless - allowing New Jersey to creep back into the game and hold a 40-36 edge entering the second half.
While Morrison was the lone scoring presence in the second quarter, Charlotte's offense came alive in the third as the team put up 32 points on the scoreboard to take a 68-63 lead entering the final period. May alone scored 19 points during that 10 minute stretch, giving him 32 through three quarters.
Down by seven in the opening minutes of the fourth, New Jersey kept pace as a Josh Boone alley-oop from Marcus Williams cut the deficit to three. But minutes later, Morrison canned a three near the top of the key to increase the Bobcats lead to six.
With less than four minutes to play and New Jersey down by only one possession, Wright tied up the game with a three and followed by hitting a pair of free throws on the next possession. Marcus Williams then added a three to give the Nets a five point lead.
A Morrison jumper brought Charlotte back within three, but Marcus Williams hit 2-of-3 free throws after getting fouled beyond the arc by Burleson with 1:44 on the clock. From there, the Bobcats missed five of their last six shots and New Jersey took care of business from the charity stripe to seal the win.
-- Matthew Gardner
Diener and Walsh pace Magic past Bulls
Behind the hot shooting hands of Travis Diener and Matt Walsh, the Orlando Magic notched their second victory of the 2006 Pepsi Pro Summer League, downing the Chicago Bulls 93-87 on Thursday evening. Diener tallied the biggest point total of any scorer so far this week, pouring in 34 on 11-for-16 shooting from the field while hitting on 7-of-10 shots from behind the arc.
Walsh ended the contest with three treys and 20 points, while Shipp chipped in 17 for Orlando. Michael Harris led the way for the Bulls with 17, while Tyrus Thomas finished 5-of-11 from the field with 13 points and four rebounds. Both teams shot an identical 50.8 percent for the game, but the difference came from three-point land, where the Magic hit on 13-of-24 attempts (54.2 percent).
Orlando withstood a furious late rally from Chicago to take home the 'W,' as the Bulls erased a 10-point Magic lead midway through the fourth with a 13-4 run. Tyrus Thomas capped off the spree, closing the gap to as little as one, 87-86, with a three from the top of the key with 1:00 left on the clock. But Diener and James Augustine sealed the victory, combining to hit all six of their charity shots down the stretch to maintain the lead.
-- Melanie Curtsinger
Winning is a 'Snap' for Pacers
The Pacers found the explosive spark seen in Wednesday's 89-62 thrashing of New Jersey, but not until the second half, outscoring the Heat 51-27 and cruising to their second straight victory 89-81 in the final contest of day four.
Leading the way for Indiana was Jimmie "Snap" Hunter, with 20 points and five assists in the win. After recording only six points in the first three games combined, Taylor Coppenrath had a strong showing, pouring in 19 points and leading the team with seven rebounds. Danny Granger chipped in 17 points in his return to summer league play. Leading the Heat was big man Earl Barron with 19 points, who before tonight was averaging 25.7 points a game.
The Pacers came out focused in the third, cooling the Heat and overcoming a 16-point deficit to snatch the lead for a few moments. A Granger steal leading to a layup with 1:04 left in the third cut the lead to one, 62-63. The Heat were unable to convert on the ensuing possession as Indiana charged down the floor and recaptured the lead, 64-63 after a strong move from Taylor Coppenrath led to two free throws. But, the Heat still went into the fourth period holding a two-point advantage, 66-64.
The Pacers exploded into the fourth quarter and never looked back, improving their record to 2-2.
-- Amanda Norvell