By Wayne Phillips
The Sixers exploded for 32 second-quarter points en route to an 85-63 victory Wednesday at the Las Vegas summer league 2014 and advanced the championship bracket to play the Chicago Bulls — one of only four teams to go undefeated (3-0) in the preliminary round — tonight at 10 pm.
Philly’s second quarter outburst was sparked by five players — Elijah Millsap (10 points), Sean Kilpatrick (seven, photo above), Jerami Grant (three), Drew Gordon (two) and Scottie Wilbekin (two) — that combined for the 24-4 run that spanned 8:10. The four points by the Lakers came from a pair of free throws made by Julius Randle and Kendall Marshall.
After falling behind by 22 through 20 minutes of play, Los Angeles came out of intermission with a big run of its own in the third. The Lakers were able to cut their deficit to seven points when they scored the initial 20 of 27 points in 7:16. Six different players had a hand in the comeback with Jordan Clarkson, Randle and Trey Thompkins scoring four points each. However, seven points was as close as they would get, which occurred three more times in the period.
The Sixers pushed their advantage back to double digits before concluding the third. It grew to 24 points — their biggest lead — twice more before they settled with the 22-point triumph.
Millsap, who tied Kilpatrick with a game-high 19 points, set a 2014 Summer League mark in steals with seven. That figure also tied Brandon Jennings (2009 vs. Sacramento) and Josh Selby (2012 vs. Washington) atop the list for all-time individual performances in steals at the summer classic.
Grant rounded out the trio of Sixers in double figures with 11 points of his own.
Los Angeles was paced by 12 points from both Kevin Murphy and Randle, while Clarkson chipped in 11.