Portland Trail Blazers, Summer NBA Champions
Las vigas — Brandon Williams He scored 22 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 85-77 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday to win the NBA Summer League.
It’s the third time Portland has played a championship game since 2017, and their second title since.
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The Trail Blazers pulled 36 points from their reserve led by Jabari WalkerWho finished the team with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Trendon Watford He finished the game with 19 points and seven rebounds for Portland and was a unanimous pick for the game’s best player.
“It was an amazing moment, our chemistry connected from day one and I’m so proud of all these guys,” Watford said.
The Knicks, with coach Tom Tibodo sitting on the field, had five players in the two positions, led by Quentin Grimeswho scored 19 points.
Portland, who entered the game in third place during the summer league with 42.8 rebounds per game, outperformed the Knicks 37-32.
The Blazers, who defeated New York 88-77 earlier in the event, didn’t find their groove until early in the second quarter of the championship game when they opened with consecutive three-pointers that gave them a 21-14 lead. They then made seven three-pointers in fourth to build an 11-point lead to take on their way to the locker room, 41-30.
The Blazers increased their lead to 16 in the third quarter, a 60-44 lead built on 10-point strength at the edge.
Both teams came in relatively slow, with a mixture of neglect, with the Knicks shooting 5 for 15 (.333) from the ground and the Blazers 3 for 12 (.250) from the field.