Ball won’t face Fox as Sum­mer League loses mar­quee matchup

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Lonzo Ball will have to wait for an­other shot at De’Aaron Fox. Their sum­mer show­down Mon­day was can­celed. The Lak­ers rested their prized pick be­cause of a groin in­jury, sit­ting him out of their NBA Sum­mer League vic­tory in Las Ve­gas over Sacra­mento and fel­low rookie point guard Fox.

Fox dom­i­nated when Ken­tucky blew by UCLA in the NCAA Tour­na­ment, scor­ing 39 points to Ball’s 10. LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s out­spo­ken fa­ther, would later say his son was play­ing with an in­jured ham­string.

If true, the No. 2 pick al­ready knows there’s no use try­ing to stay with the faster Fox at less than 100 per­cent. The Lak­ers said Ball, who strug­gled in his first game but re­sponded with a triple-dou­ble in his sec­ond, had a sore right groin.

The Lak­ers got their first vic­tory of the sum­mer with­out him, blowing a 28-point lead but re­cov­er­ing for a 95-92 vic­tory. Fox scored 12 points but played just 20 min­utes, watch­ing the Kings’ come­back from the bench with his foot wrapped.

The matchup of Cal­i­for­nia point guards was ex­pected to head­line an eight-game day that in­cluded a matchup be­tween Golden State and Cleve­land, who met in the last three NBA Fi­nals. A look at the games.


Van­der Blue led the Lak­ers (1-2) with 21 points. Alex Caruso, who started for Ball, fin­ished with 18 points and nine as­sists. Col­lege player of the year Frank Ma­son scored 24 points for the Kings (0-3) and Buddy Hield had 22. Rookie Justin Jack­son added 16.


Cleve­land im­proved to 3-0, lead­ing by as many as 27 points against the team from the NBA cham­pi­ons. Bran­don Paul scored 21 points and backup point guard Kay Felder had 12 points and six re­bounds for the Cava­liers. Pa­trick McCaw, a key mem­ber of Golden State’s ro­ta­tion late in the sea­son, was 3 for 15 for nine points. Alex Hamil­ton scored 11 points for the War­riors (0-2), who got eight re­bounds in 15 min­utes from sec­ond-round pick Jor­dan Bell.


DeAn­dre’ Bem­bry scored 17 points and John Collins had 15 points and 11 re­bounds as At­lanta im­proved to 2-1. Di­a­mond Stone, ac­quired from the Clip­pers in a three-team trade with Den­ver, had 12 points and six re­bounds in 19 min­utes. The Bulls shot 22 per­cent from the field and were 4 for 35 (11.4 per­cent) in their pa­thetic per­for­mance. Lauri Markka­nen, the No. 7 pick from Ari­zona, missed all 10 3-point at­tempts and went 1 for 13 over­all. Sec­ond-year guard Den­zel Valen­tine, who led the Bulls to the Sum­mer League cham­pi­onship last year, was 1 for 12 and missed all eight be­hind the arc. Cameron Payne scored 12 points for the Bulls (0-2).


Matt Wil­liams scored 17 points and made five 3-point­ers as the Heat moved to 2-0. Rookie Bam Ade­bayo had 16 points and seven re­bounds, while Trey McKin­ney-Jones added 15 points and Okaro White scored 14. Shel­don McClel­lan had 18 points and Jared Cun­ning­ham 16 for the win­less Wiz­ards (0-2).


Archie Good­win had 18 points and eight as­sists as the Nets led by as many as 36 points and cruised to a 2-1 start. Caris LeVert added 17 points, while Ron­dae Hol­lis-Jef­fer­son and Isa­iah White­head each had 11. All were part of the ro­ta­tion last sea­son on a Nets team that fin­ished with the NBA’s worst record. Quinn Cook scored 20 points as New Or­leans fell to a Sum­mer League-worst 0-3.


Troy Wil­liams scored 27 points for the Rock­ets (2-1), who also got 18 from Isa­iah Tay­lor and 16 from Chris John­son. Zhou Qi of China missed all five 3-point at­tempts and fin­ished with three points. Mar­quese Chriss had 26 points for the Suns (1-2), who blew a 15-point lead and made just four bas­kets in the fourth quar­ter. No. 4 pick Josh Jack­son of Kansas scored 20 points, and fel­low rookie Mike James fin­ished with 17.


Jakob Poeltl and Fred VanVleet each scored 17 points as the Rap­tors (3-0) hung on to re­main un­beaten. Den­ver had a chance to tie, but Juan Her­nan­gomez made only two of three free throws af­ter he was fouled with 14.5 sec­onds left. The Nuggets got one more chance, but Pas­cal Si­akam came up with a steal with 2.9 sec­onds to go. Si­akam fin­ished with 14 points. Ma­lik Beasley scored 19 points for the Nuggets (0-3).


Mon­trezl Har­rell, ac­quired from Hous­ton in the Chris Paul trade, scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shoot­ing as the Clip­pers won for the third time in three games. He was 4 for 4 in the fourth quar­ter, when Los An­ge­les shot 11 of 14 while outscor­ing Mil­wau­kee 29-18. Sin­dar­ius Thorn­well, who led South Carolina’s sur­pris­ing Fi­nal Four run, chipped in 18 points and Jamil Wil­son fin­ished with 18 points, eight re­bounds and eight as­sists. Rashad Vaughn scored 21 points and D.J. Wil­son had 17 for the Bucks (1-2). — AP

LAS VE­GAS: Sacra­mento Kings’ Jack Cooley, left, bat­tles for the ball with Los An­ge­les Lak­ers’ Alec Brown and Van­der Blue, right, dur­ing the first half of an NBA sum­mer league bas­ket­ball game, Mon­day, in Las Ve­gas. — AP

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