07/08/10 9:33 am EST
The Thunder built a big lead in the first half, then held on late and in the end handed the 76ers their first loss of the week (89-80). The Thunder took advantage of their opportunities from the charity stripe, especially in the first half when they knocked down 20 free throws to the 76ers seven.
The game got off to a slow start as five minutes into the game each team had only scored six points. Giving the Thunder a huge lift in the 1stquarter was Latavious Williams. Williams finished with seven points and a blocked shot in the first quarter, en route to a ten point, five rebound, three blocked shot performance for the Thunder. Williams, who was the first NBA Development League player to be drafted out of high school, impressed many in Orlando with the energy he brings off the bench. The Texas native has a real chance to make a NBA roster, with his athleticism (as you can see by the dunk he threw down last night), ability to fill the stat sheet and affect games in so many areas.
Evan Turner continued to struggle for the 76ers. The second overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft was held scoreless in the first half and only finished with four points. The former Ohio State Buckeye did have an impact on the game in other areas, hauling in eight rebounds and handing out two assists. Through three games in the OPSL, Turner is averaging a mere 9.7 points a game while shooting 35 percent from the field (8 of 23). Before Phillaunkia nation starts freaking out over Turner’s slow start, head coach Doug Collins tells fans to be patient with the rookie.