Grizzlies defeat Thunder in 2014 Summer League debut
By Bennett Hipp
After drafting Jordan Adams 22nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies touted his ability to score the basketball as one of the reasons they were very high on him.
Adams showcased some of that scoring ability during Memphis’ first Summer League game Saturday afternoon, tallying a game-high 22 points en-route to a 84-63 victory over Oklahoma City during the first day of Orlando Pro Summer League action.
The rookie out of UCLA connected on 5-of-12 shots from the field, including a 4-of-6 mark from behind the arc, as Memphis earned seven points in the standings during Saturday’s game by winning the game and three of the four individual quarters. Adams also went a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, grabbed four steals and tallied three assists and three rebounds.
With Memphis trailing 29-28 with 5:35 left in the first half, Adams keyed a 13-0 Grizzlies run by scoring eight of the 13 points to help give Memphis a 41-29 lead with just over two minutes left in the half. The Grizzlies led the rest of the way.
Entering the Orlando Pro Summer League, Grizzlies Summer League head coach Shawn Respert mentioned that he wanted his team to be strong defensively just like the NBA version of the Grizzlies.
His team successfully responded to the challenge, forcing 27 turnovers, grabbing 15 steals and holding the Thunder to just 63 points, the lowest point total among the ten teams in action Saturday.
In addition to Adams, Memphis was led by second round pick Jarnell Stokes (10 points, five rebounds) and 2013 second round pick Jamaal Franklin (10 points, five rebounds and five steals.)
Jarrid Famous and Kalin Lucas also reached double figures for the Grizzlies, while the Thunder were led by Perry Jones (15 points, six rebounds) and Jeremy Lamb (14 points, four rebounds).
The Grizzlies will be back in action Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT against the Detroit Pistons on NBATV and NBA.com. The Pistons topped Houston 95-89 Saturday afternoon.