Holmgren shines on Salt Lake City Summer League debut

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chet Holmgren shone in his summer league debut, scoring 13 of 23 points in the first quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder take a 20-point lead en route to victory 98-77 over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

The No. 2 draft pick also had seven rebounds, four assists and a Salt Lake City Summer League record six blocks in 24 minutes. Holmgren, a 7-foot versatile Gonzaga player who averaged 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds and ranked fourth nationally with 3.7 blocks per game, finished 7 of 9 from the floor and 5 of 5 at the free throw line.

Holmgren made 4 of 5 shots in the first quarter, including three 3-pointers. He missed the first six minutes of the second quarter before finding Jalen Williams for a dunk to make it 42-22. Holmgren has had six consecutive shots after missing his first attempt.

Jalen Williams, Santa Clara’s No. 12 pick, added 17 points to help Oklahoma City spoil the debut of new Utah coach Will Hardy. Josh Giddey finished with 14 points and 11 assists.

Oklahoma City closed the third quarter on a 10-0 run for a 78-50 lead.


Serbian forward Nikola Jovic scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds on Day 3 of the California Classic in San Francisco.

Jovic, the No. 27 overall pick, was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and shot 9 of 16 overall. Six of his rebounds were on the offensive end, helping the Heat take a 47-23 lead on the glass. Jovic played for Mega Basket in the Serbian league, averaging 11.7 points on 43% shooting in that league last season.

“I’m just happy we won,” the 6-foot-11 Jovic said. “My performance, you know, I worked my whole life to play here (NBA) and I did well.”

Gui Santos, selected by Golden State with the 55th pick, had 12 points and five assists. The 6-8 league striker Novo Basquete Brasil was 3-for-3 from range.


4 pick Keegan Murray scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, and Sacramento finished the California Classic undefeated after beating Los Angeles.

Murray, the Big Ten’s leading scorer with 23.5 points per game, also had seven rebounds and three steals. He was 9 of 16 from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3 points.

Max Christie, a Michigan State guard selected with the 35th pick, had five points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles. Christie, the 6-foot-6 shooter and wing defenseman who left East Lansing after just one season, was 1 of 6 in the field.


Jake LaRavia, Wake Forest’s No. 19 pick, made four of Memphis’ 15 3-pointers, and the Grizzlies won the opener in Salt Lake City.

Memphis led up to 17 points. The Grizzlies made 7 of 9 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished 15 of 30. Memphis also had 29 assists on 37 field goals.

Philadelphia had the ball 101-99 with 15 seconds left but Jaden Springer had it stolen by Kennedy Chandler. Ziaire Williams made two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to seal it.

No. 23 pick David Roddy, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound forward from Colorado State, scored four points for Memphis. Roddy was Mountain West’s Player of the Year averaging 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season.

Paul Reed led Philadelphia with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Memphis star Ja Morant sat courtside.


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