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2024 Salt Lake City Summer League: Jaylen Wells’ game-winning goal leads Grizzlies to victory over 76ers

2024 Salt Lake City Summer League: Jaylen Wells’ game-winning goal leads Grizzlies to victory over 76ers

2024 Salt Lake City Summer League: Jaylen Wells’ game-winning goal leads Grizzlies to victory over 76ers

Jaylen Wells, who scored a game-high 27 points, reacts after hitting the game-winning buzzer beater for Memphis.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Newcomer to the Memphis Grizzlies A dominant overall performance by second-round draft pick Jaylen Wells was capped off with a game-winning one-handed jump shot as the final buzzer sounded to lead the Grizzlies to a thrilling 87-85 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Salt Lake City Summer League play on Tuesday night at the Delta Center in Utah.

The 76ers (1-1) opened the game in dominant fashion, which did not hide how tough the contest would ultimately be, as Philadelphia led the Grizzlies (1-1) 31-17 after one quarter. But Memphis turned the tables in the second quarter and made up the entire deficit, so the game went into halftime tied 49-49. The Grizzlies then stepped up their defense several notches in the second half, limiting the Sixers to 36 points in the final two quarters and sealing the hard-fought victory with Wells’ thrilling goal at the final buzzer on an Isaiah Miller miss.

Wells led the 76ers with 27 points and added six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Fellow rookie second-round pick Cam Spencer contributed 18 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and a steal. DeJon Jarreau totaled 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. Miller and Timmy Allen each scored eight points, with Miller adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Jeff Dowtin was the 76ers’ best player with 18 points and added six assists, two rebounds and a steal. Keve Aluma added 15 points, four rebounds, an assist and a block. Justin Edwards scored 14 points, three rebounds, an assist, two steals and two blocks. Rookie and first-round pick Jared McCain totaled 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

The two teams return to action Wednesday night at the Delta Center to conclude Salt Lake City Summer League play, with the Grizzlies facing the Oklahoma City Thunder and the 76ers facing the Utah Jazz.