By Dan Savage
July 4, 2017
ORLANDO – Although Tuesday’s matchup between the Mavericks and the Pacers was a battle of 2017 Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League unbeatens, Dallas left no doubt about which team should be the championship favorite.
Jameel Warney scored 17 and Brandon Paul notched 16 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Mavs rolled past the Pacers for a 94-79 victory.
“Today is a representation of what these guys have been doing not only in camp, but all week here in Orlando,” Dallas Summer League Head Coach Mike Weinar said. “They’ve come together as a cohesive unit, which is hard to do in a short amount of time.”
Warney appeared to make the most of his time in the G-League with the Texas Legends last season. The Stony Brook standout was a force on the inside, going 7-for-8 from the floor, pulling down four rebounds and blocking two shots.
“I make a living off of offensive rebounds and being a hard worker, so it was good that some of the balls went my way and I scored some points,” Warney said.
Chinese Basketball Association star Ding Yanyuhang put together his best summer league game thus far. The reigning CBA Domestic MVP notched nine points, five rebounds and four assists as he continues to adjust to the NBA game.
“It’s a work in progress,” Yanyuhang said through a team translator. “It’s my third game in, I’m still learning a lot and still getting a feel for it, step by step.”
Journeyman Jarnell Stokes led Indiana with 15 points, while Pacers point guard Joe Young scored 10.
Rookie T.J. Leaf had his first rough outing of the summer session, going 2-for-7 from the floor on his way to seven points. He had the lowest plus/minus rating of any player on the court, posting a -18.
The Mavs (3-0) look to remain unbeaten when they take the court against the Thunder at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, while the Pacers (3-1) have a day off before returning to action on Championship Day.