NBA Summer League 2014: DeAndre Kane aids Los Angeles Lakers in OT victory


Yes, we are going to talk about a buzzer-beating tip-in during the overtime period in an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Monday night — and DeAndre Kane started it all.

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Kane clocked in a playing time total of 26:09 with the Los Angeles Lakers, finishing with 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal, but the story begins in overtime. Just as everyone thought his day was complete, Kane enters back into the game when the two-minute overtime period started against the Golden State Warriors.

We can also talk about the awesome overtime rules that are implemented in summer league games, but that’s a different topic for a different day.

After Kendall Marshall made two big free throws for the Lakers, Justin Holiday made a jump shot off of an Aaron Craft assist with 6 seconds to go to give the Warriors a 1-point lead. On the final possession, Kane pushed the ball up the court and dished it off to an open Julius Randle.

Randle missed it, but Jordan Clarkson was able to tip it in with just .1 second left on the clock to give the Lakers their first 89-88 victory in Las Vegas.

Kane went 3-of-8 from the field, 0-and-3 from downtown, and hit 2-of-4 from the free throw line.

Los Angeles had control for most of the game, but it was thanks to Craft’s energy late in the game for Golden State to make a surge and force it into overtime. While Kane missed all three 3-pointers, Craft made two of his three. Of course he did.

The Lakers’ draft picks looked really good in the game. As they’re improving, so is Kane, who seems to be getting more comfortable and receives more playing time in each game. We’ll see what kind of an impact he makes in the playoffs that begin on Wednesday.

  • Tyrus McGee did not play for the Warriors.
  • Melvin Ejim had less than 5 minutes of action with the San Antonio Spurs in their 88-86 victory. He missed his lone field goal attempt and recorded an assist.
  • Will Clyburn hit a 3-pointer and recorded a rebound, assist, steal, and turnover in over 8 minutes of action with the Los Angeles Clippers in their 91-85 win.

The Cyclones that are schedule to appear today are Craig Brackins with the Portland Trail Blazers against the Atlanta Hawks at 3:00 PM Central time and Clyburn with the Clippers against the Houston Rockets at 5:00 PM.