2021 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League
Las Vegas Summer League: Chris Duarte carries Pacers over Thunder
Rookie scores a game-high 19 points to pace Indiana's offense while Keifer Sykes chips in 14.
Dan Bruno, RotoWire.com
Chris Duarte scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 95-61 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the MGM Resorts Summer League on Saturday at Thomas and Mack Center.
The contest got off to a slow start as the Pacers led 15-14 after one quarter. It picked up in the second, where the Pacers outscored the Thunder 17-6 through the final five minutes of the half to take an 11-point lead into the break. The Pacers carried the momentum into the third and pushed their lead up to 17 by the end of the period. The Thunder had no answers in the fourth as the Pacers poured in another 28 points to complete the 34-point blowout.
Keifer Sykes added 14 points and four assists, while Isaiah Jackson was the only other player to score in double digits for the Pacers, with 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Jaylen Hoard led the way for the Thunder with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting in 22 minutes. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl followed up with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Aaron Wiggins chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.
The Pacers play again Monday, facing the Washington Wizards. The Thunder also play Monday, facing the San Antonio Spurs.