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NBA TV to televise 107 games during 2021-22 regular season

Star power, reunions, rematches highlight 2021-22 NBA schedule

The 2021-22 regular season schedule pays tribute to the NBA's history for 75th anniversary season.

NBA TV will televise — the NBA’s 75th Anniversary season — with the league’s biggest stars and top teams in action, including the NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.

The network will tip off its regular season coverage with five games in three nights, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 23. The new-look Miami Heat and Kyle Lowry will visit the Indiana Pacers and Domantas Sabonis at 7 p.m. ET, followed by a meeting of two of the Western Conference’s top backcourts with the Portland Trail Blazers hosting the Phoenix Suns at 10 p.m.

One night later, the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum will visit the Houston Rockets and No. 2 overall NBA Draft pick Jalen Green on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

The Nets and Kevin Durant will host the Washington Wizards and Bradley Beal on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the first Center Court presentation of the season. NBA TV’s Center Court franchise is the network’s marquee night of programming, which incorporates enhanced viewing options (such as unique camera angles, next-gen analytics and social media integrations) into the originally produced telecast. The second game of NBA TV’s doubleheader will feature the LA Clippers and Paul George hosting the Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 10:30 p.m.

NBA TV will present a matchup between the and on Monday, Nov. 1 (7:30 PM ET), marking the 75th anniversary of the league’s first regular-season game, which was played between the Knicks and Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946.

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As part of the league’s “NBA 75 Classic Matchups” highlighting the teams, players, coaches and moments that have defined the league, the New York Knicks will host the Toronto Raptors on Monday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The event will mark the 75th anniversary of the league’s first game, which was played between the Knicks and Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946. The NBA and NBA Digital will be celebrating “NBA 75” throughout the season, with additional details to be announced at a later date.

Later in the season, NBA TV will feature a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matchup on Monday, Jan. 17, when the Lakers and LeBron James host the Utah Jazz and Donovan Mitchell at 10:30 p.m.

Additional game highlights include:

• Friday, Nov. 26 – The NBA’s two most recent Kia NBA MVPs will meet when the Denver Nuggets and Nikola Jokic host the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo at 9 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 27 – A blockbuster matchup with the Nets and James Harden hosting the Suns and Chris Paul at 7:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 16 – Two of the Eastern Conference’s leading contenders will meet when the Nets and Durant host the 76ers and Joel Embiid at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 18 – As part of the league’s “NBA 75 Classic Matchups” series, the Knicks will visit the Celtics at 8:30 p.m. in a meeting of two franchises that have played in every NBA season.

• Thursday, Dec. 23 – The Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic will host the Bucks and Antetokounmpo at 8:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 28 – A pair of Kia NBA MVPs will meet when the Nuggets and Jokic visit the Warriors and Stephen Curry at 10 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 30 – Star-studded doubleheader starting with the Nets and Kyrie Irving hosting the 76ers and Embiid at 7 p.m., followed by the Nuggets and Jokic hosting the Warriors and Curry at 9:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Western Conference doubleheader will tip off with the Memphis Grizzlies and rising star Ja Morant hosting the Warriors and Curry at 8 p.m., followed by the Nuggets and Clippers at 10:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Jan. 23 – The Lakers and James will visit the Heat and Jimmy Butler in a rematch of the 2020 NBA Finals at 6 p.m. NBA TV’s second game of the night will feature the Warriors and Curry hosting the Jazz and Rudy Gobert at 8:30 p.m.

• Monday, Feb. 14 – The Trail Blazers and Lillard will visit the Bucks and Khris Middleton at 8 p.m., followed by the Warriors and Curry at the Clippers and George at 10:30 p.m.

• Monday, March 7 – Two of the Western Conference’s leading young stars will meet when the Mavericks and Doncic host the Jazz and Mitchell at 8:30 p.m.

• Monday, March 21 – Leading contenders from both conferences will meet with the Nets and Harden hosting the Jazz and Mitchell at 7:30 p.m.

• Friday, April 1 – The New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson will host the Lakers and Anthony Davis at 10:30 p.m. The night’s doubleheader action will tip off with Clippers at Bucks at 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 5 – Heading into the NBA Playoffs, the Lakers and Suns will meet at 10:30 p.m. Earlier in the night, the Chicago Bulls and Zach LaVine will host the Bucks and Jrue Holiday at 8 p.m.

