Friday, July 10, 2015

Recap: Thunder 101, Clippers 100 (2 OT)

It may have been an 8 a.m. start on the final day of the 2015 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, but that early time didn't prevent the Clippers and Thunder from delivering the best offensive output of the week and a fantastic finish.
Los Angeles and Oklahoma City combined for 201 points and it took a sudden death double overtime to determine a winner.
Semaj Christon buried a game-winning free throw to lift the Thunder, 101-100. He finished with 23 points as OKC claimed fifth place in the tournament.
The final moments of regulation went back and forth, culminating in a near half-court heave from L.A.'s Geron Johnson that went in at the buzzer. However, it was ruled that the shot was still on his fingertips when the clock struck zero.
It was just as frenetic in overtime. Yanick Moreira connected on a game-tying layup with 4.2 seconds remaining to force sudden death.
Jordan Hamilton, who had been struggling all week, recorded a 2015 Orlando Summer League-best 29 points for the Clippers. However, his baseline fadeaway shot in the sudden death double OT rimmed off before Christon was fouled on the other end.
Quinn Cook posted 22 points and nine assists for OKC, which dished out 23 dimes as a team and outrebounded L.A., 34-28.
Moreira tallied 21 points for the Clippers, while Diante Garrett scored 16 and C.J. Wilcox had 14. Branden Dawson, the Clippers' 2015 second round draft selection, sat out and Nate Wolters, who played last season with the Bucks and Pelicans, missed his second straight game with a fractured finger.
The Thunder's Levi Randolph contributed 17 points and James Southerland posted 15 points.
This was the second game this week that went to a sudden death double overtime. The Magic (Blue) and Grizzlies game was also decided that way.

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