Oklahoma City finished 3-2 in summer league play after notching an 89-75 win over Utah on Friday morning.
The Thunder outscored the Jazz 50-28 in the second half to close out its weeklong schedule in impressive fashion.
Lazar Hayward again led the Thunder in scoring with 15 points. Reggie Jackson scored 14 points, and Latavious Williams had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“I think everybody, from one to 12, just gave it their all,” said Thunder summer league coach Mark Bryant. “These guys played hard all week. We had misfortune the first two games, but I think we were just getting used to one another. Once we got cohesiveness, the guys really started playing. They got comfortable with one another and they just gave flat-out effort. They've been giving flat out effort for two weeks straight. They really got to show it on the court out here in Orlando.”
JACKSON POSTERIZES JAZZ FORWARD
The most impressive performer for the Thunder this week in Orlando was by far Jackson, the second-year point guard out of Boston College.
Jackson was a wizard in the pick-and-roll and had his way with opposing point guards throughout the week. But it was Jackson's jaw-dropping athleticism that really wowed the crowd in Orlando.
Jackson had several aggressive drives to the basket and finished a handful of plays with rim-rattling dunks. He saved his best for last in Friday's finale against the Jazz when he drove down the middle of the lane midway through the third quarter and posterized Jazz forward Jeremy Evans with a one-handed flush right over Evans.
It immediately became YouTube worthy.
“Reggie started getting better and better as the week was going on,” Bryant said. “As you saw, he got that explosive dunk. That's what he's capable of doing.”
Bryant said this week in Orlando should help build Jackson's confidence.
ALDRICH MISSES CAMP FOR SUMMER LEAGUE
Because of his obligations to the Thunder this week in Orlando, center Cole Aldrich was forced to miss his own basketball camp in Olathe, Kansas.
Aldrich's camp was scheduled for Monday through Thursday, but the Orlando Pro Summer League overlapped and ran from Monday through Friday.
The camp hosted more than 100 kids, from kindergartners to eighth graders.
“He gave us the heads-up that he wasn't gonna be here, and that's just how it works,” former Kansas player Mark Randall told kusports.com earlier this week. “If they say you're gonna be in camp, you're gonna be in camp. He's not playing a ton with Oklahoma City, and he has to be able to show them that he's worth investing in. And if it doesn't work out in Oklahoma City, he's gotta show someone else that he can play. So it's a necessity for him. It's horrible timing. But he could never have known this was gonna happen.”
WILLIAMS WORKING THE GLASS
Williams was up and down in Orlando, but his rebounding rate rarely wavered.
The second-round pick in 2010 finished with a team-high 27 rebounds, with 18 of them coming on the offensive end.
“He's definitely a rebounder,” Bryant said. “He just has to keep working on his intensity every single minute he's on the floor. He definitely has an NBA skill.”
By playing in just four of the Thunder's five games, Williams ended up averaging 6.8 rebounds to go with 6.8 points. He averaged 4.5 offensive rebounds.
“He has a good nose for the ball, and he knows his strengths and he plays hard to it,” Bryant said. “He's given himself a chance, the way he played in this summer league.”
BY THE NUMBERS
3: Wins in five games for the Thunder in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
12: Scoring average for Thunder rookie forward Perry Jones III in Orlando
15.3: Scoring average for Thunder guard Jackson.
15.8: Scoring average for Thunder forward Hayward, who lead OKC in scoring.
18: Total offensive rebounds by Williams, a team-leading total.
37: Average minutes played by Hayward, the highest average of any Thunder player.
52: Assists by the Thunder.
65: Fewest points scored by OKC.
73: Turnovers by the Thunder.
80: Percent free-throw shooting by the Thunder.
89: Most points scored by OKC.
134: Minutes played by Garrett Temple, the most total minutes of any Thunder player.