LAS VEGAS — DeVaugh Akoon-Purcell caught the ball on the right side of the floor, charged downhill and crashed into a couple Milwaukee Bucks. The referee blew his whistle, and even though Akoon-Purcell earned a trip to the free throw line he still let out a manic yell after his shot didn’t drop into the basket for a potential and-one.

The intensity in Akoon-Purcell’s approach has been on display all week at Summer League. The former Illinois State Redbird, who last season played professionally in Denmark, followed up his 19-point performance Saturday with an 18-point game against the Bucks on Monday. He was Denver’s second-leading scorer as it defeated Milwaukee 90-83 to move to 3-0 in Las Vegas.

“DeVaughn sometimes scares both coaches,” Nuggets Summer League coach Jordi Fernandez joked. “He’s been really good for us. He can handle (the ball) in the second side, and defensively he’s awesome. I don’t know if you guys remember, but he made a big mistake and had a turnover. He ran back and got it back. Those effort plays — it could be a four-point swing, and you end up scoring. Those are huge.”

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Christian Clark
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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.

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