Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. scored 25 points in 27 minutes and the Dallas Mavericks went to 2-0 in the NBA Las Vegas summer league with an 88-77 victory Sunday afternoon over the Phoenix Suns.
Smith, the ninth overall pick in the June NBA Draft, hit 8 of 14 shots, including 3 of 5 on 3-pointers. The 6-foot-3 guard from North Carolina State also pulled down eight rebounds and had four assists, four steals and five turnovers.
The Mavericks are riding a seven-game winning streak after going 5-0 in the Orlando summer league that finished last week.
Smith showed flashes of his trademark explosiveness and, as ESPN telecast analyst Seth Greenberg said, his “fearlessness” in his second game on an NBA stage after just one season in college.
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Also for Dallas, rookie center Brandon Ashley from Arizona scored 12 points, rookie guard Josh Adams of Wyoming pitched in 9 and guards Yogi Ferrell and Chinese league veteran Ding Yanyuhang each had eight points for the Mavericks. Rookie Johnathan Motley from Baylor scored four points Sunday.
Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, like Ferrell, approaching his second season in the NBA after being an undrafted rookie free agent last season, was only 1 of 9 shooting. But he led the Mavericks with nine rebounds. Second-year player Nicolas Brussino scored seven points.
Former Brown player Steven Spieth, the brother of Dallas PGA Tour star Jordan Spieth, scored two points on free throws in three minutes of play.
Pro basketball veteran Mike James scored 19 points to lead the Suns as he looks for a roster spot in the NBA.
The Mavericks’ next game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday (KTXA/21 and NBA TV) against the Miami Heat summer league team.