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Ding shines for Dallas

China Daily | Updated: 2017-07-08 07:08

China's Ding Yanyuhang impressed as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 83-81 in overtime to win the Orlando Pro Summer League on Thursday.

The CBA All-Star certainly has a lot to adjust to with the NBA game, but what he lacks in understanding he made up for in hustle and determination.

The 23-year-old former Shandong Golden Stars forward played his best game of the week in the championship decider on Thursday, finishing with 13 points, two assists and two steals, while converting 5 of 6 free throws.

Meanwhile, it wasn't quite the week Johnathan Motley hoped to have.

The Mavericks had more than enough capable players, making it hard for the undrafted rookie - limited by a healing knee injury - to get minutes.

However, with several key players already off to the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday, Motley got his most expansive playing time and made quite an impression.

He had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a touch jumper in the lane for undefeated Dallas.

"It means the world to me because I've been limited on minutes because of my knee and it kind of held my minutes down," said Motley, who averaged seven points for the week. "I got to play a lot today and did some really good things."

Motley was huge for a Mavs team that was missing four its top five scorers. The 6-foot-10 post player logged 36 minutes and impressed with his jumping ability and versatility in the paint.


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