Curtis Sumpter came off the bench and scored 16 points in 15 minutes of play, while also grabbing 6 rebounds in his Las Vegas Summer League debut on Tuesday night, helping the Denver Nuggets defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-104. Sumpter shot 5-8 overall, including 2-4 from three and 4-6 from the free throw line. #14 pick overall Al Thornton led all scorers with 24 points, while also grabbing 8 rebounds.
Two nights earlier, Sumpter’s former Villanova teammate Kyle Lowry started for the Memphis Grizzlies’ summer league team and scored 13 points while dishing out 5 assists and finishing with 3 steals. Lowry will have to compete for playing time this year with #4 overall pick Mike Conley, Jr., who scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds, but committed 5 turnovers. The Grizzlies defeated the Chinese National team 86-77, despite 23 points from new Milwaukee Buck Yi Jianlian.