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Blazers summer squad drops opener in Vegas

Keon Johnson scores 22 points in 81-78 loss to Pistons

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Detroit Pistons' Killian Hayes, right, and Portland Trail Blazers' Keon Johnson vie for the ball during the second half an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas.
Detroit Pistons' Killian Hayes, right, and Portland Trail Blazers' Keon Johnson vie for the ball during the second half an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Photo Gallery

LAS VEGAS — Jaden Ivey scored 20 points and the Detroit Pistons turned back the Portland Trail Blazers 81-78 to cap off the first night of play Thursday in the Las Vegas Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The No. 5 pick added six rebounds and six assists for the Pistons. Saben Lee and Isaiah Stewart scored 13 points apiece. No. 13 pick Jalen Duren scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Keon Johnson topped the Blazers with 22 points. Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 7 pick, scored two points in 5 1/2 minutes before leaving with a shoulder injury. Brandon Williams added 15 points, and Jabari Walker scored 11 points with a team-high seven rebounds.

Portland next plays the New Orleans Pelicans at 7 p.m. Saturday at Thomas & Mack. The Blazers follow that with an 8 p.m. game Monday against the New York Knicks, and then at 6:30 p.m. game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, July 14.

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