After almost beating a Summer League Favorite in the Hornets on Friday night, Oklahoma City rebounded well, figuratively and literally, to a 90-76 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Day 2 of the Las Vegas Summer League.
It’s the first win in Vegas for the Thunder since they were the SuperSonics.
Hamidou Diallo scored 19 points in 21 minutes. His athleticism was on full display as Oklahoma City used a 30-13 second quarter explosion to really separated themselves from the Nets.
Summer League is about working on some of the fundamentals. You know, getting to the right spot. Attacking off the pick-n-roll and creating space for shooters in today’s NBA. Diallo was able to get to the corner and use his speed and athleticism to create space from his defender and really used all of the 21 game minutes to his advantage.
Oklahoma City used a 12-3 run towards the end of the first quarter through the second to give Oklahoma City the lead for good. They pushed the lead out to as many as 19 in the quarter before leading 50-32 at the break.
The lead would balloon even more in the third quarter as Oklahoma City took a 65-35 lead on a PJ Dozier lay up with 5:39 left in the third.
Dozier, despite not scoring a ton, was a real enforcer on the court. He was a game high plus-27. While individual game plus/minus can be misleading. One that high is often a precursor to how well he was able to impact the game, even if he didn’t do it on the scoreboard. Dozier, the second-year man out of South Carolina finished with eight points and five rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting.
The Nets would find a way to cut it to 12 points after Oklahoma City removed their starters and the Nets left theirs in. However, Oklahoma City did just enough not to blow a 30-point lead like they’re the Utah Jazz in the playoffs.
Deonte Burton, fresh off signing a two-way contract with the Thunder scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. The Thunder draft picks not named Diallo did their thing. Kevin Hervey struggled. He was 1-of-8 for only two points. He went 0-of-3 from deep. Devon Hall was better than Friday. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. However, he didn’t have a single rebound, block, assist, or turnover.
Daniel Hamilton finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his second summer league game. Rashawn Thomas finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. Dakari Johnson scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. He was plus-19 and had zero turnovers.
Then, there was Terrance Ferguson. Ferguson struggled shooting going 1-of-8. A couple of things to note: 1) Ferguson is the singular point for the offense. So, teams are keying off him. You’d like one game throughout the Summer League of you going “wow, this is nice.” So far, you’re not getting that. Ferguson had two points in 28 minutes. He was 0-of-6 from deep. He finished with two points and four rebounds. He’s 3-of-17 from the floor and 0-of-9 from deep. He’s only taken four free throw attempts over two games.
Oklahoma City is off on Sunday but they’ll return to the court on Monday against Toronto Raptors at 2:30 p.m. That game will be on NBATV. That’s the end of the preliminary games. Oklahoma City will play at least two tournament games. One in the winner’s bracket and then you get a consolation game. Those will be announced at a later time and date.
Highlights of the win
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