Tuesday, November 27
The Tulsa 66ers are off to a 2-0 start in NBA Development League play after a pair of opening-weekend wins over the Texas Legends. Tulsa took down Texas 83-76 in Friday night's opener behind a triple-double from Oklahoma City Thunder assignment DeAndre Liggins.
The Sixers had to fight back in order to gain win number two on Sunday. Daniel Orton scored 24 points and collected 12 boards in the 91-89 win while Andy Rautins and Brady Morningstar combined for 19 fourth-quarter points.
The team had an off day on Monday before getting back at it on Tuesday in preparation for Friday night's game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Tulsa66ers.com caught up with 66ers Head Coach Darko Rajakovic on Tuesday to talk about his first win in the NBA D-League along with the contrast of this past weekend's two games.
Orton also spoke after practice, touching on his opening weekend performance and how the NBA D-League will help him improve while still working in the Thunder system.
Tulsa Center Daniel Orton
On being assigned to Tulsa and playing on opening weekend...
“Opening weekend is just a big factor. It was huge for me and [fellow OKC assignment] DeAndre [Liggins] to come down here and finally get a chance to play and get a feel for the game a lot. We’ve been sitting on the sideline [in Oklahoma City], I haven’t even been dressing up. To finally get in uniform and suit up is a big deal. The fact that these guys have been unselfish teammates has helped a lot too. We just had great team chemistry, great coaching - Darko [Rajakovic] and Ty [Ellis] – they just kind of get us all together and get us riled up and beat a great team in the Texas Legends."