Oklahoma City Thunder loses its final Orlando summer league game

TONY MEJIA, Special Correspondent Modified: July 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm •  Published: July 10, 2009
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MAITLAND, Fla. — The Utah Jazz handed Oklahoma City its second setback in the final day of action at the Orlando Pro Summer League, pulling away in the final minute to secure a 70-60 victory.


Both teams ended the event at 3-2.

The Thunder operated without starting point guard Russell Westbrook, who, like DeVon Hardin and Kyle Weaver, sat out the final day. Shaun Livingston and James Harden wound up sharing playmaking responsibilities, combining for 26 points and five assists as the starting backcourt, while power forward D.J. White led the way with 17.

Westbrook's absence affected Oklahoma City's ability to get clean looks like they had gotten throughout the week, resulting in a week-worst 37.9 percent shooting clip, which included a 2-for-12 effort from 3-point range.

Utah's 9-for-18 effort from beyond the arc made the difference in the game, as a big third quarter erased Oklahoma City's 30-29 halftime advantage. The Thunder clawed back within 64-60 in the final 1:10, but Eric Maynor hit 1-of-2 free throws and was fortunate to have his miss rebounded, which wound up turning into a game-clinching 3-pointer from Andre Ingram.



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