NBA TV is available directly to consumers through NBA.com and the NBA App. The channel’s programming offerings include live NBA game telecasts, original programming and an extensive list of on-demand video content.

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Miami Heat requiring all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Miami Heat requiring all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Employees who have not met vaccination requirements by that date will not be allowed at work.

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat announced Friday that all employees must be in the process of becoming fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1.

Exemptions will be available for those awaiting a second dose of a two-shot vaccine or those with “a qualifying medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief,” the team said. Employees who have not met vaccination requirements by that date will not be allowed at work, and if they remain noncompliant eventually will be considered to have resigned.

The Heat said in a statement that the “stability and success of the live events industry hinges on prioritizing safety — of our players, our employees, our partners, our fans, our vendors and the media. One of the ways we can substantially minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission is to ensure our entire staff is vaccinated.”

The Heat have not yet revealed their plans for welcoming fans to home games this season.

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Jason Terry named coach of G League's Grand Rapids Gold

Jason Terry named coach of G League's Grand Rapids Gold

Jason Terry spent the 2020-21 season as an assistant coach with his alma mater Arizona Wildcats. 

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets G League affiliate the Grand Rapids Gold have announced the hiring of Jason Terry as their new Head Coach.

The 19-year NBA veteran brings a wealth of experience and basketball knowledge with him to Grand Rapids, having appeared in 1,410 career games, the ninth most in NBA history. The sharp-shooting NBA Champion owns career averages of 13.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists while connecting on 2,282 career three-pointers, the seventh most all-time. After wrapping up his prolific playing career in 2018, Terry spent the 2019-20 season as the Assistant General Manager for the G League’s Texas Legends and the 2020-21 season as an assistant coach with his alma mater Arizona Wildcats.

Terry was drafted 10th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks where he was named to the All-Rookie Second Team in 1999-00. Terry spent the first five years of his career with the Hawks before being traded to Dallas where he spent the next eight seasons and helped the Mavericks earn an NBA Championship in 2011. Terry appeared in all 21 playoff games during the championship run while averaging 17.5 points (second to Nowitzki), 3.2 assists and shot a scorching 44.2% from beyond the arc. He enjoyed one of his most successful individual seasons in 2008-09 when he was named the Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 19.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33.7 minutes per game.

The Seattle, Washington native entered the NBA after spending four years at the University of Arizona, including a senior season where he averaged 21.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists and shot 40% from three-point range. Terry was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, All-Pac-12 First Team and Consensus All-American First Team his final season at Arizona.

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2021 Summer League Standouts, Day 13

2021 Summer League Standouts, Day 13

Armoni Brooks hit nine 3-pointers, including the game-winner to spark a wild Rockets comeback.

A look at top performers from Las Vegas on Day 13 of Summer League:

Armoni Brooks, Houston Rockets

Armoni Brooks got a late start to Summer League due to Health & Safety Protocols, but he saved his best for last. After struggling Sunday night, the Rockets’ second-year guard scored 30 points, hitting 9 of 17 3-pointers, including the game-winning triple that capped off a furious comeback in the Rockets’ 95-92 victory over the Trail Blazers. Houston went on a late 12-0 run to take control after trailing most of the game to stun Portland. The 23-year-old guard also grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists in his team’s finale in Las Vegas.

Brooks, who averaged 11.2 points in 20 games with Houston last season, is a restricted free agent, so he may have shown the team enough with his time in Las Vegas to lock up a qualifying offer for next season.

Game Recap: Rockets 95, Trail Blazers 92


Jarell Martin, Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz’s Jarell Martin had an excellent, well-rounded performance during Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Martin, looking to find his way back into the league after playing the last two seasons overseas, made a strong case Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old power forward scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Utah’s 103-98 loss to the 76ers, Martin, who was the 25th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, was 8-for-13 from the field and added four assists and four steals to his tally.

Martin has 184 NBA appearances (40 starts), averaging 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.9 minutes.

The LSU product most recently played for Sydney in the Australian NBL. In 2020-21, he averaged 17.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26.6 minutes.

