Young scores 36 to pace Wizards
LAS VEGAS -- Nick Young led the Washington Wizards to a 96-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers during 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports play at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Young was 13-19 from the floor and scored a 2009 Summer League high 36 points.
"It felt I just had a good one -- I couldn't miss, the rim looked bigger," said Young on his outing. "I've been working hard all summer so it felt good to have it come out like that."
Cleveland overcame a 14-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game at 84 with 1:16 left to play. Washington answered back, regaining the lead when Andre Blatche was on the receiving end of a backdoor pass and connected on an and-one bucket. The Wizards scored their last 10 points from the line down the stretch to secure the victory. Cleveland's Tarance Kinsey, who was the Cavaliers' high-scorer with 22 points, sunk a running jumper as time expired, but it wasn't enough.
The Wizards jumped out to an early 12-4 lead on the back of Young's eight-point quarter, but Cleveland battled back, with Jawad Williams providing a spark off the bench, scoring five points. Cleveland took their only lead of the game 21-20 as the first quarter wound down. Washington responded with a quick bucket to end the quarter up one, 22-21.
Washington took control in the opening minutes of the second quarter using a 17-4 run to stretch their lead to 14 points, 39-25. The teams traded baskets before Washington took a 10-point lead, 47-37, into the half. Washington's Tyrese Rice scored 11 points off the bench in the first half and Tarence Kinsey paced the Cavaliers with 12 points in the first two quarters.
Young came gunning out of the halftime break, scoring 19 points in the third quarter as the Wizards took control, leading by as many as 18 points. At the end of three, Washington led 75-61. Christian Eyenga, Cleveland's first selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, scored seven in the quarter.