Three takeaways: Heat end Sacramento summer league with another impressive performance

Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. dunks as Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during Thursday’s summer league game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO – The Mimi Heat apparently needed a warm up in the California Classic summer league before putting it all together.

The Heat concluded their three-games with an 86-76 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday for their second consecutive impressive win.

Miami (2-1) outscored the Lakers and Kings by a combined 25 points in its final two games after a 79-68 loss to Golden State in the opener.

Derrick Jones Jr. lead the Heat in scoring all three games, finishing with 19 points and seven rebounds against Sacramento.

“Everybody is just going out there with a selfless attitude,” Jones said. “I really don’t care about self-accolades in the summer league right now. I score, I score. If I don’t I’m going to play defense regardless and make sure my teammates are in the right spot on defense, make sure they’re in the right spot on offense.”

The Kings (1-2) were playing with four players taken within the first 34 picks of the draft the last two years including first rounders Harry Giles (No. 20 in 2017), Justin Jackson (No. 15 in 2017) and Marvin Bagley (No. 2 in 2018). A fourth first rounder, De’Aaron Fox, played in the Kings first game but sat out the last two.

Frank Mason (No. 34 in 2018) also was on the roster.

The Heat now move onto the summer league in Las Vegas, where they begin play at 5 p.m. Saturday against New Orleans.

Here are our three takeaways:

Defense the key: Heat coach Eric Glass was pleased with the defense, especially the last two games, holding the Lakers and Kings to 150 points. The Lakers needed a 24-point fourth quarter – after Miami opened a 31-point lead – to push their shooting percentage to 40.5 percent and the Heat forced the Kings into 21 turnovers.

“Anytime you can get stops and play off misses or play off turnovers, which they didn’t miss as much tonight, but we forced them into 21 turnovers, that always helps your offense,” Glass said. “You know us. We hang our hat on defense. We’re going to grind games out. It’s where we take our pride.”

M-V-P, M-V-P: Jones’ confidence is growing with every game. The newest member of the Heat’s 15-man roster (Jones signed a two-year contract Saturday) averaged 21.3 points on 22-of-42 shooting in the three games and added 22 rebounds, six  steals and four blocks. Jones’ athletic ability was a big hit with the enthusiastic crowds with several highlight reel dunks that brought the fans out of their seats.

“He’s playing off the charts right now,” Bam Adebayo said. “His head is high. We follow him. He’s in a zone.”

Bam on the boards: Adebayo, the Heat’s first-round pick in 2017, struggled again from the floor but the Heat were pleased with his all-around game in Sacramento. Adebayo scored 14 points and had nine rebounds on Thursday. He finished the three games with 37 points on 11-of-32 shooting (34.3 percent) and 34 rebounds.

“He’s pissed I took him out with 30 seconds because he wants another rebound,” Glass said. “I like that. He boxes out, rebounds in traffic, rebounds with two hands and he’s battling down there. He has some big guys who are playing against him every game and he’s taking ownership of that paint.”

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