Game Recap: Sixers 103, Jazz 98


Louis King, Sacramento Kings

The Kings’ big man scored 21 points, grabbed three rebounds and tallied five steals to lead Sacramento to a 100-67 win over the Boston Celtics in the championship game of the MGM Resorts Summer League. King was 8-for-18 from the field, hitting 4 of 8 3-pointers in 23 minutes to lead the rout.

The Oregon product went undrafted in 2019 and played six games for the Kings while spending most of last season in the G League. For his efforts on Tuesday, King was named Summer League Final MVP of the final in leading Sacramento to its second title.

Game Recap: Kings 100, Celtics 67


Trevelin Queen, Los Angeles Lakers

The 24-year-old hasn’t broken into the NBA yet, but he was the spark for the Lakers on Tuesday in their come-from-behind 84-76 win over the Warriors on the final day of Summer League action. Queen had 21 points, five rebounds and four steals and helped lead L.A.’s comeback from 17 points down. Queen, who went undrafted in the 2020 Draft coming out of New Mexico State, was 8-for-16 from the field and capped off a successful Summer League with his best game. In five games in Las Vegas, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 13.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 48.0% from the field (53.8% on 3s).

Game Recap: Lakers 84, Warriors 76


Paul Reed, Philadelphia 76ers

Reed capped off a memorable Summer League with another double-double for the Sixers. Reed tallied 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals while hitting 7 of 13 shots from the floor to lead Philly to a 103-98 win over the Jazz on the final day of action. Reed played in 26 games for the Sixers last season and may have shown he can become more of a regular with his play in Las Vegas. Tuesday’s double-double followed up his monster game on Sunday in which he tallied 27 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks. Reed, who was the 2021 G League MVP and Rookie of the Year last season, averaged 17.4 points, 12.0 rebounds (2nd overall) and 2.2 blocks in 29.3 minutes while shooting 55.6% from the field.

Game Recap: Sixers 103, Jazz 98


Michael Beasley, Portland Trail Blazers

A special shoutout needs to be given for the veteran Beasley, who capped off his Summer League with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes of action. The 32-year-old veteran has been out of the league since playing 26 games for the Lakers in 2018-19, but showed he still has some fight in him. In five games, the 11-year veteran averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 44% from the field (45% on 3s). Whether he did enough to earn a roster spot remains to be seen, but the fact a former No. 2 Draft pick was willing to join the youngsters in Las Vegas can only help his case.

Not for nothing! Thank you and coach billups for allowing me to continue to chase my dream. I know it’s but it means a lot💜💜💜

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Emmanuel Mudiay, Portland Trail Blazers

Another veteran trying to find his way back into the league had an all-around solid game in Portland’s 95-92 loss to the Rockets. The former No. 7 pick in 2015 flirted with a triple-double with 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 26 minutes. Mudiay was 6-for-11 from the field, hitting a pair of 3s and showed he can still be a successful point guard in the league. In five games, Mudiay averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists while shooting 48.9% from the floor.


Naji Marshall, New Orleans Pelicans

Game Recap: Pelicans 87, Timberwolves 59

The Pelicans’ forward didn’t break out with his scoring on Tuesday, but he did dazzle in other ways. Marshall finished with 10 rebounds and 10 assists – including this jaw-dropping full-court dime to Moses Wright — to lead New Orleans to the 87-59 rout of the Wolves.

Marshall was a key contributor as a two-way player for the Pelicans last season, averaging 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 32 games and could have solidified his spot in the rotation by leading New Orleans to a 5-0 record in Las Vegas. The second-year forward was one of the Pelicans’ best players at Summer League, averaging 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 42.4% from the field (42.9% on 3s) entering Tuesday’s game.

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Information from RotoWire.com was used in this report.

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Kings hammer Celtics to claim Summer League title

Game Recap: Kings 100, Celtics 67

Kings 100, Celtics 67: |


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Louis King slammed home a two-handed dunk with a little more than two minutes left in the third quarter of the NBA Summer League championship game, let out a monstrous roar and promptly flexed with authority.

Fittingly, it was King who dominated for Sacramento and finished with 21 points to help the Kings cruise to a 100-67 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in front of a sparse, masked crowd that barely filled the bottom bowl, an uncommon scene for a title game that has packed the venue in recent years prior to the pandemic.

It was Sacramento’s first Summer League title since 2014.

