The Philadelphia 76ers finished the three-game Utah Summer League with a record of 1-2, maybe not the result we were looking for however; the record doesn’t really matter.
On Wednesday night the Sixers took on the home team Utah Jazz and through most of the game were getting demolished. Partway through the third quarter the Sixers were down by 26, then came the number one overall pick Markelle Fultz.
Fultz was on fire in the fourth quarter dumping in 13 of his team high 23 points. He got the Sixers to within one possession however; it wasn’t enough as the Jazz held on for a 100-94 victory to improve there Summer League record to 2-0, and drop the Sixers to 0-2.
The Jazz were led by guard Dante Exum who finished with an impressive 26 points 10 assists and 5 rebounds.
The very next night the Sixers wrapped up the Utah league with a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. Now Fultz was held out of this one. It blows my mind that 19 year olds can’t play three games in a week and need rest but that’s a story for another day.
Without Fultz in the lineup the Sixers had a very well balanced lineup and finished on a 14-0 run to beat the Spurs 94-86.
The Sixers were led by a trio, Isiah Miles had 18 points and 7 reb, Jonah Bolden 16 points and 8 rebounds and Brandon Austin 15 points and 4 rebounds.
The Sixers now move on to the Las Vegas league where they will have three games in four nights starting tonight versus Golden State, tomorrow versus San Antonio and Tuesday versus Boston. Time will tell if Fultz plays in all three, if he doesn’t the Sixers will get a better look at some of the other players fighting for their NBA lives.