Orlando Summer League recap: Oklahoma City Thunder crush Brooklyn Nets 98-84

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Thunder finally got their first win of the summer league behind the all around play of Jeremy Lamb and rookie Mitch McGary.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder earned their first win in the Orlando 2014 summer league after two consecutive loses, defeating the Brooklyn Nets 98-84.

Although the Thunder continued to shuffle their lineups to give different players a chance, they managed to play their best game of the summer so far. This was the first game where the Thunder were different in terms of the presence of teamwork play on the floor, much more effort from the key players, better ball movement, avoidance of turnovers, focus in the game,  and a lot of aggressiveness. All five starters finished in double figures.

Key Players

Mario Little: 14 points, 2 steals, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, while shooting 4-9 from behind the arc, and 4-13 from the field. He is a great shooter, catching fire from behind the arc in the 2nd half. His 3-pointers made it tough on the Nets to achieve a comeback.

Mitch McGary: Most Valuable Player. His performance in the game was tremendous and outstanding. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and 2 assists while shooting 8-17 from the field. He has a great amount of athleticism around the rim and good jump-shot abilities. What was the most surprising was McGary's aggressiveness in the open court, leading the fast break on numerous occasions:


Marcus Lewis: He was the player who started the spark in the first quarter and inspired the rest of the players to contribute down on the floor. He finished with 13 points, 3 steals, 3 assists, and 1 rebound.

Jeremy Lamb: As opposed to his first game, Lamb came out aggressive in the game in all the aspects. He did a great job offensively, looking for his shot. He scored 26 points, 3 steals, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, while shooting 8-21 from the field, 2-7 from the 3-point line, and 8-9 from the free throw line. The absence of his teammates such as Perry Jones, Steven Adams, Josh Huestis, Semaj Christon, and Andre Roberson gave Lamb a green light to shoot virtually all game.

Nolan Smith: His touches where remarkable on the game, as he added 11 points, 3 steals, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds, while shooting 3-4 from the field, 1-1 from beyond the arc, and 4-4 from the foul line.

Michael Stockton: He did his job as a point guard, showcasing some of the basketball intuitiveness of his Hall of Fame dad. He recorded 7 points, 1 steals, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds, while shooting 2-4 from the field, 1-2 from the 3-point line, and 2-2 free throws made.

Fuquan Edwin, and Maurice Sutton: Both of the following players combined for 9 points, and did a good overall job coming off the bench.

The Thunder summer league team players in general improved. What was most encouraging was to see Lamb engaged in the offense and rookie McGary showcasing his diverse skillset.

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