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NBA 2K23 Summer League: McGowens, Hornets prevail over Cavaliers

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Game Recap: Hornets 91, Cavaliers 80

Second-round pick Bryce McGowens’ red-hot shooting performance helped lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 91-80 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers within the NBA 2K23 Summer League on Wednesday afternoon at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

An exciting contested first half ended with the Hornets holding a slim two-point lead, but Charlotte managed to vary the dynamic of the sport throughout the third period by which it outscored the Cavaliers by a 29-19 margin.

The defense then dominated the ultimate 10 minutes, but Cleveland was only in a position to put a one-point dent in its deficit before the ultimate buzzer. The Hornets shot 48.5 percent, including 39.4 percent from three-point range, while outrebounding the Cavs by a 44-32 margin.

The 14th overall pick Ochai Agbaji led the Cavaliers with 24 points, together with three rebounds, one assist and three steals. Cam Young furnished 11 points, one assist, one steal and one block. Amauri Hardy delivered 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and one block.

Hornets’ McGowens shot 70 percent overall, including 83.3 percent from behind the arc, on his technique to a team-high 24 points, a tally he supplemented with two rebounds and one assist. The fifteenth overall selection on this yr’s NBA Draft, Mark Williams, totaled 12 points, eight boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

Brady Manek and LiAngelo Ball also generated matching 12-point contributions while recording seven and three rebounds, respectively. Kai Jones supplied 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal.

Each teams return to the ground Thursday afternoon, with the Cavaliers taking up the Detroit Pistons and the Hornets facing off with the Chicago Bulls.

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