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Two starters not playing? No problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
At least as far as the Las Vegas Summer League goes.
Playing without center Ante Zizic and small forward Cedi Osman, the Cavaliers knocked off the Houston Rockets, 92-87, in Las Vegas Simmer League play Saturday.
Jamel Artis hit a crucial corner 3-pointer in the game’s final 10 seconds to seal the deal as Cleveland (4-1) handed Houston (4-1) its first loss in five games.
The Cavaliers will play either the Toronto Raptors or the Charlotte Hornets in the quarterfinals Sunday.
Rookie point guard Collin Sexton and backcourt mate Scoochie Smith each had 17 points, while Artis (13), Billy Preston (12) and Dakota Mathias (10) all reached double figures for Cleveland.
Danuel House Jr., who played on a two-way contract for the Phoenix Suns last season, paced Houston with a game-high 30 points, while De’Anthony Melton and Markel Brown added 16 and 10 points, respectively. House made 10 of his 20 field-goal attempts.
Sexton, the eighth overall selection in the NBA draft out of Alabama on June 21, shot just 5-of-17 from the floor, but added six boards, three assists, two steals and made 7-of-8 free throws in 25 minutes. Sexton scored 15 of his 17 points in the game’s first two quarters.
Smith, the former Dayton star who played for the G-League’s Canton Charge last season, made two key 3-pointers in the game’s final minutes, shooting 3-of-5 from deep and handing out three assists.
Former Pittsburgh star Artis shot 5-of-8 (2-of-4 from three) added a team-high nine rebounds in a team-high 31 minutes.
Preston, a former five-star recruit to the University of Kansas, added six boards to go with his 12 points in 21 minutes.
Former Purdue guard Mathias made three of the four shots he took in 20 minutes, including a 2-of-4 performance from deep.