Sharife Cooper’s late 3 lifts Hawks to 84-83 win over Pacers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sharife Cooper made a go-ahead, 3-pointer just before the buzzer that lifted the Atlanta Hawks to an 84-83 win over the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Summer League on Tuesday night.

Cooper scored 21 points — making 5-of-8 3-pointers — and had nine assists. Atlanta drafted the 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard with the No. 48 overall pick after he entered the draft following his freshman season at Auburn.

Jalen Johnson, drafted No. 20 overall from Duke, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Atlanta’s Skylar Mays, a second-round pick last year, scored 16 points.

Chris Duarte, selected No. 13 out of Oregon, led Indiana with 21 points and seven rebounds. Second-year pro Cassius Stanley scored 14 points, third-year pro Oshae Brissett had 13 points and Isaiah Jackson, taken with the No. 22 pick, added 13 points.

Cooper’s game-winning shot from the corner, in front of the Pacers’ bench, was the eighth lead change in the fourth quarter.


Aaron Nesmith scored 33 points and made 7-of-9 3-pointers while Payton Pritchard had 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds to help the Boston Celtics rout the Denver Nuggets.

Nesmith, drafted No. 14 overall last year, had 11 points in the first quarter as the Celtics jumped out to a 31-25 lead. Pritchard, who is also in his second year, and third-year pro Carsen Edwards were in double figures in the first half to help Boston lead by 20 points at halftime after shooting 62%.

Bol Bol, son of former NBA player Manute Bol, led the Nuggets with 26 points and nine rebounds. He is trying to make the most of his opportunity in Las Vegas after playing sparingly in his first two NBA seasons.

Denver’s Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland, drafted No. 26 overall, scored 16 points and Davon Reed added 10 points in his hopes of making it back to the league. Reed was not in the NBA the previous two seasons after appearing in 31 games over two seasons with Phoenix and Indiana.


Patrick Williams, drafted fourth overall last year, scored 30 and second-round pick Marko Simonovic had 13 points to help the Chicago Bulls earn a comeback win over the San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio outscored Chicago 26-14 in the first quarter and led by 15 points at halftime. The Bulls went on a run early in the fourth quarter to take the lead and held on for the victory.

Second-year pro Tre Jones had 23 points and rookie Joe Wieskamp scored 11 points for the Spurs. Jaylen Morris scored 20 and Malik Newman had 19 points for the Spurs, who are giving both players another chance to play in the NBA.


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