Top 5 picks Paolo Banchero and Keegan Murray shine in a double OT summer league thriller as Magic snaps by

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Top 5 picks Paolo Banchero and Keegan Murray shine in a double OT summer league thriller as Magic snaps by

LAS VEGAS — Day three of the Las Vegas Summer League started with a bang as two top five draft picks went head to head. It was Paolo Banchero (#1) and Keegan Murray (#4) show and it lived up to all expectations and then some. The game required double overtime with sudden death, and Banchero’s Orlando Magic secured the 94-92 win over the Sacramento Kings in the main hall of the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Magic held a comfortable 18-point lead at 5:26 into the game. There were some bad turnovers and the Kings started to lose the lead. With just six seconds remaining, Sacramento was six seconds behind and Neemias Queta hit a three at the top of the button to reduce it to three. The clock ran out and Murray stole the inbounds ball and threw up a turnaround corner 3 pointer that went in and tied the game at 87.

The Kings scored six points in six seconds. Fans in the arena erupted as the two teams went into overtime.

“Keegan is tough, he’s a great player,” Banchero said after the game. “Every time he shoots I thought it was going to go in and the last one at the end of the fourth I told him I knew it was going to go in. He’s a great player and he’s fun to play against. “

During the Summer League, overtime is only two minutes. The Kings were three with six seconds left when magic guard Devin Cannady was fouled on a 3-point shot. He sunk all three shots. The Kings looked good with under five seconds, but Emanuel Terry came from the weak side to block Keon Ellis’ shot attempt and sent the game into double overtime in the sudden death.

At that point, fans watching the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat at the Cox Pavilion made their way to see one of the best Summer League games in recent memory.

During the sudden death double OT (which is rare in Summer League), Banchero was called out for a foul on a blocked shot on Queta’s dunk attempt. It was eventually knocked over and the Magic got the ball back.

“I thought I got the ball clean so I was upset but obviously they checked and knocked it over so I was happy to get the ball back with play on the line,” Banchero said. “I’m glad it didn’t end in free throws, especially with a game like this, and we were able to play through it.”

Banchero had the ball in his hands and everyone in the arena was on their feet. He drove the lane, drew two defenders and found Terry for an easy basket.

Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero reacts during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on July 9, 2022. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero takes on the Sacramento Kings during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on July 9, 2022. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“I tried to get to the edge but I knew they were going to charge and Keon Ellis ducked and tried to knock the ball out of my hands. As soon as I looked up, ET [Emanuel Terry] made a great cut under the rim and I just found it,” Banchero said.

“Paolo throws balls so I knew I had to be ready,” added Terry, laughing. “The game was great fun and I pay tribute to all my teammates and coaches.”

Both Banchero and Murray were amazing. Banchero did a bit of everything, finishing with 23 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals, two assists and two blocks. Murray shot the ball incredibly well, recording 20 points (4 of 8 from 3-point range), nine rebounds and two assists.

So far, this draft class is living up to the hype with all of the top 5 players performing well. Everyone who got in the mood for the NBA in July got a treat, and there’s a lot to look forward to from the young players who are coming.

“That was fun,” Banchero said with a smile. “I’ve never played in a game that ended like that. Six points in six seconds, that was crazy and I’m glad I got to see it and walk away with the win.”

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