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Thursday, July 6, 2006
Bargnani, Foye, Roy start fast in summer league action

By Dennis Rogers
Vegas Summer League

LAS VEGAS -- First overall pick Andrea Bargnani wasted no time getting into the scoring column in his Toronto Raptors debut. On the Raptors' first possession, Bargnani drove the lane, was fouled and converted two free throws. Bargnani went on to score 20 points (7-for-11 on FGs), including seven of the first nine Toronto points, helping propel the Raptors to a 93-85 win over the Washington Wizards in the nightcap of the first day of action at the Toshiba Vegas Summer League.

Bargnani had 16 points at the half on 5-of-8 shooting in 16 minutes of action, helping the Raptors to a 52-39 lead at the break.

Joey Graham led the Raptors in scoring with 22 points (7-12 FG), while Andre Barrett chipped in 13 points (5-10 FG) and five assists.

Cornellius McFadgon led the Wizards in scoring with 17 points (5-8 FG), while Andray Blatche had a double-double with 15 points (6-15 FG) and 12 rebounds. Rookie Oleksiy Pecherov added 15 points (6-11 FG) and eight rebounds.

Toronto finished the game shooting 48 percent (31-64 FG), while Washington shot 50 percent (34-68 FG).

Toronto shot 52 percent (17-33 FG) in the first half, while Washington shot 50 percent (16-32 FG). McFadgon led the Wizards in scoring at the half with seven points (2-3 FG).

The Raptors' next opponent is the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, while the Wizards battle the Detroit Pistons Friday at 5 p.m. ET.


Foye's impressive debut not enough in loss to Kings

The Sacramento Kings held off a late rally to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 90-83. Trailing 70-55 at the end of the third quarter, the Wolves cut the lead to just four at 80-76 with two minutes remaining, but a Quincy Douby 3-pointer pushed the lead to seven and the Kings never looked back.

Kevin Martin led the Kings with 20 points (5-11 FG) and seven rebounds. Louis Amundson chipped in 16 points (6-9 FG) and seven rebounds, while Ronnie Price added 13 points (4-7 FG). Justin Williams came off the bench and had seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Rookie guard Randy Foye displayed the quickness and scoring ability the Timberwolves had hoped for by scoring a game-high 23 points (9-17 FG) in 35 minutes of action. Tyrone Ellis pitched in 15 points (4-10 FG) and seven rebounds, while Bracey Wright added 11 points.

After taking a 28-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Timberwolves were outscored 29-10 by the Kings in the second quarter and trailed 38-44 at halftime.

The Kings ended the game shooting 49 percent (30-61 FG), while the Timberwolves shot just 40 percent (29-73 FG). Sacramento held a 49-37 rebounding advantage, but were outscored 39-17 in points off of turnovers.

Ron Artest was not at the game, but is expected to play Friday night against the Hornets at 11 p.m. ET. Minnesota faces the Phoenix Suns Friday at 7 p.m. ET.


Nuggets cruise to 28-point win over Mavs

The Denver Nuggets raced out to a 26-17 first quarter lead over the Dallas Mavericks en route to an easy 113-85 win. The Nuggets' advantage climbed to as many as 30 points, at 60-30 going into halftime.

Casey Jacobsen paced four Nuggets in double figures, scoring a game-high 20 points (7-8 FG) and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Kelenna Azubuike tallied 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Josh Davis added 15 points and four rebounds. Ron Slay came off the bench to chip in 10 points and five rebounds in 13 minutes of play.

Rookie guard Maurice Ager led the Mavericks in scoring with 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Anthony Grundy had 16 points (5-7 FG), while Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Larry O'Bannon chipped in 10 points a piece.

The Nuggets shot 57 percent, while the Mavericks shot just 42 percent. The Nuggets collected 12 more assists (18-6) than the Mavs and had nine more bench points, 57-48.

Denver will face the Houston Rockets at 5 p.m.. ET Friday, while Dallas takes on the Boston Celtics at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday.


Starting five propel Rockets over Blazers in TVSL opener

The first game of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League pitted the Houston Rockets against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Rockets used an early 11-0 run after trailing 4-0 to start the game and never looked back, winning 88-80 over the Blazers.

Point guard John Lucas led the Rockets by recording a double-double with 26 points (10-17 FG) and 10 assists in 35 minutes of action. Sharpshooters Steve Novak (8-12 FG) and Pat Carroll (9-14 FG) accounted for 22 points apiece. Lonny Baxter chipped in 10 points, while Chuck Hayes added eight. Lucas, Novak, Carroll, Baxter and Hayes were the only Rockets to score in the game.

Novak, who hit six of his eight 3-point attempts, was happy to start his NBA career off on the right foot.

"It was a great feeling to get off to a good start," Novak said. "This is a good shooting gym and I was happy to do what I do best."

Second-year guard-forward Martell Webster had a game-high 29 points (10-19 FG) for the Blazers. Rookie Brandon Roy (12 points) and Fred House (10 points) were the only other Blazers to score in double figures. The highly-touted Roy also added eight assists in the loss.

The Rockets finished the game shooting 56 percent (35-63 FG), while the Blazers finished at 46 percent (28-61 FG). The Blazers' bench outscored the Rockets' bench 38-0.

The Rockets take on the Denver Nuggets Friday at 5 p.m. ET, while the Blazers battle the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.