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Thunder notebook: Byron Mullens impresses in win over Philadelphia

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, Modified: July 8, 2010 at 4:41 am •  Published: July 7, 2010

Mullens impresses again in win over Philadelphia

Byron Mullens continues turning heads in Orlando.

The Thunder's second-year center scored 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting to go with six rebounds in Wednesday's 89-80 win over Philadelphia. In the Thunder's opening summer league game against Boston, Mullens scored 24 points on 6-for-12 shooting while pulling down seven rebounds. Although he scored only 12 points on 2-for-12 shooting Tuesday vs. Charlotte, Mullens maintained his aggressiveness. He got to the free throw line 12 times and blocked two shots.

"He went down to the D-League (last) year and took advantage of his opportunities to improve," said Thunder summer league coach Brian Keefe. "And then coming back in the summer league, he's added some strength, he's given us some defensive presence and I think you guys have seen his ability to run the court...I think he's showing some growth, which is great. We've really been pleased with Byron."

James Harden scored a team-high 21 points while hounding No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner. Harden struggled with his shot, going 3-for-10 but got to the free throw line 18 times.

Maynor sustains thumb injury

Point guard Eric Maynor sprained his right thumb in the fourth quarter Wednesday, forcing him to leave the game after colliding with a Sixers player under the rim while playing defense. Maynor is listed as day-to-day, but it's unlikely he'll play today or in Friday's finale.

On his Twitter account about three hours after the Thunder's game, Maynor announced that X-rays were negative and didn't reveal any breaks.

Maynor had been one of the most consistent players in Orlando this week before his injury. He scored 10 points with five assists in 23 minutes Wednesday.

Cook arrives in Orlando

Recently acquired guard Daequan Cook attended Wednesday's game against the Sixers, sitting on the bench in street clothes to support his new teammates. Cook, the sharp-shooter OKC got from Miami the day before the draft, said he sees himself fitting in well with the Thunder.

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