The Cougar NBA tracker, Brandon Davies: Summer league, game 1

Brandon Davies was in the starting lineup as the Orlando Magic’s Blue summer league team outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 75-74 in overtime at the Amway Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Magic got out to a fast start, led by a blistering opening quarter from Aaron Gordon. They took a 10-point lead after the opening stanza before the Clippers made a come back. Los Angeles dominated play throughout the middle two quarters before the Magic bounced back in the fourth to push the game to overtime.

That’s when first-round pick Mario Hezonja made his presence felt. With the Magic trailing by two with 15 seconds remaining, he caught a pass from Devyn Marble and knocked down a 3-point shot from the left-wing for the game winner.

Gordon led the way for Orlando with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-5 from beyond the arc. He added 18 rebounds and two blocked shots. The one place where he struggled was at the free-throw where me made just 4-of-10 attempts. Marble added 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting from 3-point land to go along with six steals, three assists and three rebounds. Hezonja chipped in with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals while Elfrid Payton managed seven points on 3-for-10 shooting from the floor with nine assists and two rebounds.

Branden Dawson led the way for the Clippers with 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the field with 14 rebounds off the bench. C.J. Wilcox added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals while Nate Wolters totaled 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jordan Hamilton also reached double figures with 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting with four rebounds and two assists.

Davies played 20:03 in the win and had some nice moments. He finished with seven points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds, an assist and a block.

He started the game off with the first five points on a 3-point play after he got fouled on a mid-range jumper. He followed that up with a putback dunk. His only other basket of the game came when he put the ball on the floor and got to the rim for a lay-up. The one place where Davies really struggled was with his passing. While he did make some nice passes that led to easy buckets for the Magic, he had a game-high tying five turnovers.

Up next for Davies and the Magic blue team is a Monday afternoon matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

All statistical information from NBA.com.

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