Basketball

Crawford scores 17 in summer finale

Former University of Kentucky guard Joe Crawford saved his best NBA Summer League game for last.

Crawford scored a team- and season-high 17 points on 8-for-18 shooting in the Los Angeles Lakers' 92-79 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Crawford also had season highs in field goals (eight) and minutes (33). The Lakers finished the summer circuit with a 2-4 record.

Former Tennessee and Mason County star Chris Lofton played eight minutes for the Nuggets and shot 1-for-2 from three-point range.

Speights signs with Sixers

PHILADELPHIA — Marreese Speights, taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th overall pick in June's NBA Draft, signed with the team on Friday.

Speights, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Florida, will earn about $2.6 million in the first two years of the contract. The team holds an option for two additional years.

Speights received considerable playing time in the Las Vegas summer league, averaging 18.2 points and team-highs with 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in five games.

Speights declared for the draft following his sophomore year at Florida.

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