By Drew Packham, NBA.com
LAS VEGAS — After 10 days of basketball and 60 games, Summer League action came to a close Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas with just three games and a familiar face once again stealing the show.
Adam Morrison, who earlier in the week was heckled by a few fans, got nothing but cheers – and even a short-lived “M-V-P” chant – after he took over in his finale, scoring 26 points and hitting four 3-pointers to lead L.A. to a 92-77 win over the Celtics.
“I’m used to it,” Morrison said of the heckling. “For some reason, people see me as a polarizing figure. I don’t know what it is. I’m a nice guy, I’m not rude or anything like that. Some people just like to pick on me, which I understand. It’s their right. But I guess I did OK to keep ‘em quiet for a little while.”
Morrison did more than OK in his five days here. After Sunday’s performance, Morrison boosted his average to 20.0 points and 5.0 rebounds and shot 55 percent in 33 minutes per game. The All-Summer League Team was announced — without Morrison on the list — before Sunday’s game, but Morrison is just trying to show he still belongs in the league.
“To be honest with you, it’s all about pride really,” Morrison said. “Obviously I want to make it to the NBA, but I wanted to say that I gave it my best shot. If it doesn’t work out, I can turn the page and do something else with my life.”
Non-rookie of the day: Minnesota’s Mike Harris saw his first action, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds in the Wolves’ 97-91 win over the Grizzlies. Harris has spent three seasons playing in the NBA, the D-League and overseas and at 29 years old was one of the older players here this week.
Other notables: Jermaine Taylor, Bulls. Taylor, who split time between Houston and Sacramento in 2011, scored 21 points on 9-for-18 shooting in his first extended minutes of Summer League. Aaron Miles of the Bucks, who played six games for Golden State in 2011 before playing overseas last season, had 13 assists against zero turnovers in Milwaukee’s finale.
Rookie of the day: Talor Battle, Clippers. After seeing little playing time in the Clippers’ first three games (with Eric Bledsoe playing), Battle started the last two games, with his best performance coming Sunday. Battle, who played in France and Germany last season after going undrafted out of Penn State, had 17 points and seven assists and looked good running the show in L.A.’s 92-77 win over Boston.
Other notables: Tony Wroten, Grizzlies. The rookie out of Washington had a pair of highlight reel dunks and several slick passes and finished with 17 points as he spearheaded a late comeback that came up short in Memphis’ 97-91 loss to the Wolves. Wroten finished just 8-for-20 from the floor (1-for-5 on 3s), but had three steals and showed off his athleticism and versatility. Also, there was John Henson of the Bucks. If Milwaukee’s big man had played more than 20 minutes he might have had a monster game. As it was, Henson scored 16 points, making his first eight shots as Milwaukee built a big lead and cruised to a 113-68 rout of the Bulls. Henson showed off his range and had a few nice hooks in the lane as well.
Coming up: With Summer League play over, players now begin their preparations for the upcoming season. Many of the players came to Las Vegas trying to show teams they’re worth an invite to training camp. Camps open Oct. 2 for most teams, while those playing overseas exhibitions will start three days earlier.