The Sacramento Kings become the first team to win multiple Summer League titles after defeating the Boston Celtics 100-67 at Thomas & Mack Center.
The Kings finished their stint in Vegas undefeated after a monster second-half performance, outscoring the Celtics 56-31 in the final 20 minutes.
🏆👑📸- NBA (@NBA) August 18, 2021
Your 2021 MGM Resorts #NBASummer League Champion @SacramentoKings! pic.twitter.com/U6kVBRNtT9
Louis King led the Kings with 21 points, while Jahmi'us Ramsey added 16 and Matt Coleman III had 14.
Carsen Edwards was the Celtics' leading scorer in the night with 15 points, while Aaron Nesmith added 12 points and six rebounds.
Let's jump into the key takeaways from the championship game:
Louis King named MVP
King, who is on a two-way contract with the Kings, was the star of the championship game with 21 points, three rebounds and five steals, shooting 8-of-18 from the field.
Louis King wins the 2021 @NBASummerLeague MVP!#NBASummer pic.twitter.com/Mh3UzbInmm- NBA TV (@NBATV) August 18, 2021
The Kings came out flat to open the championship game falling behind 12-2, but King's offence kept them in he contest, scoring 10 of his 21 points in the first quarter.
Davion Mitchell's defence is next level
It might just be Summer League, but Mitchell passes the eye test.
His on-ball defence throughout the tournament has been nothing short of aggressive and he brought the heat in the championship game, putting the clamps on Celtics guard Payton Pritchard.
Just look at the activity from the No. 9 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
"He's got him on Rikers"@hoopculture13 | #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/QyMToWbMZI- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 18, 2021
Pritchard came into the final averaging 20.3 points per game for the Celtics in Vegas, but Mitchell held him to just six points on 0-of-6 from the 3-point line.
Mitchell had a relatively quiet night offensively with nine points and seven assists on 3-of-12 shooting, but his defensive effort stood out all night as he set the tone for his teammates.
Payton Pritchard coming into the Summer League Final:- StatMuse (@statmuse) August 18, 2021
- 20.3 PPG
- 51.4 FG%
- 57.7 3P% on 8.7 attempts
- 1.3 TOV
Payton Pritchard guarded by Davion Mitchell in the Summer League Final:
- 4 PTS
- 2-6 FG
- 0-4 3P
- 4 TOV
Off night. pic.twitter.com/DCaye0daPQ
Kings lock down
The Celtics came into the championship game undefeated winning their games by an average margin of 21 points, but the Kings stifled them throughout the second half, holding them to just 31 points on 9-of-30 shooting (30 percent) and outscored them 38-4 in points off turnovers, finishing the game with 18 steals.
Emanuel Terry and Louis King had five steals each as the Kings hounded the Celtics on defence, forcing them into 28 turnovers on the night.
The Kings outscored the Celtics 38-4 in points off turnovers in the Vegas Summer League championship game (+34).- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 18, 2021
The largest differential in a regular season game over the last 25 seasons is +33. pic.twitter.com/QbPWepKc1e
The Kings turned it into a track meet as they outscored the Celtics 24-4 in fastbreak points.
Defense ➡️ Offense@Raw2512 to @newanimprovedJR | #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/FtgwGC1TL0- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 18, 2021
Terry makes his case
The Kings currently don't have an available roster spot for Emanuel Terry, but he gave them plenty to think about in the championship game.
The 24-year-old big man gave them a huge boost off the bench with nine points and 15 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, adding five steals with his hustle and activity creating plenty of problems for the Celtics.
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@EmanuelTerry08 | #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/HrBSvrmDNw
He led the second unit effort which outscored the Celtics reserves by 29 points. Matt Coleman III finished with 14 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 from deep, while Ade Murkey finished with 10 points.
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