“Our transition, that’s what started it, our defense and transition points, that’s what it came down to,” said King, who started his career in Detroit after going undrafted from Oregon in 2019. “I feel like everything we’re doing now, that we’re doing all summer, and what we’ve been doing is just going to translate into our regular-season team.

“We’ve got new guys, new faces and we just got to trust each other.”

One of those new faces is defensive stopper Davion Mitchell, who was taken ninth overall in last month’s draft and was out to prove the franchise didn’t make a mistake in adding him to an already guard-heavy lineup that includes Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox.

It’s not as if the Kings needed a boost to an offense that ranked 11th in the league with 113.7 points per game last season. Instead, it was the guard’s defensive tenacity the Kings are hoping will help a lethargic defense that allowed 117.4 points per game, third-worst in the league.

“We loved what we saw and that’s why we drafted him,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “We continue to try to bring a certain player in and the front office has done a nice job, and you watch Davion play and you see him win a national championship, you get his background and how he competes and how he leads and how he works, and that’s why we spent a top-10 pick on him.”

While the Kings got additional contributions from Jahmi’us Ramsey (16), Matt Coleman III (14), and Ade Murkey (10), Mitchell chipped in with nine points but more importantly shut down Boston sharpshooter Payton Pritchard.

Carsen Edwards had 15 points and Aaron Nesmith 12 for Boston. Pritchard finished with just six points after being limited to 3-of-9 shooting from the floor.

“All my life I’ve played with a chip on my shoulder. I’ve kind of always been like the underdog, especially coming to Sacramento hearing that they’re not a really good defensive team,” Mitchell said. “That kind of just turned me on, like I really want to change the narrative, I want to be a defensive team because defense wins championships. So yeah, coming into Summer League I tried to show that and I think I did a really good job of that.”

After the Celtics took a 14-4 lead behind the strong play of Nesmith, who opened the game with eight points, the Kings stormed back quickly with a 20-6 run to take a four-point lead after one behind 10 points from King.

The Kings, who had the edge in fast-break points (24-4), pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring Boston 26-13 to take a 70-49 lead into the final 10 minutes.

“I didn’t know what to expect out of this game,” coach Bobby Jackson said. ”I knew it was going to be a really good game because looking at them on film they play fast, they shot a lot of 3s. In my meetings, I always told the guys they haven’t run across a defense like us, and if we buy into defending and have each other’s backs, the ball is going to fall. It was just an effort on the defensive side of the ball.”

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Las Vegas Summer League: Kings rout Celtics for Summer League title

Led by Louis King's 21 points, the Kings beat the Celtics for the Summer League title.


Kings 100, Celtics 67: |


Louis King scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 100-67 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at Thomas and Mack Center to win the 2021 MGM Resorts Summer League Championship.

The Celtics jumped to a good start in the contest with an early 15-4 lead, but the Kings fought their way back using a 20-5 run to take a four-point lead by the end of the first quarter. The Kings kept the momentum going and maintained control through the second, taking an eight-point lead into the break. The Celtics came out flat in the third and let the game slip out of reach, as the Kings rallied to a 21-point lead by the end of the quarter. The Kings had no interest in taking it easy down the stretch as they charged to a game-high 33-point advantage at the final buzzer.

In addition to Louis King’s 21 points, Jahmi’us Ramsey added 16 points on 8-for-16 shooting, and Matt Coleman III tallied 14 points and three assists to help lead the way in scoring for the Kings. Emanuel Terry was also a key factor in the win, with nine points, 15 rebounds and five steals.

The Summer League title is the second for Sacramento, which previously won the tournament in 2014.

Carsen Edwards led the Celtics with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block, in 33 minutes. Aaron Nesmith was the only other player to score in double digits for the Celtics, with 12 points and six rebounds. However he and Payton Pritchard combined for 12 turnovers.

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Las Vegas Summer League: Pelicans rout Wolves to close Summer League unbeaten

The Pelicans use a balanced attack to beat the Timberwolves.


Pelicans 87, Timberwolves 59: |


Daulton Hommes scored a game-high 17 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to an 87-59 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the MGM Resorts Summer League on Tuesday at Cox Pavilion.

The contest got out to a competitive start, as the Pelicans held a three-point lead after one quarter. However, the Timberwolves went quiet in the second quarter, where they were outscored 25-9, as the Pelicans amassed a 19-point lead by halftime. The Timberwolves did not manage to bring the contest back into contention through the second half, as the Pelicans rallied to a game-high 31-point lead late in the fourth on their way to the blowout.

