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.
Lamb was joined on the First Team by Detroit center Andre Drummond, Houston forward Terrence Jones, Boston forward Kelly Olynyk and Orlando guard Victor Oladipo.
Brooklyn guard Tyshawn Taylor, Indiana forwards Miles Plumlee and Solomon Hill and Miami guard Ian Clark rounded out the Second Team.
BUYCKS TO TORONTO
Thunder summer league point guard Dwight Buycks turned heads for the second straight summer while playing for Oklahoma City.
But rather than pursue the third-string point guard job in Oklahoma City, Buycks has accepted an offer to join the Toronto Raptors.
Buycks, 24, averaged 9.5 points and a team-leading six assists in four games with the Thunder's summer league team.
The Thunder had helped groom Buycks since 2011, when he was selected in the second round of the NBA D-League Draft by the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers. Buycks spent the 2011-12 season with the 66ers, averaging 15.1 points while backing up Jerome Dyson. In the 2012 Orlando summer league, Buycks averaged 8.6 points and 1.6 assists while playing with the Thunder.
LAMB DOWNPLAYS NEW LOOK
Lamb arrived in Orlando with orange-ish hair, a look he seemed unwilling to explain truthfully.
“I was in the sun too long and, um, it changed on me, man,” Lamb said when first asked about his dyed do.
The next day, Lamb started his interview with a statement, attempting to squash any forthcoming questions about his hair.
“My hair is not this light,” he said. “It's the lighting. Just so y'all know.”
For now, it doesn't sound like Lamb will bring the new look into the regular season.
“It'll be back to normal soon,” Lamb said.
The Thunder on Friday signed first-round draft picks Adams and Roberson. … Grant Jerrett, the 40th overall pick, finished the week 10-for-20 on 3-pointers. … Roberson led the team in rebounding with eight per game. He had 32 in four games, 11 coming on the offensive end. … Lamb made 19 of 21 free throws in four games. Adams made 12 of 18 foul shots in four games. … Jerrett and Buckys earned Honorable Mention for their performances this week.