Thunder Beat Knicks, Start 2-0 in Summer League

The Thunder continued play in the Orlando Pro Summer League on Monday, and put on an impressive performance in a 99-87 win over the New York Knicks.

The story of the day was Josh Huestis, who bounced back from 3/14 shooting on Saturday to score 26 points, putting on a shooting display that included four triples and three or four thunderous dunks. During a stretch in the 3rd quarter, he applied his signature on-ball defense and created a steal on one end, then threw down a huge dunk in semi-transition on the other.

Markel Brown also looked solid, scoring 20 points and hitting multiple threes. The real question for him is whether he’s even being evaluated in the unofficial point guard showdown, since he’s played most of his time in Orlando off the ball. Semaj Christon, his main competition, was more erratic en route to recording 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

With the floor spread, Dakari Johnson was able to operate however he wanted on the block. With all due respect to Luke Kornet and Marshall Plumlee, the Knicks had no answer for Johnson, and he bullied his way to layup after layup — finishing with 21 points and 7 boards. He once again showed drastically improved ball handling, though he still has black hole tendencies with the ball in his hands.

Unfortunately, game one hero Daniel Hamilton put on another disappointing performance. His offensive game has been limited to spot up shots and driving with his head down to his right side, more often than not running into his defender and trying to make a play while in the air. Unless he shows a more diverse game in the team’s final three contests, he won’t be expecting a promotion to the NBA.

It was an impressive performance overall for the Thunder, who are in action again Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT against the Charlotte Hornets. Below is today’s official box score, via the NBA.

 

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