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Dalton Knecht nearly scores a double-double in a groundbreaking game

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Former Vol and Lakers guard Dalton Knecht. Photo via @Lakers on X.

Former Tennessee guard Dalton Knecht scored 20 points in his first Summer League game against the Heat on Wednesday night and nearly recorded a double-double.

Knecht was the team’s top scorer, but that wasn’t enough to give the Los Angeles Lakers a win, as the Heat made a furious comeback in the last three minutes to win the game. Knecht had a good chance to tie the game with his elbow in the last ten seconds, but missed. The Heat ultimately won 80-76.

After a 3-0 defeat at the California Classic, Knecht and the Lakers are now heading to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

The former Vol made his mark early on the offensive line, assisting Bronny James, making a tough layup and hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter of the game. Knecht had a few turnovers in the 10-minute stretch, but was a focal point in the Lakers’ offense.

Knecht sat on the bench for the first five minutes of the second quarter and didn’t do much in his first few minutes back on the court. But with time running out, Knecht converted an offensive rebound into a three-foot crossover with 1:20 left in the half and followed it up with a reverse dunk in the box with a minute left.

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The 1.98 meter tall winger began his scoring spree in the second half with an elbow jumper after a block and a curl without the ball. A minute later, Knecht sprinted to the basket and was able to get out of the danger zone with an easy dunk after a pass from Colin Castleton.

It was obvious that Knecht was playing more aggressively and using off-ball cuts and screens to his advantage. But that cost him at times, as he looked exhausted in the final minute of the game. Knecht took on the responsibility of being the Lakers’ only real scoring threat in the game and worked hard in the first three quarters.

Knecht played the final five minutes of the game and came back into the game with the Lakers up five points. Knecht missed two three-point attempts early in his run before missing a pull-up shot from the elbow to tie the game with just 10 seconds left on the clock. After a pair of free throws by the Heat extended their lead to four points, Knecht missed a 27-foot three-pointer with one second left on the clock, but it wouldn’t have mattered.

The former Vol scored the most points on his team, making 7 of 18 FG shots, 2 of 8 three-pointers and 4 of 5 free throws. Knecht also grabbed nine rebounds, nearly a double-double, one assist and three turnovers. Former Florida forward Colin Castleton scored 18 points for the Lakers, working well with his former Tennessee rival in offensive two-man games.

After losing their first two games in the California Classic, Knecht and the Lakers had a chance to close the event with a win, but were outscored 44-36 in the second half and lost in the final minutes. The Lakers will now advance to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas to continue their work in July.

Knecht’s 39 percent shooting from the field on Wednesday is still below his 46 percent average in Tennessee, but it was significantly better than in his first two games. Knecht shot 3-of-12 (25 percent) in his first game and 3-of-13 (23 percent) in his second game, scoring 12 points in both games.

Here’s a look at all of Dalton Knecht’s highlights from his 20-point, 9-rebound game Wednesday night in San Francisco:

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