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OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder wraps up summer league with win over Utah Jazz

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.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 13, 2012
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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.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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