The 2013 Las Vegas Summer League champions were crowned Monday night, with the Golden State Warriors beating the Phoenix Suns by a score of 91-77. In turn, the Warriors capped off an undefeated summer and sent their youth into the regular season with mountains of confidence.
Here's how it all transpired.
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NBA fans learned a new name in this one.
Ian Clark absolutely dominated the championship, scoring a game-high 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field. Perhaps most impressively, the former Belmont star shot 7-of-10 from three-point range, converting more individually than the entire Suns team.
It's time we start treating him like a Summer League legend.
Just before the game, Clark tweeted something simple: let's get it. Well, he got it.
Here's hoping that one of college basketball's best shooters from last season got himself an NBA contract, too.
Kent Bazemore continued his strong play this summer, scoring 18 points and adding five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. Draymond Green added 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists, with Cameron Jones throwing in 12 of his own.
The Warriors used another well-balanced attack to earn their biggest win of the summer.
The Suns were undefeated entering this game, and a major reason why was the play of the Morris twins. In this one, Markieff and Marcus combined for 27 points and 13 rebounds, thus continuing to build momentum as they look to make an impact in Phoenix next season.
Archie Goodwin added a team-high 18 points, P.J. Tucker scored 12 and Arinze Onuaku scored six, including this dunk:
This one was close for much of the game, with the Warriors owning a 65-61 lead entering the fourth quarter. But Clark took over, making virtually everything he put up, and the Suns simply didn't have an answer.
When shots like this fall, it's hard to blame the defense:
Talk about a coming out party.
The Warriors now become the inaugural NBA Summer League champions. With Twitter exploding and the game providing plenty of thrills, numerous players were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to shine.
And shine they did.
The Warriors finish the summer at 7-0 while Phoenix ends it at 6-1. Both teams have reason to be confident entering the regular season, as their youth showed up in a major way, and each have decisions to make about prospective NBA players who stepped up for their respective teams.
In the end, Ian Clark reminded us why we love the Summer League—anything can happen when a dream is close to being realized.