Despite strong performances by Ryan Boatright and Jonathon Simmons, the Nets summer league team lost to Miami on a desperation play at the buzzer as Justise Winslow lobbed a perfect inbounds pass to Tyler Johnson who dropped it in ... and dropped the Nets to 0-2 in the Orlando Magic Pro Summer League.
The lob, with .4 seconds came after Jonathon Simmons coolly dropped in two free throws after he was hammered by former Net Willie Reed. That put the Nets ahead, 70-69 and set up the final play.
Boatright, who the Nets signed to a partially guaranteed contract two days ago, showed that despite his small stature he can shoot and play. Boatright finished with 23 points, three rebounds, and two steals, shooting 7-of-14 overall and 5-of-8 from deep in 25 minutes. He scored 13 in the third, including three three-pointers that put the Nets ahead.
After the game, Boatwright said he wants to reward the Nets for giving him a contract.
"When Coach Hollins called and said he's going to give me the opportunity, I was going to come out and give 110 percent and play my game. He believed in me, so all I can do is play hard," Boatright told Basketball Insiders.
Talking about the Nets commitment, he added, "It definitely takes a lot of pressure off your shoulders. You can go out there and play with a little more confidence versus people out there who are worried about their mistakes and things they did wrong. Knowing you got a deal and you can play your game is a big lift."
Simmons, who didn't play vs. the Grizzlies on July 4, played with abandon Sunday, getting slammed repeatedly as he went to the rim and stood his ground underneath. The 6'6" swingman finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Simmons played 50 D-League games for the Austin Spurs last season, averaging 15.5 points.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson showed off a nice jumper, or at least nicer than expected as he finished with eight points and seven rebounds, hitting 4-of-8 from the field for the second straight game. Cliff Alexander grabbed eight rebounds but shot only 2-of-6 from the field. Markel Brown shot 3-of-10, making him 4-of-17 over two games.
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