LAS VEGAS -- With a better roster for this year’s summer league -- and Kelly Oubre's confidence through the roof -- the Wizards were able to get a better result in the opener in a 88-73 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday at Thomas and Mack Center.
The Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday (CSN, 4 p.m. ET).
Oubre also had eight rebounds and four steals in 29 minutes though he needed 19 shots. When the Wizards were able to blow open the game in the third, it was a series of deflections and steals by Oubre that led to transition buckets as the Jazz only scored 14 points.
Trey Lyles led the Jazz with a game-high 28 points but didn't have much help as no other teammate scored more than eight.
Tough assignment: The start was promising for Aaron White. He missed his first shot but made his first three-point attempt after popping behind the arc. He got the ball wide open from D.J. Cooper but didn’t do much else until late. White shot 3 of 10 for nine points and made just 1 of 4 threes. Defensively, he had trouble staying in front of Lyles.
Big emergence: Daniel Ochefu (four points) has the $50,000 in guarantees coming from the Wizards, but it was starting enter Micheal Eric who had the bigger impact. Eric, who had 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks, started and was a force inside in just 21 minutes. He made 6 of 8 shots but also was strong stepping up to defend the pick-and-roll. How does the 28-year-old veteran of multiple summer league teams perform when put in these situations against better point guards than Aaron Craft will be the key.
Held out: James Nunnally, Rayshawn Simmons, James Southerland, Nate Wolters and Kaleb Tarczewski didn't play. They'll likely get time Sunday. Nunnally, Tarczewski and Wolters weren’t in minicamp because of Orlando Summer League commitments.