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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Recap: Clippers 80, Thunder 63
The Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League offers young players the opportunity to make an impression on their respective squads.
The Clippers' Branden Dawson is doing his best to make the most of that chance.
Dawson continued to build on an extremely impressive summer league by posting 14 points and 11 rebounds in Los Angeles' 80-63 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
He also came away with four steals on a night where the Clippers forced the Thunder into 21 turnovers, which in turn led to 23 Los Angeles points.
"Branden's been a big surprise," Clippers swingman C.J. Wilcox said. "He's doing everything we need him to do."
The No. 56 overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers as he continues to make a positive impression on their staff and their players.
"I think he's been great," Wilcox added. "He came in here ready to go and he's playing hard and that's what we wanted him to do."
Wilcox did his own share of damage, firing off a game-high 22 points as he makes his case for more minutes and a more permanent place in Los Angeles' lineup next season.
"I'm just trying to stay aggressive," he explained. "And continuing to work on defense, because that's the biggest thing (Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers) looks for."
Nate Wolters, who has eclipsed double-digits in each of the Clippers' three summer league contests, added 12 points and five assists.
Oklahoma City's own second round selection Dakari Johnson put together another solid performance tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"I really like the effort he is bringing," Thunder Summer League coach Darko Rajakovic said. "He is doing a great job with his physicality."
The big man out of the University of Kentucky is just trying to prove to his team that he was worthy of the No. 48 overall selection in this year's draft by working extremely hard.
"I'm always trying to go for the offensive rebound," Johnson explained. "I'm an energized player, I like to crash the boards hard."
The Clippers (1-2) return to action on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET against the Heat, while the Thunder (2-1) have the day off before facing the Grizzlies on Thursday at 5 p.m.
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