Spurs eliminated from Summer League tournament by Wizards in triple-overtime

It took not one, not two, but three overtime periods for the San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League journey to end in Las Vegas Saturday, as the Washington Wizards eliminated San Antonio 95-94.

With one second left in the third overtime period, Spurs rookie Kyle Anderson missed what would have been the game winning shot for the Spurs, as he missed a 7-foot floater. Like both the Spurs and Wizards players on the floor, Anderson did come through with some big plays in other segments of the game.

At the end of the first overtime, it was Anderson who played a big part in one of the Spurs’ defensive possessions by sticking his hands in the ball handler’s vicinity, as he knocked the ball loose.

Glen Rice Jr. (36 points) also kept Washington alive with his own buzzer beater at the end of the second overtime, as he nailed a corner 3-pointer to send the game into triple overtime.

From the start, both teams kept the game close in the first quarter, as the Spurs only led by one. In the second quarter though, San Antonio outscored the Wizards 28-19 and at one time led by 17 points, but Washington trimmed the Spurs’ lead down to 10 by half. Austin Daye scored 14 of his 27 points in the first half, while Bryce Cotton scored nine of his 16 points in the first half as well.

In the third quarter, Washington came out with all the momentum, as they opened the quarter with a 17-2 run, to take the lead by five with 5:11 minutes left in the third. The Spurs controlled most of the fourth quarter, but in the end, the three overtimes were needed for the game to decide a winner.

Daye led the Spurs in scoring with 27 points and seven rebounds. In the first half, he allowed the game to come him, taking efficient looks. In the second half and overtime periods, he had to force some shots and possessions, being the Spurs’ main go-to scorer on the floor.

Cotton had a very productive night with his 16 points and six assists, as he was aggressive on the offensive end, and he didn’t allow Deonte Burton to bring too much to the table. Cotton once more scored with a two-handed dunk in the open court, his third time in Summer League, but he also made the right passes when they needed to be made, as was evidenced in a clean bounce pass to Jeff Ayres in the pick-and-roll, in one of the overtime periods for an Ayres dunk.

Anderson finished with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting, three rebounds, two steals, and one block. He had a tough match up defensively having to guard Otto Porter (27 points), and though he did get beat on many possessions, both on and off the ball, he still made himself a key piece late in the game on both sides of the floor.

Vander Blue came off the bench to provide 13 points, while Deshaun Thomas added 11 points. Marcus Denmon’s minutes continued to trim down, as he only played six minutes in the game. Ayres finished with eight points, but he grabbed 14 rebounds, while tallying five fouls.

With the Spurs being eliminated from Summer League, they will no longer play anymore games until the preseason in October. From the Spurs’ Summer League squad, Ayres, Daye, Anderson, and Cotton will all be in training camp in two months. For the Spurs’ other Summer League players like Thomas, Blue, Denmon, and the others, they’ll have to wait and see if their names make the Spurs’ roster, or any other roster when training camp rosters are released near October.

Paul Garcia

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Paul is a San Antonio Spurs credentialed media member for Project Spurs. He covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX, and the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals. Paul has been featured on WOAI, Fox 29, and numerous nationwide radio shows.