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Charlotte Bobcats win Saturday, head to NBA Summer League semis

The fifth-seeded Charlotte Bobcats upset the fourth-seeded NBA D-League Select team 85-75 in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Summer League inaugural tournament on Saturday in the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Charlotte had four players in double figures, including a game-high 17 points from Adbul Gaddy. Troy Daniels added 13 and Jerome Dyson added 12 and Jamie Skeen, who played at North Mecklenburg High, tallied 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds. The Bobcats rested summer league starters Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeff Taylor, Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo.

The NBA D-League Select Team was led by Elijah Milsap and Darnell Jackson who each had 12 points on the night with Kyle Weaver adding 10.

The Bobcats outscored the D-League Select Team 13-3 in the final minutes of the opening quarter to take a 19-12 advantage heading into the second quarter. The Bobcats were led by Skeen and Henry Sims, who each scored four points in the first quarter. The D-League Select Team was led by Stefhon Hannah with six points during that stretch.

Charlotte maintained its lead throughout the second quarter and took a 38-31 halftime lead.

Millsap led the D-League Select team in the quarter with eight points while Gaddy tallied seven points for the Bobcats. Both teams struggled from the field in the opening half of play; the Bobcats shooting 38 percent (14-37) while the D-League Select Team shot 33 percent on (11-33).

The Bobcats went on an 8-0 run late in the third quarter, building their largest lead of the quarter of 15 before taking a 60-48 lead heading into the final quarter.

Charlotte maintained its lead throughout the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 12 in the final period.

The Bobcats (4-1) will take on the winner of the Lakers/Warriors game on Sunday in the NBA Summer League Tournament semifinals in the Thomas & Mack Center. The game marks the end of the road for the NBA D-League Select Squad, finishing the tournament at 4-1.

Around the league

Dallas: The Mavericks signed free agent center Samuel Dalembert, putting them a step closer to securing another overhaul of their starting lineup.

The deal announced Friday means four of the projected starters in Dallas are under contract. The other, shooting guard Monta Ellis, has a verbal agreement.

The contract is reportedly worth $7.5 million over two seasons.

Los Angeles Lakers: It didn’t take long for the Los Angeles Lakers to promote Mark Madsen.

The former Stanford player who was part of the Lakers’ NBA champion teams in 2001 and ’02 was hired as the team’s player development coach, along with Larry Lewis.

In May, Madsen was hired to coach the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season. Instead, he will help Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni.

Madsen played nine seasons in the NBA and spent the last two years as a Stanford assistant

Lewis spent last season as an assistant with the D-Fenders and before that was head of player development for the team.

• Two NBA championship rings that Kobe Bryant gave to his parents each sold for more than $100,000 at an auction that supported one of his charities.

Goldin Auctions said six items of Bryant memorabilia sold for a combined $433,531 in the monthlong auction that closed early Saturday morning.

A 2000 Lakers championship ring gifted by Bryant to his father, Joe, sold for $174,184. A ring given to his mother, Pamela, from the same championship season went for $108,153.

Bryant had filed a suit against the auction company, saying his mother didn’t have the right to sell the items. A settlement was reached last month allowing six items to be auctioned after the five-time NBA champion’s parents apologized to their son and thanked him for his financial support.

Associated Press

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