Jeremy Lamb scored 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds as the Oklahoma City used a big fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 98-84 to get their first summer league victory of the season.
The Thunder picked up five points in the standings, pushing them from ninth to fifth. It’s a long shot but the Thunder still have an outside shot of winning a spot in the championship game, they’ll need a lot of help, but there is potential to get into there. They’ll have to sweep all seven points on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City and Brooklyn played a close game throughout a majority of the game, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the Thunder put the Nets out to pasture. Lamb and Mitch McGary were a deadly combination for the Thunder, combining for 44 points and 21 rebounds. Tulsa 66er Mario Little, who finished with 18 in the previous game, hit three Thunder Money Balls to help push the Thunder to a big fourth quarter.
A 21-6 run for the Thunder over the span of 6:44. It turned the game from a 1-point deficit into a dominating Thunder advantage. It was the type of thing we became used to seeing throughout the season, but led by Kevin Durant. Oklahoma City found a rhythm, and will look to continue into their final game.
Some thoughts on performances, good and bad:
- McGary continues to show why Oklahoma City drafted him, scoring 18 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. He threw down a nice sky hook for a solid offensive game. He even had a block shot and a couple of steals for the rookie. It’ll be nice to see him continue this into the final game with Steven Adams returning from rest.
- Little’s 3-point assault is something Oklahoma City has missed. It’s nice, but inconsistent. I would like to see it come a little bit more in rhythm and not forcing as he does sometimes. There will be some falling back behind Semaj Christon when he returns. We could see that happen in Tulsa as well. Oklahoma City is benefiting from Little’s deep threat, through.
- Marcus Lewis had 13 points in the opening quarter and barely touched the ball after that. He was scoring at will, but couldn’t adjust to the Nets adjustments.
Oklahoma City has Tuesday off. They’ll play the Indiana Pacers at 2 p.m. CST on Wednesday.