ORLANDO (ABC 4 Sports) - With the Utah Jazz’s guard play in adaptation after trading Devin Harris and negotiating a buyout with Raja Bell this offseason, Alec Burks is proving at the Orlando Pro Summer League he deserves consideration to be a starter in Salt Lake City next year.
Burks, who averaged 7.2 points in just over 13 minutes a game in his rookie campaign, erupted for 31 points and buried a pair of game-clinching free throws with 12.4 seconds left on Tuesday to help the Jazz (1-1) secure an 84-80 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (0-2).
While Burks, who connected on 10-of-14 of his shots from the floor, was the prime attraction in the opener of the day, others including Philadelphia’s Jacob Pullen (23 points) and Justin Holiday (16 points) also flourished.
In contrast to his older brother, Jrue Holiday, Justin is more of a scoring guard rather than a playmaker. Although he struggled from long distance (0-of-6), Holiday fired in seven shots from the field.
Utah, which forced Philly to toss up 21 3-point attempts, was stifling inside. Enes Kanter recorded 10 points and eight rebounds and was a big reason the 76ers had to settle for so many perimeter jumpers.
The Jazz will look for consecutive wins they clash with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, while the Sixers will attempt to notch their first victory of the week when they battle the Brooklyn Nets.