Thunder notebook: Byron Mullens shines in win

TONY MEJIA, Special Correspondent Published: July 10, 2009
Mullens shines in win
Byron Mullens slowed down on Thursday and showed the potential that had many scouts projecting him as a Top 5 NBA Draft choice before his freshman season at Ohio State.

Working predominantly against Philadelphia’s Marreese Speights, a part of the team’s recent playoff rotation, Mullens shot 9-for-12 from the field and finished with 18 points and five rebounds in an 83-62 victory over the Nets/76ers split squad. He finished on three alley-oops and drained several long jumpers, including a 22-footer.

It could be a good sign that on the fourth day of Orlando Summer League play, Mullens felt his body was no worse for the wear and his mind was much better off.

"The last few nights, I’ve been having some bad games, and I just went back to the hotel and sat down and prayed about it,” Mullens said. "I knew I was struggling, and my shot wasn’t falling, but today I started the game off right. I hit like a 10-foot shot, and I wasn’t rushing.”

After missing his first six 3-pointers through the first three games, Russell Westbrook knocked one down.

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