The Clippers won their third game in a row in the MGM Las Vegas Summer League to earn a bye in the tournament’s upcoming playoffs.
Montrezl Harrell impressed in his first appearance in a LA Clippers’ uniform and Jamil Wilson’s hot hand carried over from LA’s last victory to help the Clippers defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in their third summer league game.
Harrell finished the game with 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the floor and had some impressive finishes in his Clippers debut, including this jam on a beautiful alley-oop pass from Sindarius Thornwell.
In addition to his scoring, Harrell was also active on the defensive end, recording two blocks and three steals in 26 minutes of action.
Jamil Wilson came out swinging after an excellent performance in the Clippers’ victory against the Jazz earlier in the week and showed the versatility that could help him secure a spot on an NBA team for this upcoming season. Wilson was once again stellar from the floor, finishing with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting, but showed that he could do more than just score.
The forward dished out eight assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, including this putback dunk to end the first half.
The Clippers’ 2017 draft picks, Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans also turned in impressive performances in the LA victory.
Thornwell rebounded from a poor performance in the team’s last game and scored 18 points in addition to grabbing five rebounds and producing four assists for the Clips. Thornwell was also a pest on defense, causing multiple Bucks turnovers and snatching two steals, highlighted by this hustle play leading to a steal and an assist to Harrell for a ferocious fastbreak slam.
Evans earned the start in the Clippers’ victory after an impressive showing in limited minutes in the team’s win against the Jazz. The point guard showed out on offense, ending the game with 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field but also tallied five rebounds and eight assists. Evans once again showed his Chris Paul-esque passing abilities with some beautiful dimes in the game, including this sweet bounce pass that resulted in an and-one finish for Montrezl Harrell.
Hollis Thompson was the fifth Clipper player to reach double digits in scoring in the game, quietly finishing with 10 points and four rebounds on 4 of 7 shooting from the field and showing his finishing abilities with this tough and-one layup in the second quarter.
David Michineau chipped in four points and three rebounds before leaving the game with a hamstring early in the game. The guard also managed to produce two assists in his five minutes of action, including this off the backboard alley-oop to Wilson after stealing the ball on the defensive end and injuring his hamstring in the process. (Maybe it was just a really bad layup attempt but he was credited with an assist in the stat book)
With the victory over the Bucks, the Clippers finished the preliminary games of the Las Vegas Summer League with an undefeated 3-0 record and earned a bye for the first round in the tournament’s playoff system. The opponent is yet to be determined, but since the Clippers have earned a bye, their next game won’t be until Thursday, July 13th.