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Arizona in Summer League: Kobi Simmons drops 23 points, Miles Simon’s Lakers advance to title game

Simmons ended Summer League with his highest-scoring outing yet

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Kobi Simmons scored 23 points but it was not enough, as the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinals, 97-92.

Simmons also added six rebounds, two assists, and three steals. He was 6-of-15 from the field, 1-of-3 from distance, and 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

Here are his highlights:

In nine Summer League games (including the two he played in Utah), Simmons averaged 15.6 points, 2.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game, with a shooting line of .409/.350/.830.

Simmons’ 23 points on Monday were his highest point total of the summer. He had two other 20-point outings.

The former Wildcat is still signed on a two-way deal with Memphis, so he will be splitting time between the NBA and G League again next season, barring a change in his contract.

Miles Simon and the Lakers held off the Cavaliers in double overtime Monday to advance to the Las Vegas Summer League title game where they will face Portland.

L.A. still has yet to drop a game in Las Vegas, and will go for its second straight Summer League title Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN.

The Lakers have been led by former Villanova standout Josh Hart and former Kansas forward Svi Mykhailiuk. Michigan big man Moritz Wagner, L.A.’s first round pick, was dominant early in Summer League, but is now out with an injury.

Lakers forward and former Utah star Kyle Kuzma, a second-year player who led the L.A. to a Summer League title last year, praised Simon’s coaching.

The Lakers were coached by UA alum Jud Buechler last summer.