NBA Summer League 2021: Scottie Barnes shines on both sides as Raptors win return

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NBA Summer League 2021: Scottie Barnes shines on both sides as Raptors win return


The Toronto Raptors left him behind, but a defensive defense in the dying minutes helped them escape with an 80-79 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in the Las Vegas Summer League.

4th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, Scottie Barnes recorded a record 23 points, five rebounds and four assists on 10 of 18 on the field as the Raptors erased an 11-point deficit with six minutes left. play in the game to give them a 3-1 record.

“They had a big lead like 10-12 and we were just fighting to get back into the game and this team kept working hard,” Barnes said after the game.

“We knew our defense was great throughout the game and that it could get us back into the game, all we have to do is push the ground, push in transition and we knew we could get some baskets easy on the fast counterattack. “

Barnes’ Raptors lineup, alongside Malachi Flynn, Dalano Banton, Precious Achiuwa and Ish Wainright troubled the Horents with their length and athleticism as they put on the clamps in the fourth quarter, keeping them at just 31.6% ( 6 of 19) shot, while forcing six turnovers.

“We just had a bunch of dogs on the floor, we didn’t want to lose the whole game, we kept saying, keep fighting… let’s cut it down and we trust each other, we knew we could come back on the defensive and we just put our trust in that. “

The second half was Barnes’ best streak in Vegas as he put in a series of big plays on the defensive end, while scoring 18 of 23 points in the final 20 minutes.

With the game on the line, he stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of 5 of 8 points from the field in the final 10 minutes.

His bucket kicked off the 16-4 run to close the game, leveling things at 79-79 with a fumble dunk, before Dalano Banton’s free throw put them definitively ahead.

“I’m just who I am, I’ll always be who I am on the pitch, I’m going to be that high-powered, high-energy guy and I’m going to bring that to every game,” added Barnes.

Meanwhile, Precious Achiuwa is pleading for a few minutes this season, showcasing his strong rim racing ability in the Summer League.

The 21-year-old finished with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal and one block on 8 of 14 shots, with his willingness to work without the ball and come out in transition, ending many of the opportunities the Raptors created on the defensive end.

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