The 2017 Las Vegas Summer League kicked off Friday with a busy six-game slate split between the Cox Pavilion and the Thomas and Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada.
Day 1 was headlined by the hyped debut of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. Fittingly, the UCLA product and second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft started his NBA journey against the rival Los Angeles Clippers.
Let’s check out the complete schedule for opening night of the 11-day tournament, which will be updated through the conclusion of Friday’s games. That’s followed by a recap of the action.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (8:30 p.m. ET)
Raptors 96 (1-0), Pelicans 93 (0-1)
Fred VanVleet hit a game-winning jumper with 4.5 seconds left to give Toronto a thrilling victory over New Orleans to open play in the Vegas Summer League.
The clutch shot capped a strong showing from the 23-year-old Wichita State product, who split last season with Toronto and its NBA G League affiliate, Raptors 905. He tallied 18 points, nine assists, three rebounds and two steals.
The Raptors highlighted his late-game heroics:
Pascal Siakam added 24 points in 30 minutes by connecting on 10 of his 14 shots from the field. Fellow 2016 first-round pick Jakob Poeltl picked up a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
Cheick Diallo posted a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans. Quinn Cook also had a solid day at the offensive end with 16 points, knocking down seven of his 13 attempts.
Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate commented on the tandem:
Toronto returns to action Saturday to face off with the Minnesota Timberwolves. New Orleans is off until Sunday when it will take on the Atlanta Hawks.
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