It was as highly anticipated an NBA Summer League game as anyone can recall as the top two picks in the 2014 NBA Draft—No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins of the Cleveland Cavaliers and second overall selection Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks—went head to head at a packed to the brim Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas Friday night.
The game went to the Cavaliers 70-68 as Nate Wolters missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Parker finished with 17 points and nine rebounds while shooting 5-of-11 from the floor and 7-for-11 from the foul line, but appeared to get gassed in the fourth quarter. Parker and last year’s first-round pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo, each played a team-high 30 minutes in the 40-minute game.
So while Cleveland won the war, Milwaukee won the battles—winning two quarters and tying one to earn 2½ points.
Each participating team—23 NBA teams plus a squad of D-League players—will play three games in a preliminary round-robin, then will be seeded based first on record, with the points accumulated by winning quarters used as the first tiebreaker.
Every team is guaranteed five games.
Antetokounmpo showed flashes of brilliance, as well, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting (2-of-5 from 3-point range) and had six rebounds. However, the Greek Freak also had five of Milwaukee’s 17 turnovers and committed seven fouls (players can’t foul out in the Summer League).
Parker and Antetokounmpo were the only players to finish in double figures for the Bucks. Second-round pick Johnny O’Bryant came off the bench to score eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, Wolters was just 3-for-10 and had seven points and two steals, and Chris Wright was 3-for-6 for six points.
JaJuan Johnson had seven points and was 3-for-4. Parker’s nine boards led the Bucks, who were hammered on the glass 42-32.
Wiggins led the Cavs with 18 points. Anthony Bennett, last year’s No. 1 pick, pumped in 15 points and had seven rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but also committed six turnovers. Alex Kirk had 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Here are some of the highlights:
Cleveland was 26-for-68 (38.2 percent) overall, 4-for-25 (16 percent) from 3-point range and 14-for-23 (60.9 percent) from the foul line.
The Bucks were 27-for-68 (39.7 percent), 2-for-20 (10 percent) and 12-for-21 (57.1 percent).
Milwaukee plays its second preliminary round game against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday at 9 p.m. Central.