Day 6 of scrimmages in Orlando saw 10 teams his the court as preparations continue ahead of the NBA season restart.
Headlined by big performances from J.R. Smith, Mike Conley Jr., and JJ Redick, here are the biggest storylines from today's scrimmage games:
The Dion and J.R. show
In the absence of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma, newly-acquired guards Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith took the reigns of the offence and there was no shortage of highlights in their 123-116 win over the Washington Wizards.
Smith poured in 20 points off the bench, knocking down 6-of-7 from beyond the arc, reminding everyone of his microwave scoring ability, which the Lakers will desperately need in Orlando.
Swish and Dion put on a show! ✨@TheRealJRSmith (20 PTS, 6-7 3PM) and @dionwaiters3 (18 PTS, 6 AST) propel the @Lakers to victory! #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/sDOlksYT1l- NBA (@NBA) July 27, 2020
Meanwhile, Waiters added 18 points and six assists in an impressive performance, with the pair earning praise from head coach Frank Vogel: "They definitely made a case to be in the playoff rotation," he said post-game of Waiters and Smith.
Mike Conley Jr. finds shooting touch
Much has been made of Mike Conley Jr.'s struggles this season for the Jazz - between a dip on form and nagging injuries, we haven't seen the best version of the point guard in a Jazz uniform, but things could be trending in the right direction for the 32-year-old.
In their 112-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets, Conley Jr. scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4-of-6 from deep and with the Jazz missing second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic for the season, could Conley be the guy to supplant his production?
📹| @mconley10 ⤵️- utahjazz (@utahjazz) July 28, 2020
18p | 4 3pm | 1b | 1s | 1a | 20 min pic.twitter.com/lhDbzjk5p4
JJ Redick goes splash!
The New Orleans Pelicans rode their hot shooting from beyond the arc to storm home and secure a 124-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
They blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Bucks 40-28, led by a 20-point barrage from JJ Redick.
Redick was perfect in the period, hitting all five field goal attempts, going 4-of-4 from the three-point line and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line.
JJ Redick drops 20 PTS in the 3rd Q! 🔥🔥🔥#WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/QXBn4Lf7rr- NBA (@NBA) July 28, 2020
Jamal Murray returns in style
The Denver Nuggets rolled out a more familiar starting lineup of Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap, and Nikola Jokic, for the first time in Orlando and despite a rusty showing, coach Mike Malone will take plenty of confidence from the play of Murray.
Making his first appearance in the scrimmage games, Murray got off to a hot start, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the first half, before cooling off, but he looks more than ready ahead of the seeding games.
🏹🏹🏹🏹#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/uNd61DLCWu- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) July 28, 2020
The Magic held off the Nuggets' second-half comeback to secure a 114-110 win, their first victory after losing the Clippers and Lakers in their first two hit outs.
With the Kings trailing by one point with 26 seconds remaining, Nemanja Bjielica came up clutch with the deep three-pointer (his only bucket of the game) to put the Kings in front as they held on for a 106-102 win over the LA Clippers.
PROFESSOR BIG SHOTS DOES IT AGAIN! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/5HOXa3dpSc- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 27, 2020
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