Cavs' Wiggins, 76ers' Noel take part in Summer League showdown

The Philadelphia InquirerJuly 14, 2014 

— Nerlens Noel's latest summer-league sighting went as expected.

The 76ers center ran the floor well, made an array of baskets, and blocked shots. But on Monday night, his heroics took a backseat to Andrew Wiggins in Cleveland's 86-77 NBA Summer League victory at Cox Pavilion.

The 6-foot-8 swingman out of Kansas showed flashes of the athleticism that enticed the Cavaliers into making him the first overall pick in the NBA draft.

First there was his spin move that ended with a two-handed baseline jam to give the Cavs a 40-27 lead with 2 minutes, 56 seconds left in the first half. Moments later, Wiggins blocked a Noel layup while providing help defense. Then he leaped and stole a pass by Casper Ware that led to a dunk by fellow Canadian Anthony Bennett late in the half.

Wiggins finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots in 23 minutes.

Noel had 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and a game-high four blocked shots in his fourth summer-league appearance. It was the 6-11, 223-pounder's first game since he played Wednesday in the Orlando Summer League.

Noel's defensive timing and conditioning are improving with each game. He altered several shots and forced players to pass the ball while driving the lane. The Cavs also had problems with his quick hands on the defensive end.

Sixers swingman Jordan McRae led all scorers with 18 points. The second-round draft pick made 8 of 9 foul shots.

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