Morrison scores 24 as Lakers win
LAS VEGAS -- Adam Morrison and Ben McCauley scored 24 points a piece as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 85-84 at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports. The game was played at COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"It was a good win for us, it's really good to be out on the court playing." said Lakers Morrison.
A see-saw game that saw 16 lead changes and 12 ties, the game went down to the wire. The teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter, knotting in ties at 66 with just over eight minutes to play, at 75 with just over four minutes to play and at 81 with just under one minute left in regulation.
With the game tied at 14.7 seconds, Los Angeles' Ben McCauley hit a fade-away jumper to give the Lakers an 83-81 edge. Toronto scrambled to foul, with DeMar DeRozen committing his fifth with 7.6 seconds, and Roko Ukic picking one up on Adam Morrison with 4.8 seconds remaining. Morrison hit two clutch free throws coming of the foul to put his team up 85-81. But, the Raptors weren't done - Ukic ran the court and hit a too-little-too-late long-range three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Lakers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, but Toronto's Quincy Douby snapped the streak and unleashed a 20-8 run that took the team through the end of the quarter. The Raptors led by 4, 20-16, at the end of one.
Toronto continued their dominance into the second period, going up by as many as 12 points on the back of Douby's 11-point half. But, the Lakers battled back, as Adam Morrison scored 9 of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter. Toronto, shooting 56 percent to Los Angeles' 30 percent, finished the half up nine, 40-31.
The tides turned in the third, as Los Angeles outscored Toronto 31-21 as Dominique Coleman scored 11 points and Ben McCauley netted eight in the period. At the end of three, the Lakers had edged the Raptors by one, 62-61.
Ukic and Douby scored 16 points apiece for the Raptors in the loss, while Patrick O'Bryant added 15 and DeRozen scored 10. David Monds chipped in with 17 points for the Lakers.