Game Recap: Suns 92, Mavericks 85

The Phoenix Suns took control in the second and third quarters to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 92-85 in the Las Vegas Summer League opener for both teams Friday at Thomas and Mack Center.
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After the first quarter ended with the Mavericks leading, 21-20, it looked like the game would be close throughout. But the Suns outscored the Mavericks by 19 over the second and third quarters to pull away.

Phoenix won despite 18 turnovers to Dallas’ 10 and losing the battle on the offensive glass, 19-8. The Suns’ 53.7 percent mark from the field was ultimately too much for the Mavericks to overcome, as they shot just Womens Rob Havenstein Jersey 34.1 percent.

Considering that Indiana projects to have $60 million in room next season, don’t expect the Pacers to take back salary unless it comes with a significant upgrade to the roster.

Over the salary cap and with a focus on their youth movement, the Clippers will have two options with the current group: play out the season and take advantage of a projected $60 million in cap space in 2019 or entertain trade offers at the risk of losing flexibility next offseason.

The Hornets acquired the rights to Graham, the 34th overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, from the Atlanta Hawks in a draft night trade. He was the 2017-18 Big 12 Player Alan Quine Youth Jersey of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American after averaging 17.3 points, 7.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 37.8 minutes in 39 games played as a senior at Kansas.

Find out Thursday night which team believes him the most.

He’s 6-foot-10 and is usually categorized as a power forward, though in an NBA that’s now largely positionless, Porter Jr. could wear a lot of hats. He’s already shown a complete skillset — passing, dribbling, shooting — that would translate to playing basically anywhere except center. He weighed 211 pounds last month at the Draft Combine, meaning there’s still plenty of room on his frame to add strength.

His college highlights are basically nonexistent: Porter Jr. scored 30 points in 53 minutes of action with the Tigers. Porter Jr.’s reputation is largely built on what he did as a high schooler when he was considered the best prospect in the country, and there was a workout earlier this month arranged by agent Mark Bartelstein earlier this month where he got rave reviews.