Summer League Recap: Thunder 98, Nets 84
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By Dan Savage
July 7, 2014
ORLANDO -- After solid performances from Jeremy Lamb and first round pick Mitch McGary in the opening day of the 2014 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, the Thunder opted to give the duo the second day off.
The pair made the most of the brief reprieve.
Lamb erupted for 26 points and eight rebounds, while McGary notched 18 points and 13 rebounds as Oklahoma City (1-2) pulled past the Brooklyn Nets (1-2) for a 98-84 victory on Monday.
It remains an important summer for Lamb, who's looking to prove that he deserves an increase role in OKC.
“Jeremy is a great competitor, Jeremy is a winner,” said Thunder Summer League Head Coach Darko Rajakovic. “When his teams need him the most, he gives his best games. He proved that again tonight.”
McGary, who was instrumental in the University of Michigan’s 2013 NCAA Tournament finals run as a freshman, was once a projected lottery pick. However, his stock fell after injury-plagued sophomore season and a failed NCAA drug test.
Still Oklahoma City saw tremendous upside, versatility and athleticism in the No. 21 overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft and viewed him as a great fit for the future of their roster.
“Mitch played with a lot of energy and he brings a lot of tools to the table,” Rajakovic explained. “He did a lot of stuff that we like about his game.”
All five Thunder starters finished in double figures as Mario Little fired off 14 points, Marcus Lewis scored 13 and Nolan Smith added 11.
Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee continued to build on his strong summer league showing, notching 13 points and six rebounds.
DaJuan Summers posted 12 points and six rebounds, while Michael Jenkins scored 12. Marquis Teague also reached double digits, tallying 10 points.
Both Oklahoma City and Brooklyn have Tuesday off. The Thunder return to action on Wednesday when they face the Indiana Pacers at 3 p.m. ET, while the Nets take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 5 p.m.