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NBA Summer League roundup: Brandon Miller has best showing as Hornet, Malaki Branham explodes in Tuesday’s finale

We’re tracking all the action for Tuesday’s slate of Summer League games in Las Vegas.

2023 NBA Summer League - Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Hornets
Brandon Miller of the Charlotte Hornets goes up for a dunk over Ibou Badji of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the game at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 11, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Summer League action continues from Las Vegas Tuesday with six games on tap, anchored by the Rockets taking on the Thunder in a battle of undefeated teams and the potential Brandon Miller vs. Scoot Henderson matchup when the Hornets face the Trail Blazers. Henderson is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Elsewhere, Victor Wembanyama’s Summer League is done as the Spurs have opted to shut him down. Both the Suns and Kings are on a back-to-back Tuesday, so we’ll see how that impact their performances.

Here we’ll be recapping all the games for Tuesday, July 11.

NBA Summer League recaps

Nets 92, Bucks 71

David Duke Jr. led the way for the Nets with 24 points, but he wasn’t the only one doing damage. Brooklyn had five players in double figures in a game that eventually turned into a rout. Milwaukee shot just 37.5% from the floor in the loss, and Lindell Wigginton was the only player to hit double digits scoring.

Rockets 105, Thunder 92

None of the big names played in this game, with Jabari Smith, Tari Eason, Tre Mann and Chet Holmgren headlining the inactives. The Rockets were still able to take this win behind 26 points from Trevor Hudgins and a double-double from Matthew Mayer. Cam Whitmore added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets. For Oklahoma City, Keyontae Johnson finished with 19 points while Cason Wallace was an inefficient 2-12 from the floor.

Pelicans 82, Suns 71

Phoenix was on the second night of a back-to-back set, and it wasn’t like the Suns exactly lit up the scoreboard Monday. So this was a predictable result, although some of the Pelicans had shockingly poor numbers. Jordan Hawkins went 1-12 from the floor and committed six turnovers, while Dyson Daniels had seven points and eight assists but also added four turnovers.

Trail Blazers 97, Hornets 93

Scoot Henderson didn’t play in this game due to a shoulder injury, but Shaedon Sharpe and Kris Murray got the job done for Portland. However, the story here was Brandon Miller finally having a strong offensive game. The forward was aggressive and efficient, with 26 points on 8-15 shooting. This overshadowed Nick Smith’s Jr.’s 33-point game on 13-20 shooting a bit but this was finally a good development for Charlotte’s rookie.

Bulls 107, Kings 99

Chicago had five players in double figures, led by 28 from Javon Freeman-Liberty. Julian Phillips was solid as well with 16 points, going 3-3 from behind the arc. For the Kings, Jordan Fordan and Mike Daum combined for 47 points in the loss.

Spurs 96, Wizards 85

Who needs Victor Wembanyama when you’ve got Malaki Branham? The second-year guard is making a case for him to be a starter in San Antonio’s rotation this year with a 29-point outburst in Tuesday’s final game. Branham went 5-6 from behind the arc, something he’ll have to be excellent at to complement Wembanyama down the road. Julian Champagnie had a great game as well with 18 points, seven assists and eight rebounds for San Antonio.