Luke Kennard shines in summer league finale but Pistons fall, 83-81

Dallas Mavericks center Johnathan Motley’s 9-footer with 0.3 second left sent the Detroit Pistons to an 83-81 overtime loss in the title game of the Orlando Pro Summer League on Thursday afternoon.

First-round draft pick Luke Kennard scored 24 points, including all seven of the Pistons’ points in overtime. He had just tied the game at 81 with a three-pointer with 6.7 seconds left.

The Mavericks called time-out, moving the ball to center court.

Mavs forward Ding Yanyuhang inbounded to Motley, who screened Pistons power forward Henry Ellenson before slipping toward the basket.

Ding drove left on Ellenson, but Pistons center Eric Moreland cut him off at the baseline.

But Ding pivoted and found a wide-open Motley, who calmly drained the winner.

It made a loser of the Pistons (3-2) and Kennard, who scored 24 points in his best outing of the week.

Kennard was 9-for-15 from the field and 3-for-3 from three-point range. He added five rebounds.

Second-year power forward Henry Ellenson struggled with five points on 2-for-10 shooting. Point guard Pierre Jackson scored 22 points and dished off eight assists.

Eric Moreland, who signed a contract with the Pistons on Thursday, capped off a strong week with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Motley finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Dwight Buycks had 28 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Mavericks (5-0).

The Mavericks  overcame a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and four players left early for commitments in the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts Friday.

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