LAS VEGAS – Brandon Clarke made a dunk with 10.7 seconds left in overtime and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 88-86 on Sunday in the NBA Summer League semifinals in Las Vegas.
The Grizzlies will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in the title game. Minnesota beat Brooklyn 85-77 in the second semifinal.
Clarke had 23 points, including four in overtime, and 14 rebounds to lead Memphis. Tyler Harvey, whose triple to tie in the regulation, added 13 points, and Bruno Caboclo had 12.
"We had some moments in the game today where we could not score, things were not going well, we were trying [but] our legs were not there, "said Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins, the only NBA coach who also trains his summer league team."[Brandon] I was being super verbal with the team … I'm really proud of how he kept the team together. Obviously, the plays he makes in the section are very impressive. "
Clarke, who was selected for the No. 21 pick in the draft through an exchange with the Oklahoma City Thunder, was unable to participate with the Grizzlies until the NBA closed the deal and became official on July 6. In four games, he averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds.
"It's pretty good to get rid of all the rust on me," Clarke said. "It was difficult at first because I really could not do much with the team, every time I play basketball I want to win, I think we all feel like a team, although this is not the case." a true NBA tournament against the great players of the NBA, we also want to win. "
Trevon Bluiett led the pelicans with 16 points. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Marcos Louzada Silva had 14 apiece and Kenrich Williams added 10.
New Orleans made it to the last four, despite losing the first global pick Zion Williamson, who received a knee shot on the knee in the second quarter of the team's first game on opening night and was shut down by the rest of the league .
"We started this summer league with Zion Williamson – once he was out, it became something different," said New Orleans summer league coach Fred Vinson. "This group really joined in. They supported each other, the guys who played on the floor, the ones who did not play on the floor, supported each other, I wanted those guys to become a team."
Jordan McLaughlin serves a dish to Naz Reid for an open dunk.
TIMBERWOLVES 85, NETS 77
Naz Reid scored 20 points in 19 minutes in Minnesota's victory over Brooklyn.
"The goal since we got here, trying to win everything," said Reid. "We knew it was not going to be easy, but we've definitely been able to take this last week, I just want to continue that tomorrow."
Jordan McLaughlin added 12 points, and Mitchell Creek had 11 for Minnesota, the only undefeated team with 6-0.
"Everything is credit for the players and how they compete so far," said Minnesota coach Pablo Prigioni. "As coaches, we want to help you become a championship team, this is the summer league, but at the end of the day 32 teams appear in Las Vegas, only two [can] compete for the championship. "
Jarrett Allen led Brooklyn with 15 points and 14 rebounds in 21 minutes.