After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Thunder stormed back to take a 79-78 win over Orlando in the second day of summer league play Monday.
Oklahoma City was outscored in each of the first three quarters but outscored Orlando 31-21 in the final period, earning the Thunder four points for its performance. Under the summer league's new scoring system, teams are awarded one point for each quarter they win and three points for winning a game.
The Thunder now has nine points through two games, good for first place. The two teams with the most points going into Friday will play in the championship game.
Jeremy Lamb hit the game-winning jumper with six seconds remaining to lift the Thunder to victory. He then recovered a loose ball on Orlando's ensuing inbounds play after Andre Roberson poked it away.
Oklahoma City overcame 19 turnovers and a combined 6-for-23 shooting night by Lamb and Reggie Jackson. That duo also combined for 11 of the Thunder's turnovers, seven coming from Jackson, who appeared in his first game this week. Lamb went 4-for-16 from the field and 1-for-9 on 3-pointers.
“We knew coming into this that there was going to be ups and downs within the week,” said Thunder coach Rex Kalamian. “We just have to really maintain what we're doing, stay steady and keep improving.”
PLEISS JOINS THUNDER THIS WEEK
Tibor Pleiss, a 2010 second-round pick whose draft rights the Thunder owns, traveled from Germany to Orlando to be with the team this week.
Pleiss, a 7-foot-1 center, has played overseas since being selected 32nd overall by the then-New Jersey Nets before immediately being acquired by the Thunder.
He will not participate in summer league this week. He merely traveled to Orlando to be around the team and go through a few workouts.