OKC Thunder wins Summer League Championship

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 12, 2013
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The Thunder enjoyed an undefeated week at the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League, capping this year's appearance with an 85-77 win over Houston in the inaugural championship game on Friday afternoon.

Oklahoma City finished 5-0 and received black baseball caps before leaving the court for the final time to commemorate the team as this year's summer league champion.

“What we wanted to do throughout the week was get stronger and better each day … and I think that we did that throughout the week,” said Thunder coach Rex Kalamian. “We got a little bit better individually and as a team. We continued to learn and we got better and, consequently, we went 5-0 on the week. I'm real proud of these guys and their effort throughout the week.”

Jeremy Lamb scored a team-high 18 points to lead the Thunder. Daniel Orton, playing his first game since sustaining a mild concussion Monday, added 12 points. Rookie center Steven Adams scored 10 points with nine rebounds for the Thunder, while fellow rookie Andre Roberson chipped in seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Oklahoma City led by as many as 20 points against the Rockets and never trailed in the second half.

The Thunder took a 76-56 lead with seven minutes remaining but was threatened when the Rockets pulled within three behind a 19-2 run over the next 5 1/2 minutes. Houston, however, never got closer. Thunder summer league point guard Tony Taylor (11 points) made six of seven free throws in the final 90 seconds to close it out.

Indiana finished in third place after a 73-70 win over Utah.

LAMB, JACKSON EARN ALL-SUMMER LEAGUE HONORS

Lamb was named to the Orlando Pro Summer League First Team for his performance this week. He averaged 18.8 points, four rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in four games.

Reggie Jackson earned Second Team honors. In two games, Jackson averaged 19.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He scored a single-game Orlando Pro Summer League record 35 points Tuesday against Detroit.

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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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