With 2:50 left in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors' win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Thomas & Mack Arena jumbotron played the clip from Cheers with Woody leading a "We Will Rock You" chant.
The clip from a show that most of the younger people in the crowd probably didn't even recognize elicited a spattering of claps from around the arena, which was probably about the most excited the crowd got all night.
The Warriors' 85-77 win the Sixers was the final scheduled game of 2016 Las Vegas Summer League in front of a crowd that was reduced to a disengaged murmur by the end of the third quarter.
2016 #1 draft pick Ben Simmons was clearly the best talent on the court, but with most players merely meeting the expectations they'd set for themselves in previous games the crowd was either bored or distractedly waiting for the tournament to begin. I'll go with the former.
Regardless, the Warriors emerged from the malaise as the victor, getting their first win in Vegas this summer.
Royce Oneale had a team-high tying 16 points while Ognjen Kuzmic had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, many of which came on the defensive end with little challenge from the Sixers.
Despite a more impressive game statistically, Kuzmic's performance was sort of a mixed bag as he opened the game by struggling to keep up aside from a healthy dose of rebounding. Without going into too much detail, if you want to summarize the Kuzmic's first half, look no further than him getting the ball with his back to the basket in the post completely unguarded and kicking it back out. For whatever reason, he managed to figure things out in the second half by using his sizeable mass to impose his will.
Keifer Sykes led all scorers in the first half with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting en route to a team-high tying 16 points, but he continues to look like the definition of a shoot-first guard. Warriors summer coach Jarron Collins made a move to put the ball in Patrick McCaw's hands to start the game this time around and he played a much more efficient game overall.
The bottom line is that this was a game with next to no flow throughout, which can make it difficult to identify big picture bright spots. The Warriors will learn their seed in the upcoming tournament tomorrow.