The California Classic Summer League and the Salt Lake City Summer League showcased some thrilling basketball action on Wednesday, July 6, with the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and San Antonio Spurs emerging victorious in their respective matchups.
In California, the Golden State Warriors put on a dominant performance against the Charlotte Hornets, securing a comfortable 98-83 victory.
The game started with both teams going back and forth, but the Warriors took a 48-40 lead into halftime. During the third quarter, Golden State found its rhythm, outscoring the Hornets by a significant 29-15 margin. The Warriors extended their lead to as much as 24 points, sealing the win.
Lester Quinones had an outstanding game for the Warriors, leading the team with 21 points. Gui Santos contributed 18 points, while first-round pick Brandin Podziemski displayed his versatility with 17 points, four rebounds, five steals, and a block. Kendric Davis mirrored Podziemski’s scoring with 17 points and added five rebounds and four assists.
Despite the loss, the Hornets had some notable performances from their roster. Second-round pick Amari Bailey showcased his skills with 17 points, while Nick Smith, the 27th overall pick, contributed 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Kai Jones made his presence felt with 12 markers, four boards, four steals, and two blocks, and Bryce McGowens chipped in with 10 points.
Memphis 94, Oklahoma 86
In the Salt Lake City Summer League, the Memphis Grizzlies held off a late rally from the Oklahoma City Thunder to secure a 94-86 victory.
The Grizzlies controlled the game for the most part, leading with a score of 39-31 after the first quarter. They maintained their lead throughout the matchup, shooting an impressive 45% from beyond the arc with 17 made 3-pointers.
The Grizzlies’ defense also played a pivotal role, capitalizing on turnovers and outscoring the Thunder 29-7 points off of turnovers.
Jake LaRavia led the way for the Grizzlies with 25 points, showcasing his scoring prowess. Kenneth Lofton had an all-around game, contributing 12 markers, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Vince Williams stood out with 18 points, nine rebounds, and two steals, while Jacob Gilyard displayed his defensive skills with 10 points, four rebounds, six assists, and seven steals.
Despite the loss, the Thunder had standout performances from Tre Mann, who scored a game-high 28 points, and Chet Holmgren, who recorded a double-double with 10 baskets, 11 boards, two steals, and three blocks. Jared Butler provided 16 points, four rebounds, and six assists, while Ousmane Dieng contributed 13 points and six rebounds.
San Antonio 109, LA Lakers 99
Meanwhile, in the California Classic Summer League, the San Antonio Spurs emerged victorious against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 109-99 win. The game was closely contested, featuring eight ties and 14 lead changes. However, the Spurs took control during the third quarter, outscoring the Lakers 29-21 to secure a 13-point lead heading into the final frame.
Malaki Branham had a sensational performance for the Spurs, leading all scorers with 32 points and contributing five rebounds. Julian Champagnie provided ample support with 28 points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Blake Wesley showcased his versatility with 18 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, while Charles Bediako made an impact off the bench with seven points and eight boards.
The Lakers had a strong showing from Max Christie, who recorded 25 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Colin Castleton finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and four blocks. Cole Swider contributed 18 points and seven boards, while Jalen Hood-Schifino amassed 20 points, three rebounds, and four assists.
These summer league matchups provided a glimpse into the potential of these young players, with standout performances from Lester Quinones, Brandin Podziemski, Jake LaRavia, Malaki Branham, and more. Fans can look forward to more exciting action as the summer league continues.