A total of five players scored in double digits for the Pelicans, including Moses Wright and David DiLeo, who tallied 13 points each. Naji Marshall did not put up many points but had a big impact with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and just one turnover in 23 minutes.

Isaiah Miller was the only player to score in double digits for the Timberwolves with 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting in 22 minutes. Nathan Knight logged seven points, seven rebounds and two steals, while McKinley Wright IV finished with eight points, six rebounds and two assists.

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Las Vegas Summer League: Lakers rally from 17 down to drop Warriors

Lakers rally from 17 down to beat the Warriors.


Lakers 84, Warriors 76: |


Trevelin Queen’s game-high 21 points and a furious rally from a 17-point deficit led the Los Angeles Lakers to an 84-76 win over the Golden State Warriors in an MGM Resorts Summer League playoff game at Thomas and Mack Center on Tuesday night.

The Warriors appeared to be in control early, forging a nine-point lead by halftime. They managed to tack on another four points during the third quarter, but the final 10 minutes belonged to the Lakers. Los Angeles outscored Golden State by a 34-13 margin during that span to notch the comeback win — one that saw its second unit outscore the Warriors’ bench by a massive 53-19 spread.

Queen complemented his 21-point tally with five rebounds and four steals. Chaundee Brown supplied 12 points, two rebounds and one steal. Vic Law furnished 11 points, nine boards, two assists and one steal. Tres Tinkle matched Law’s point total and added five rebounds, one assist and one block. Devontae Cacok supplied 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and three steals.

Rookie second-round pick Justinian Jessup paced the Warriors with 18 points, supplementing them with three rebounds, one assist and one block. Kyle Guy managed 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and one steal. First-round selection Moses Moody registered 14 points, two boards, one assist, one steal and one block.

The Lakers finish Summer League play with a 3-2 mark, while the Warriors ended with a 2-3 mark.

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Las Vegas Summer League: Bench powers Raptors past Nets

Matt Morgan powers the Raptors past the Nets.


Raptors 86, Nets 72: |


The Toronto Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 86-72 in the MGM Resorts Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Tuesday.

While there were six ties and nine lead changes in this game, Toronto won or tied all four individual quarters. In fact, the Raptors kicked things off with a 22-17 first quarter and put the game to bed with a 31-25 fourth quarter.  The 8-8 second quarter was the only quarter the Raptors didn’t win, and it marked the lowest-scoring quarter of this Summer League. The Raptors’ bench ended up outscoring the Nets’ bench 47-20, and Toronto doubled Brooklyn up in points in the paint 52-26. Toronto shot 42% from the field and 35% from 3-point range while holding Brooklyn to 32% from the field and 29% from long range.

Brandon Knight was Brooklyn’s leading scorer, tallying 15 points, two rebounds and two assists. Alize Johnson amassed 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Kessler Edwards and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 11 points apiece, while Jordan Bowden led the bench with 10 points, four assists and four steals.

Matt Morgan led Toronto with 24 points and five assists off the bench. Jalen Adams led the starters with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Dalano Banton had nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Justin Champagnie totaled 11 points, 11 boards and two steals.

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Las Vegas Summer League: Rockets use big 4th quarter to drop Blazers

Led by Armoni Brooks's 30 points, the Rockets hold off the Blazers.


Rockets 95, Trail Blazers 92: |


The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Houston Rockets 95-92 in the MGM Resorts Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Tuesday.

A 25-18 first quarter in favor of Portland allowed them to hold the lead for 37 minutes of this 40-minute game, but Houston was able to prevail. The Rockets actually finished the game on a 12-2 run over the final four minutes, riding a 32-22 fourth quarter to the comeback victory. Portland went just 2-for-10 from the field and committed four turnovers in those final four minutes. Houston recorded 26 assists to nine turnovers while Portland had 18 assists to 15 turnovers.

Armoni Brooks led the Rockets with 30 points, six rebounds and three assists. Josh Christopher collected 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Justin Anderson led the bench with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists and four blocks. Usman Garuba also had eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Antonio Blakeney led the Trail Blazers with 23 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Michael Beasley led the starters with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. CJ Elleby generated 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Emmanuel Mudiay tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.