The Philadelphia 76ers’ No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz, suffered an ankle injury a couple of minutes into the third quarter of Saturday night’s Summer League matchup against the Golden State Warriors. The injury occurred on a play when Fultz was attempting to block the shot of a Warriors player from behind and he ended up coming down on the player’s foot.
Fultz could not make it off the floor on his own power. He needed assistance getting to the locker room and could not put any pressure on his foot. However, ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne, who was on hand, was able to report that the Sixers training staff had diagnosed Fultz with a just a sprained ankle.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was also injured during the same play where Fultz’s injury had occurred when he caught an elbow to the nose. Luwawu-Cabarrot had to leave the game, as well, with a bloody nose, and did not return.
Coming into the game, Fultz and Luwawu-Cabarrot have been the leaders on the floor for the 76ers so far through the first few games of the NBA Summer League. Markelle was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 20 points a game in his first two Summer League games in Utah.
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Fultz left Saturday night’s game shooting 3-12 from the floor, scoring 8 points in just 15 minutes. When he exited the game, the Warriors took advantage and led the game by as many as 12 points in the third quarter. However, the Sixers fought hard to stay in the game down the stretch, despite losing their two leaders to injuries.
Furkan Korkmaz led the Sixers with 15 points. Aaron Harrison and Jonah Bolden combined for 24 points off the bench. Alex Poythress continued to excel at the forward position by posting 12 points in 23 minutes.
As the game came down to the wire, the Sixers needed someone to step up and become the go-to-guy in the closing minute of the game. With the game tied at 93, Larry Drew II hit a jump shot for two that put the Sixers ahead with 7.6 seconds to go.
Patrick McCaw, who posted a game-high for the Warriors with 25 points, missed an attempt at the game-tying jump shot and Philadelphia escaped with the 95-93 win.
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