The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 101-100 on the last day of Orlando Summer League. The Thunder and Clippers were playing in the 5th seed vs 6th seed game. Oklahoma City was led by a breathtaking second half performance by Semaj Christon. The second year point guard scored all 23 of his points in the second half, including the game winning free throw in sudden death OT. Christon was not alone in his prolific scoring. Rookie Quinn Cook poured in 22 points and 9 assists while carrying OKC for much of the first half.
The Clippers led for much of the game, even taking an 11 point lead halfway through the third quarter. Much of LA's offense was ran through summer league veteran Jordan Hamilton, who had 29 points. A ongoing story all week for the Clippers has been the performance of undrafted rookie Yanick Moreira. You may remember Moreira from his game losing goaltending call against UCLA in this year's NCAA Tournament. Back to the present, Moreira poured in 21 points against OKC to cap off a great week that may have earned him a training camp spot.
OKC finally caught back up to the Clippers about halfway through the 4th quarter, after cutting the lead down to 2 several times. The game featured 14 ties and 21 lead changes. Probably about 12 of those lead changes occurred in the last 7 minutes.
Oklahoma City thought they lost the game in regulation after a Christon turnover led to a made halfcourt shot by Geron Johnson. The shot was reviewed and Johnson didn't get it off in time.
After a first overtime ended in the teams being knotted up, they went to a sudden death overtime. Semaj Christon drove and got fouled on the second possession of the period, and made the free throw to win the game.
The Thunder will finish fifth in the league after it's all said and done.