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July 6, 2014

Thunder open summer league with loss

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Oklahoma City Thunder came into Saturday’s Orlando Pro Summer League opener with a team full of experienced NBA players, but that mattered very little to Jordan Adams and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Adams, the 22nd pick in last month’s NBA Draft, drilled four 3-pointers and scored 20 points as the Grizzlies routed the Thunder 84-63 at Orlando’s Amway Center.

Memphis (1-0) shot just 37 percent for the game, but it used a 33-16 edge in the second quarter to build a big lead that swelled to as much as 23 points in the second half. Incredibly, the Grizzlies were a plus-28 during Adams’ 24 minutes on the floor on Saturday. Afterward, the UCLA product was more proud of the defense that he played than his torrid 3-point shooting.

Center Steven Adams, a standout rookie this past season for the Thunder (0-1), played just 17 minutes because of a bruised shin. He had seven points and two rebounds for an OKC team that made 39.2 percent of its shots.

Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, reserves on the Thunder the past two seasons, had 15 and 14 points respectively on Saturday. Lamb missed eight of 12 shots and six of his seven tries from 3-point range.

Jarnell Stokes, the 35th pick of the NBA Draft following a successful stint at the University of Tennessee, scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and swatted two shots. He said he’s quickly fallen in love with Memphis’ system of pounding the ball inside to the big men to let them create for others.

Adams made three of his first four 3-point shots for 13 first-half points. For the game, he got to the free throw line eight times (all makes) and chipped in three rebounds and three assists to go with his four steals.

Earlier in the day, the Thunder announced the signing of top draft pick Mitch McGary. Terms of the deal were not released.

McGary played 22 minutes and scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds.

McGary was selected by Oklahoma City with the 21st overall selection during last month’s NBA Draft after spending two years at Michigan. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound McGary averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season after helping the Wolverines to the NCAA title game as a freshman.

The Thunder’s other first round pick, Josh Huestis out of Stanford saw nine minutes of action and had two points and two rebounds.

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