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NBA Summer League roundup: Nikola Jovic, Keegan Murray shine in California Classic

We’re tracking all the action for Monday’s slate of Summer League games in Sacramento and Salt Lake City.

2023 NBA California Classic - Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings
Keegan Murray of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket during the game against the Golden State Warriors during the 2023 NBA California Classic on July 3, 2023 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

While the main NBA Summer League event in Las Vegas is still a few days away, the California Classic and Salt Lake City Classic will begin ahead of the July 4 holiday and continue all the way up to Summer League in Vegas.

The highlight of Monday’s action is expected to be No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller, who will make his debut for the Hornets. Other notable players taking the floor will be Jalen Hood-Schifino (Lakers), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Heat), Brandin Podziemski (Warriors) and Chet Holmgren (Thunder).

Here we’ll be recapping all the games for Monday, July 3.

NBA Summer League recaps

Heat 107, Lakers 90

The Heat had no trouble in this game against LA and it was due to their two first-round picks from the last two drafts. Nikola Jovic and Jaime Jaquez Jr., considered potential trade chips in a deal for Damian Lillard, absolutely showed out in this game. Jovic scored from everywhere and looked extremely comfortable, finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds. Jaquez Jr. added 22 points and hit three triples as well, which is a good sign for his long-term upside. The Lakers simply didn’t have enough resistance defensively to stay in this game. Max Christie may have been the lone bright spot for LA with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Grizzlies 94, 76ers 92

This was a snooze fest in the first half, with both teams struggling to find their shots. The action picked up in the second half and this eventually did become a close contest. David Roddy is the biggest bright spot for the Grizzlies, especially since he’s set to take on Dillon Brooks’ minutes. Terquavion Smith showed potential as a bench scorer for Philadelphia in this one.

Spurs 98, Hornets 77

Brandon Miller had a rough first half with six fouls and just five points, while the Spurs were rolling offensively behind Julian Champagnie. Miller was much better in the second half, committing just one foul while racking up 13 points to finish with 18 on the night. Champagnie finished with 30, and looks to be a great pickup for San Antonio. We’ll see if Miller can avoid getting into bad situations defensively in the next game, but the response was nice from the rookie after a bad start.

Thunder 95, Jazz 85

Chet Holmgren did make an appearance at Summer League and looked solid with 15 points and nine rebounds, but the real stars of the show were Tre Mann and Jalen Williams. Mann had an electric dunk after stealing an inbounds pass and finished with 20 points on the night, while Williams tallied 21 points on an efficient 8-14 shooting. The Jazz did not play Brice Sensabaugh or Taylor Hendricks, but Keyonte George looked good with 18 points on 7-16 shooting.

Kings 100, Warriors 94

Very little went wrong for Kings second-year forward Keegan Murray, who is probably going to be shut down early in the Summer League proceedings if he keeps this up. Murray finished the contest with 29 points, making a point to get to the free-throw line often in this one. On Golden State’s side, Brandin Podziemski finished with 12 points on 4-9 shooting. He did also tally six assists and six rebounds, so the Warriors will be hoping he can contribute as a bench player right away while growing into a bigger role as the season progresses.