Ex-Cats

A pair of ex-Cats went toe-to-toe in NBA Summer League opener on Friday

Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk dunked against the Washington Wizards on March 31, 2018, in Washington. The former University of Kentucky star scored 23 points in his NBA Summer League debut on Friday.
Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk dunked against the Washington Wizards on March 31, 2018, in Washington. The former University of Kentucky star scored 23 points in his NBA Summer League debut on Friday. Associated Press

The NBA Summer League's Las Vegas slate tipped off Friday and a pair of former University of Kentucky stars led their teams in a game that went down to the wire.

Behind a huge night from Malik Monk, Charlotte edged Oklahoma City 88-87. Monk, who averaged 19.8 points per game in his lone season at UK and set a single-game freshman scoring record with 47 points in a win over North Carolina, scored 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting and hit four of nine three-pointers. He also added two assists and two steals in his Summer League debut. Monk was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and averaged 6.7 points and 13.6 minutes per game in his rookie season with the Hornets.

Ex-Cat Dakari Johnson did a bit of everything for Oklahoma City in the loss. The 7-foot, 255-pound center scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals. Johnson had an assist on a game-tying basket late, hitting Daniel Hamilton as he cut through the lane for a layup with 17 seconds to play.

Johnson averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his two seasons at UK. He was selected in the second round, No. 48 overall, by Oklahoma City in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Former UK guard Hamidou Diallo also made his NBA Summer League debut for Oklahoma City and had three points and three rebounds in just over 14 minutes.

Briscoe comes up big in Magic debut

Former Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe was impressive in his return to U.S. basketball on Friday. Briscoe scored 16 points in Orlando's 86-80 win over Brooklyn. Briscoe started and went 6-for-12 from the floor and had four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.

Briscoe played two seasons at UK and averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore. He went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. He spent time with the 76ers and Trail Blazers in the preseason last year but didn't make a roster.

Briscoe spent last season in the Estonian League where he led Kalev to the league title, averaging 18.5 points and 4.2 assists per game. He was named MVP of the Estonia/Latvia All-Star Game.

More ex-Cats

Marquis Teague scored four points and had three assists and two rebounds in Toronto's 90-77 loss to New Orleans on Friday. Derek Willis went scoreless in 13 minutes off the bench for New Orleans, going 0-for-3 from the field.

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