2013 Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League: Thunder Earn First Ever Summer League Title
By Josh Cohen
July 12, 2013
ORLANDO -- It’s been an impressive week for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
First, Reggie Jackson tallied an Orlando Pro Summer League record 35 points. A day later, Jeremy Lamb posted 32 points. He had also buried a game-winning jumper earlier in the tournament.
And finally, the Thunder became the first ever champions in Orlando’s annual summer league with Friday’s 85-77 victory over the Houston Rockets.
With Jackson resting for the second straight game, Lamb carried much of the offensive load. Drafted by the Rockets with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft before getting traded to OKC as part of the James Harden deal, the 6’5 guard recorded 18 points in the finale.
"I think everybody approached it to show off their skills," Lamb said. "I'm just going to keep working."
Daniel Orton registered 12 points off the bench, while Steven Adams had 10 points and nine rebounds. Andre Roberson, one of five former First Round picks playing for the Thunder’s Summer League squad, grabbed 11 boards. Tony Taylor added 11 points, including seven critical free throws in the final 1:21.
The Rockets opted not to play Terrence Jones, Greg Smith or Patrick Beverley, three youngsters who all suited up in Houston during its playoff campaign last season. Undrafted rookie Robert Covington paced the Rockets with 21 points, while B.J. Young scored 20.
OKC and Houston had both been undefeated heading into Friday’s showdown. It also was a Summer League style rematch of last season’s First Round playoff series, which featured the Thunder eliminate the Rockets in six games.