The Mavs turned in a dominant performance beating the Toronto Raptors 88-57 at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Ricky Ledo led the way with 18 points and 5 assists. Eric Griffin adding 12 points himself.
Griffin continued his worldwide dunking tour with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Griffin has become a summer league darling with his bombastic aerial assaults throughout summer league. It has to be assumed that a rim committed some sort of grievance against Griffin as a child. The dunks came as a result from Griffin’s heady off ball cutting. He made a couple smart cuts on the baseline after Ledo penetrated the defense, which resulted in two dunks.
Ricky Ledo played some of his best basketball tonight. Coming off a game where his efficiency suffered, Ledo scored 18 points on 4-9 shooting along with five assists. In the first half Toronto trapped the pick and roll on every ball handler. Ledo was the only Mavs guard who showed the ability to wait out the trap and find the open man. His playmaking skills were on full display in the first half. However in the second half, Ledo pressed the issue too much going into a lot of isolations. He has a nasty habit of pushing off to create space in the land and he was called for two offensive fouls. Going further, he’ll need to do a better job of finishing at the rim if the Mavs want a shot at the summer league title.
The Mavs held the Raptors to a summer league low 57 points. While Dallas played solid defense, this was more an indictment on how terrible Toronto played offensively. Toronto shot 30 percent from the field and that’s after they heated up in the fourth quarter.
The win brings the Mavericks summer league record to 2-1. This was the Mavs final game before the summer league tournament begins on Wednesday.
- CJ Fair had a ridiculous dunk over Raptors’ rookie Bruno Caboclo.
- The summer league crowd spent the last two minutes of the game swooning over 5-foot-7 Japanese guard Yuki Togashi.
- Noted shooter Chris Goulding finally found his stroke tonight hitting three 3-pointers.