Orlando Summer League recap: Thunder fall to Pacers, 94-71

Marc Serota

The Thunder lost their 3rd game of the Orlando Summer league, falling to the Pacers.

Box ScoreIndy Cornrows

The Thunder fell to the Indiana Pacers in their 4th summer league game, 94-71. The Thunder could not follow up their strong showing against the Nets today, fell behind early, and never put much of an effort together to get back into the game.

The Thunder came out solid in the first quarter and played aggressive on the floor, grabbing a lead at 23-22. However, the moment the second quarter began, the Pacers started executing offensively and getting plenty of open looks, especially from 3-point range. Indiana outscored the Thunder 34-13 in the 2nd quarter, led by Frank Gaines and Donald Sloan.

The Thunder were working hard to give Steven Adams and Andre Roberson the opportunity to work on their offense, but they got little help from Jeremy Lamb, who struggled from the floor throughout the game.

As the third quarter began, the Thunder could not alter their poor performance. The Thunder stepped up a little bit in the fourth quarter but it was too late at that point, which enabled the Pacers to close things out with little trouble.

Important Statistics

Mitch McGary: 15 points, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and 2 rebounds, while shooting 5-7 from the field.

Andre Roberson: He was so close to record a double-double. He added 9 points, 1 block, 2 steals, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, and a pair of 3-pointer while shooting 3-6 from the field.

Steven Adams: 10 points, 1 block, 1 assist, and 8 rebounds.

Jeremy Lamb: He was frustrating especially from behind the arc. He scored 12 points, dished 2 assists, and grabbed 3 rebounds, while shooting 1-9 from the 3-point line, and 4-17 from the field.

S. Christon, N.Smith, J.Huestis, and M.Stockton: The following players respectively combined for 20 points.

The outcome was surprising since the Thunder were playing with their best players, who did not play collective team basketball as they did against Brooklyn. The Pacers meanwhile showed much more team cohesiveness, as well as the kind of 3-point shooting that the Thunder have not yet figured out.

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