Lauri Markkanen may have had the worst game of his life on Monday.
How did he follow it up? With the best game of his professional career.
Markkanen notched his first double-double Tuesday, with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes in the Bulls’ 82-73 win over the Washington Wizards.
The Finn shot 6-17 from the field, 4-10 from 3, and 4-4 from the free throw line. He added a block and a steal, too.
Here are the highlights:
Kadeem Allen put up his best game as a pro Tuesday as well. The Boston Celtics’ guard had a career-high six points along with four rebounds, two steals, and a block in just 11 minutes.
He shot 3-7 from the field, but missed his only two 3-point attempts as Boston beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 88-83.
Kaleb Tarczewski did not play for Philadelphia.
Kadeem Allen with the circus And One:— AZ Wildcat Country (@Wildcat_Country) July 12, 2017
Finished 11 mins, 6pts, 4r, 2apic.twitter.com/BrSoILu32w
Brandon Ashley couldn’t quite continue his hot streak Tuesday, as he had nine points and six rebounds in 23 minutes on 3-9 shooting in the Dallas Mavericks’ 78-73 win over the Miami Heat.
He did shoot 2-4 from 3 and block two shots, but he also committed six fouls (players are allowed 10 fouls in Summer League).
Nick Johnson had 10 points in 12 minutes for the Portland Trail Blazers, shooting 4-6 from the field and 2-2 from 3. He did have five turnovers, but also had two steals, two rebounds, and two assists.
Playoffs begin Wednesday
Things start to get serious in Las Vegas on Wednesday — that’s when tournament play begins.
The full schedule is linked below and eight games will be played on the day, but from an Arizona Wildcats standpoint, here’s what you need to know:
Lauri Markkanen and the Bulls take on Nick Johnson and the Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. PT (NBATV).
Meanwhile, Gabe York and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Kaleb Tarczewski and the Sixers at 7:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2).
Technically, it’s a single elimination tournament (as in a team must win-out to win the championship) but there is a consolation round for the teams that are eliminated from title contention.
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