By Harry Allison
For a second straight Utah Summer League game, Sixers’ top pick Markelle Fultz topped the Sixers in scoring, finishing with 23 points, to go along with five rebounds and five assists.
The 19-year old guard, who played on the ball for the majority of last night’s 100-94 loss to the Jazz, converted 9 of 16 field goal attempts, while nailing 4 of 8 3-point tries. He posted 13 of his points and all five of his dimes in the fourth period.
Down as many as 24 points midway through the third quarter, the 76ers made a comeback bid against the Utah Jazz, twice clawing to within a point of the hosts in the final minute of regulation.
After an Alex Poythress (17 pts, 8 reb, 2 stl) 3-pointer sliced the gap to 95-94 with 11.8 seconds to go, Utah rattled off the next five points to secure the win.
The setback dropped the Sixers to 0-2 in Utah.
The Jazz were paced by Dante Exum, who tallied a game-best 26 points.
In his professional debut, Imhotep product Brandon Austin sank each of his six free throws en route to generating 16 points. Despite coming off the bench, the Philly native received extensive minutes down the stretch, and found himself on the court during critical stages of the final quarter.
Furkan Korkmaz also made first pro appearance in America. The Turkish swingman started and finished with three points, two rebounds, and three assists in nearly 17 minutes.