The Nets sure do have a lot of guards and on Thursday afternoon, the younger ones dominated the Nuggets as Brooklyn beat Denver, 85-74, in Las Vegas. The Nets now move on to the Summer League quarter-finals where they will face the Lakers and Lonzo Ball.
The Summer League Nets are now 3-1 under Kenny Atkinson.
The Nets went up early and didn’t let the Nuggets take a lead the rest of the game. They were led by three guards: Isaiah Whitehead who finished with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-4 from deep; Spencer Dinwiddie who finished with one point less on 3-of-6 overall, but 7-of-7 from the line; and undrafted point guard Milton Doyle, who also had 13 points shooting 6-of-9, including a three pointer. The three combined for seven assists.
Finishing out the Nets scoring were Caris LeVert with 10 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with nine. Archie Goodwin and Jeremy Senglin had eight each.
Doyle, who played four years at Loyola Chicago, displayed a heady game at both ends of the court. A 6’4” point guard, Doyle hit one deep three got into the paint repeatedly. The native Chicagoan, who turns 24 in October is now averaging 11.3 points a game, but 27.2 per 40 minutes, scoring 34 points in 50 minutes over three games. He didn’t play in the opener.
He has to be a candidate for one of the Nets two-way deals.
Brooklyn won every quarter but the fourth. At one point in the third, which they dominated 24-13, the black-and-white were up by 20. A great deal of their success came on the defensive end. Denver’s first round pick Tyler Lydon out of Syracuse was held scoreless in 12 minutes, getting up only one shot. The Nets out-rebounded the Nuggets 51-38 as well.
The Nets next game is at 10:30 p.m. Saturday where they will face off against the Lakers.
- Box Score - Nets 85, Nuggets 74 - NBA.com
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