Cam Thomas scores 36 points, Nets beat Spurs 104-100

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San Antonio Spurs' Joshua Primo blocks a shot attempt by Brooklyn Nets' Cam Thomas during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS – Cam Thomas scored 36 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 on Sunday in the NBA Summer.

Thomas, the former LSU player selected 27th overall in the NBA draft, was 11 of 25 from the field and made all 11 of his foul shots. Thomas was coming off a 31-point performance Thursday night that including the winning 3-pointer in sudden-death double overtime against Washington Wizards.

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“Just win, that’s my mindset,” Thomas said. “I just want to win the game. My teammates and coaches trust in me to close out the games. ... So really, it’s just confidence.”

Jordan Bowden had 14 points and Alize Johnson chipped in with 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Nets (3-1) took the lead late in the third quarter after a sluggish first half.

“We started out slow,” Thomas said. "We had to get stops and that helped us get the victory."

Joshua Primo led the Spurs (1-3) with 21 points, although he was just 8 of 22 from the field. Tre Jones had 18 points and DaQuan Jeffries had 15 points in the loss.


Sacramento (4-0) earned a spot in the NBA Summer League championship game Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics with a victory over Dallas.

Louis King had 18 points on four 3-pointers, and Emanuel Terry added 13 points and eight rebounds. Sacramento first-round draft pick Davion Mitchell was held to four points and had five assists.

Carlik Jones had 18 points and Feron Hunt added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who finished 0-4 in Las Vegas. Dallas again struggled from deep, making just 4 of 22 3-point attempts.


Jaylen Nowell finished with 26 points and seven rebounds, Jaden McDaniels had a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and Minnesota remained unbeaten with an overtime win over Philadelphia.

Although the Timberwolves improved to 4-0, they won't get a chance to play in the NBA Summer League championship game on Tuesday night because of the point differential tiebreaker.

Nathan Knight added 19 points for Minnesota.

Philadelphia center Paul Reed turned in one of the best overall performances of the summer with 27 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks.


Trey Murphy III scored 22 points, including on a tip in with 1.3 seconds left in overtime to keep New Orleans undefeated. However, like the Timberwolves didn't make it to the championship game due to point differential.

Naji Marshall added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

First-round draft pick Jonathan Kuminga had 17 points and eight rebounds and Justinian Jessup had 16 for Golden State,


Amir Coffey had 20 points, Keon Johnson added 17 points and six rebounds and Los Angeles handed Utah its first loss in Las Vegas.

Coffey and Johnson combined to make 8 of 12 3-point attempts.

“Each game I’m getting more and more comfortable with the guys around me,” said Johnson, the 21st overall pick. “I feel like I’m trying to learn more and more so I can implement it into my game.”

Jason Preston added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting as the Clippers held off a late Jazz rally to win for the first time this summer.

The Jazz (3-1) got 18 points each from Udoka Azubuike and Trent Forrest, and 17 points from Elijah Hughes but couldn't overcome a double-digit fourth quarter deficit after being outrebounded 59-44.


Washington first-round pick Corey Kispert scroed 18 points and made four 3-pointers, and Caleb Homesley added 13 points and eight rebounds for Washington against Milwaukee. Jaime Echenique chipped in with 13 points.

Milwaukee got 18 points each from Jordan Nwora and Mamadi Diakite, while center Sandro Mamukelashvili had 11 points and 10 rebounds.


Yante Maten had 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench and Cole Anthony added 15 points and seven rebounds for Orlando against Houston. Jalen Suggs, Orlando's top draft pick, did not play due a thumb injury.

First-round draft pick Josh Christopher led the Rockets with 22 points, while center Alperon Sengun added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jalen Green, the No. 2 pick in the draft, was held out with soreness in his right hamstring.

Neither Suggs or Green is expected to play again in Las Vegas.


All five starters scored in double digits as Memphis held off Chicago. Center Olivier Sarr and Shaq Buchanan each had 15 points, and rookie Ziaire Williams contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Grizzlies controlled the glass, outrebounding the Bulls 70-53.

The Bulls got a big game from small forward Ayo Dosunmu, who had 26 points and seven rebounds. Jaylen Adams added 15 points, and Marko Simonovic scored 14 for Chicago.


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