Kyle Anderson Scores Game-High 25 but Jazz Beat Spurs

By David Kenyon

Kyle Anderson scored 15 points before he missed a shot, but the San Antonio Spurs came up short against the Utah Jazz in Summer League action on Tuesday night.

San Antonio trailed by two points with 4.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, setting up potential heroics for the second consecutive night. However, Anderson missed a tough layup, Cady Lalanne sent a tip-shot wide and the Jazz escaped with a 72-70 victory.

Kyle Anderson misses the bunny. Blouses. Jazz fans erupt.

— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) July 8, 2015

Anderson, the Spurs’ first-round pick in 2014, connected on five field goals and five free throws to start his night. He tallied 19 points in the opening half and finished with a game-high 25, adding eight rebounds. The UCLA product displayed a willingness to challenge smaller defenders, a promising sign since Anderson may find himself on the Spurs bench during the regular season.

Granted, Anderson did commit five turnovers, so don’t get carried away with his ability to regularly make a positive impact.

Treveon Graham emerged as San Antonio’s No. 2 scoring option and recorded 17 points on the night, but the Spurs didn’t receive much offense behind that duo.

Following a 19-point performance during Monday’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Dairis Bertans connected on just 3-of-11 shots for a total of eight points. Overall, the Spurs shot 10-of-43, excluding a 13-of-23 combined mark from Anderson and Graham.

Bryce Cotton, who played for the Spurs D-League team last season before the Jazz picked him up, netted eight points but ended with a meager 2-of-11 clip from the floor for Utah. Rodney Hood paced the Jazz with 18 points.

San Antonio’s final Summer League game in Salt Lake City is against the Boston Celtics, which tips off at 6 p.m. ET Thursday night and will be broadcast on NBATV.