Un­drafted Dy­lan En­nis drops 35 for War­riors in Ve­gas

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Dy­lan En­nis went un­drafted last month, but the Ore­gon prod­uct was the re­cip­i­ent of “MVP” chants from the crowd in Las Ve­gas on Fri­day. En­nis was nearly un­stop­pable as he scored 35 points dur­ing the Golden State War­riors’ 109-100 NBA Sum­mer League vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

“Be­ing un­drafted, you take it per­sonal,” En­nis told NBA TV. Team­mates waved tow­els at the end of the game to cool down En­nis, whose ca­reer high at Ore­gon was 22 points. En­nis, who played for the Thun­der in the Orlando Sum­mer League be­fore join­ing the War­riors in Las Ve­gas, poured in 23 points in 12 first-half min­utes, in­clud­ing six of his eight 3-point­ers. He pre­vi­ously had 21 points over five games in Las Ve­gas.

“Just don’t think about it,” En­nis said. “It touches your hand, you put it up and the rim looks like the ocean ... I’ll prob­a­bly never hear (the ‘MVP’ chants) again in my ca­reer.” En­nis’ 3pointer with 1:11 re­main­ing gave the War­riors a 105-97 lead that put the game away.

Bryce Al­ford, un­drafted out of UCLA, fin­ished with 16 points. Jaron John­son scored 18 for the Clip­pers while 2016 first-round pick Brice John­son and Jawun Evans had 17 apiece.

Teams still alive in tour­na­ment play had Fri­day off. The quar­ter­fi­nal round be­gins Satur­day with Port­land play­ing San An­to­nio, Mi­ami fac­ing Mem­phis, Dal­las against Bos­ton and the Lak­ers meet­ing Brook­lyn.


Trent Lock­ett scored 17 points on 50 per­cent shoot­ing, and the Hawks used a 34-22 fourth quar­ter to rally to vic­tory. Mary­land prod­uct Di­a­mond Stone and Bryce Cot­ton added 12 apiece off the bench. The Rock­ets’ rookie from Ge­orge­town, L.J. Peak, scored 19 points on 6 of 8 shoot­ing off the bench. Chris John­son chipped in 17 points, in­clud­ing five 3-point­ers, as he tries to get back in the league af­ter play­ing 147 NBA games from 2012-2016. He spent last sea­son in what was then known as the NBA De­vel­op­ment League.


Matt Costello blocked a would-be dunk by Michael Young with 59.9 sec­onds re­main­ing to seal the Timberwolves’ come­back win over the Wizards. Costello, who was un­drafted out of Michi­gan State in 2016 and played in the DLeague, had a team-high 14 points and 11 re­bounds. “Just try­ing to make win­ning plays,” Costello said on NBA TV. “That’s all it was. I know I’m not the best scorer in the world, so I have to make it up in other dif­fer­ent ar­eas.” Charles Cooke scored 13, Perry El­lis added 12 and Mar­cus Paige fin­ished with 11 for Min­nesota, which outscored Wash­ing­ton 41-22 in the sec­ond half.

Danuel House led the Wizards with 13 points. Mar­cus Keene, a 5-foot-9 guard from Cen­tral Michi­gan, added 12 off the bench.


Tony Bradley scored 19 points and the Jazz eas­ily won their first game of the Las Ve­gas ses­sion af­ter four straight losses. Bradley, Utah’s No. 28 over­all pick from North Carolina, added eight re­bounds and two blocks in his best game of the sum­mer. James Souther­land scored 16 for the Jazz. Dono­van Mitchell, the No. 13 pick who has daz­zled this sum­mer, did not play. Stephen Zim­mer­man, Gary Pay­ton II and Travis Trice II led the Bucks with 12 apiece. The No. 17 over­all pick from Michi­gan, D.J. Wil­son, man­aged just eight on 3 for 10 shoot­ing. Thon Maker, last year’s No. 10 pick, sat out. —AP

LAS VE­GAS: Los An­ge­les Clip­pers’ Luke Nel­son, right, goes to the bas­ket as Golden State War­riors’ Tai Web­ster de­fends dur­ing an NBA sum­mer league bas­ket­ball game in Las Ve­gas on Fri­day. — AP

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