#SummerBulls go 7-0 to win Samsung Las Vegas Summer League championship
The Chicago Bulls are NBA champions. Summer League champions, that is.
The Bulls grabbed the 84-82 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Monday night. The win marked an undefeated, 7-0 record for the Bulls.
First-round draft pick Denzel Valentine saved the day for his new team twice, making the shot that forced overtime and the game-winner.
Valentine buried a left-wing 3-pointer, his first one of the night, with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 77. Valentine’s three came after Minnesota’s Tyus Jones made a Stephen Curry-esque deep right-wing three of his own to give the Timberwolves the 77-74 edge.
Then, in overtime, Valentine made a tough mid-range jumper to beat the buzzer and solidify the win. Valentine’s shot came after point guard Jerian Grant had scored five quick points for the Bulls.
The Bulls started the game with an 18-13 first-quarter lead, but they fell behind in the following period, allowing a 19-0 Timberwolves run. Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie finally got the Bulls on the board at the 5:25 mark of the second quarter, driving in for a layup and drawing the foul.
By the time halftime rolled around, the Bulls still held a double-digit deficit, trailing 42-32. But Bobby Portis‘ 11-point third quarter gave Chicago the 59-58 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Although it’s just a Summer League championship, Bulls Summer League coach Pete Myers emphasized the value of winning:
A very fired up Pete Myers: "I don't care if it's summer league. Every time you lace them up, winning should be on your mind."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 19, 2016
Grant was named the MVP of the championship game, posting a double-double of 24 points on 9-for-19 from the field and 10 rebounds to go along with his five assists. Portis, however, led the Bulls in scoring with 26 points and added 10 rebounds and four steals.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.