Summer League: Sixers fall victim to huge effort from Lonzo Ball in loss to Lakers

Summer League: Sixers fall victim to huge effort from Lonzo Ball in loss to Lakers

LAS VEGAS — LeBron James watched from the baseline as the Lakers beat the Sixers, 103-102, in dramatic fashion in the first round of tournament play in the Las Vegas Summer League on Wednesday night.

Second overall pick Lonzo Ball scored 36 points with 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. Ball dropped 28 of those points in the second half (see highlights).

The game went down to the wire after the Lakers battled back from a 15-point third-quarter deficit. 

The Sixers led, 97-94, with 1:30 to go. Furkan Korkmaz hit a three and Kyle Kuzma answered with one on the other end. Korkmaz attempted another three but air-balled the shot. Kuzma then did the same. 

Jonah Bolden fouled Ball, who made one of two free throw attempts. Larry Drew II was then blocked and Ball connected on a three-point play off the fast break, giving the Lakers a 101-100 lead with 20 seconds to play. 

The game was far from over. James Blackmon Jr. drove to the basket to put the Sixers back up, 102-101, with 5.9 seconds left. Bolden fouled Ivica Zubac and this time the Lakers made both, just enough for the win.

Inside the box score
• Korkmaz led the Sixers with 19 points.

• In all, five Sixers scored in double figures (Korkmaz 19, Alex Poythress 16, Drew 15, Blackmon 12 and Isaiah Briscoe 12).

• Kuzma recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

• Zubac notched 21 points on 7 for 11 shooting.

• The Lakers shot 51.4 percent for the game compared to 47.0 percent for the Sixers.

• The two teams combined for 39 turnovers.

Injury update
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot exited with 5:56 left in the fourth quarter and did not return after getting hit in the face. He suffered a lacerated lip last Saturday and needed five stitches, which stayed intact despite the shot taken on Wednesday.

Tech help?
Forget about destroying the ball on a block. Poythress literally broke someone’s computer screen with a fierce swat in the third quarter. 

Up next
The Sixers will play in the consolation round on Friday night against the Bulls at 8:30 ET.

Joel Embiid among several NBA players to participate in Basketball without Borders

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Joel Embiid among several NBA players to participate in Basketball without Borders

Joel Embiid is giving back, joining several NBA players for the Basketball without Borders camp in Africa.

The NBA and FIBA will host 80 boys and girls ages 17 and under from 26 African countries, including Embiid's native Cameroon. It'll be the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders.

The camp will be held from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 at the American International School of Johannesburg, culminating with the NBA Africa Game 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition pits Team Africa, which includes players born in Africa and second-generation African players, against players from the rest of the world.

It's already been announced that Embiid is on the roster, but not playing, for Team Africa. Embiid, 23, missed the final 37 games of the 2016-17 season with a knee injury. His first NBA season came after he missed the first two years of his career with a foot injury.

There will be a heavy local vibe at BWB this year. Embiid will be joined by assistant coach Lloyd Pierce as well as former Sixers Bruce Bowen, Elton Brand and fellow Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute. Philly native Kyle Lowry and Chester native Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will also be there. 

Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki and budding star Kristaps Porzingis will also be among the players on hand.

NBA Notes: Derrick Rose, Cavs reach agreement on 1-year deal

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NBA Notes: Derrick Rose, Cavs reach agreement on 1-year deal

CLEVELAND -- For the moment, the Cavaliers have one content, proven point guard.

Free agent Derrick Rose agreed Monday to sign with Cleveland, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Rose, a former NBA MVP who has struggled with knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the agreement.

The deal is expected to be finalized and announced Tuesday.

Rose played for the New York Knicks last season and averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists. The 28-year-old Rose's role with the Cavs is still to be determined. He could be used as a backup or even start depending on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who recently asked for a trade.

Irving's demands have complicated things for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who were beaten by Golden State in the Finals. They'll certainly find interest in Irving, but it may be challenging to find comparable talent in return.

That's where Rose comes in. If healthy, Rose is a dynamic scorer capable of taking over a game, and paired with LeBron James, he could be even more dangerous (see full story).

Spurs: Gasol signs 3-year deal
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs have signed Pau Gasol to a three-year contract.

The Spurs announced the signing on Monday. Gasol opted out of the two-year deal he signed last summer to give the Spurs more salary cap flexibility to supplement the roster in free agency. But he always intended to re-sign with San Antonio, where he averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in just over 25 minutes per game last season.

Gasol played 64 games, filling a starting role and coming off the bench for a team that won 61 games and lost to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.

Gasol's help allowed the Spurs to add Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul in free agency.

Cavaliers: Altman officially named full-time GM
CLEVELAND -- Koby Altman's summer job has turned into something permanent.

The Cavaliers, who have had a bumpy few weeks since losing in the NBA Finals, named Altman their full-time general manager on Monday. Altman's promotion had been expected for days and is a reward for the 34-year-old, who has been serving as Cleveland's interim GM this summer after David Griffin parted ways with the club.

Altman came to Cleveland in 2012 and was promoted to Griffin's assistant last summer after the Cavs won the championship. He will be the fifth GM for owner Dan Gilbert since 2005.

Gilbert said he's been impressed with the job Altman -- and other members of Cleveland's front office -- have done over the past five weeks.

"Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization, as well," Gilbert said in a statement. "We are very excited that he will now be officially leading the basketball side of our franchise. Koby has the credentials, knowledge, experience and instincts to be an outstanding general manager. In addition to these positive attributes and outstanding relationships around the league, Koby will inspire and impact the best possible culture throughout the organization" (see full story).

Pistons: Montego inks 2-way contract
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have signed Luis Montero to a two-way contract.

The team announced the deal Monday. The 6-foot-7 Montero played 49 games last season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League. He played in 12 NBA games with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015-16, averaging 1.2 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.1 assists.

NBA teams are allowed two two-way players on their roster at any time, in addition to the 15-man, regular-season roster.