His performance on Monday surpassed the 36-point effort by Lonzo Ball previous year.
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 91-73 to grab the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League championship. Conversely, Hart's breakout performance in Las Vegas might boost his trade value for a potential blockbuster deal before the summer is out.
Sidelined in March after undergoing surgery to fix a broken left hand, Hart finished the regular season averaging 7.9 points per game and grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. In the semi-finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hart dropped 37 points and nine rebounds to lead LA to a double-overtime victory.
They struggled mightily against the Trail Blazers, even Josh Hart who had turned the previous six games into his personal playground. "That's the biggest thing, I came here to win, I came here to dominate". "That's never been a reason why I played this game".
The Los Angeles Lakers are getting awfully good at producing the Most Valuable Player at the NBA Summer League.
Over the weekend he also had his first meeting with Lakers coach Luke Walton. McDaniels, a 2014 second-round pick, was named MVP of the championship game, after posting 17 points (on 8-14 shooting), seven rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.
"I mean, it was cool". The work he's already putting in and how he's going to bring that work ethic to everyone on the team.