Jalen Smith hot from 3 in the leading Suns to her first win in the NBA Summer League

Phoenix Sun’s great Jalen Smith had it up and running early Thursday night.

After a 9-1 shooting attempt in the first half of his final game, Smith scored 16 points in the first half of a 90-84 win against the Denver Nuggets at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“I just kept playing my game,” said Smith. “Like I said, it’s a make-or-miss league. You can hardly concentrate on the last game because there are so many games. Of course we only play five games here, but like a normal 82 “Game season, you can’t go into the last game because it will affect you later. So it was pretty much easy going on and getting better. “

Smith finished the game on 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Suns recorded their first win in NBA Summer League action. The 6-10 forward went 4-of-7 for 3s with three deep ties in the first half.

His fourth 3 was part of a 15-3 run that gave Phoenix an 83-76 lead with 5:08 in the game. He has scored double doubles in the Phoenix Summer League games.

As much as Smith influenced the game with his goal, Sun’s assistant coach Brian Randle pointed out something else that impressed him even more.

“His performance,” said Randle when he took his first win in the Summer League. “He made shots, which is great, but this willingness and desire to attack every game offensively and defensively. Pretty much the same way of performing consistently. Be in his defensive stance and position. Around the glass to shatter, take his hands “on loose balls. Obviously making shots. Put up screens and roll hard, get outside. What he showed tonight, besides hitting, was his ability to influence in different ways and that’s great for any player but especially for young players and I think for him it should give him a lot of confidence that he can do this Can play game at a high level. “

The Suns will play the fourth of five summer league games against Portland at the Cox Pavilion on Saturday.

Your last game is either scheduled for Monday on Tuesday against a team that will be determined later.

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