Mullens shines in winByron 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.”
WESTBROOK CANS 3-POINTERAfter missing his first six 3-pointers through the first three games, Russell Westbrook knocked one down. Westbrook drained his only attempt from the left wing vs. the Nets/76ers split squad to ignite a 12-2 run that broke the game wide open. Following the 3-pointer, which came on a pass from rookie James Harden, Westbrook left his hand up in celebration, then thanked Harden for getting him the look.
ODDS AND ENDS→Thunder veterans D.J. White and Shaun Livingston were held out of Thursday’s game to rest. Livingston sat with an ice pack on his left knee, which was just precautionary. ... →Westbrook had some fun with the challenge of facing fellow UCLA product Jrue Holiday. Westbrook got some bragging rights with a nasty block at the rim on one of the rookie’s drives. Once off the floor, Westbrook huddled with Holiday, providing encouragement. ...