The Kings couldn’t pull off their first summer league win on Tuesday, but they got the next best thing.
After a rough start in his first two summer league games, rookie Ben McLemore turned it around against the Raptors in the Kings 80-71 loss in Las Vegas. McLemore finished with a game high 26 points on 8-14, and more importantly looked comfortable doing it. In his first two contests, McLemore scored 25 points on a combined 8-37 shooting.
Second round pick Ray McCallum had nine points and three assists but finished with four turnovers. Trent Lockett finished with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench.
The Kings (0-3) struggled early against a veteran Toronto (2-1) squad that featured four starters – guard Coby Karl, forwards Terrance Ross and Quincy Acy, and center Jonas Valanciunas – who’ve all seen NBA minutes. Valanciunas demolished the Kings in the paint, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds. Ross and Acy both added 14 for the Raptors.
Sacramento was abysmal in the first quarter and didn’t manage to score until Nick Minnerath hit a pair of free throws with 2:15 left in the quarter. Despite the poor start, Sacramento kept it relatively close the rest of the way and even took a 37-36 lead with 4:55 left in the third, but Toronto’s size advantage proved too much for the Kings. The Raptors outrebounded the Kings 33-24.
The final schedule for the Summer League is still up in the air until all of Tuesday’s contests are finished, but with the Kings 0-3 record they will be at the bottom of the seeding order for the final tournament play.