Day three of the Orlando Pro Summer League in the books and today’s games were more intense than previous days. The story of the day would have to be that of Oklahoma City Thunders’ Reggie Jackson setting a Orlando Pro Summer League record with 35 points as he scored 23 of them in the fourth period to lead the Thunder over the Pistons 79 to 75 to move to 3-0.
For Detroit, first round pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope fired off 14 of his 19 points in the second half. After struggling from the floor in his first two summer league contests, Caldwell-Pope went an efficient 6-for-13 from the floor, while flashing the takeover ability that made him the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Here is a run down from the rest of the games from today:
Indiana Pacers 74, Boston Celtics 76
Kelly Olynyk showcased his array of post moves, polished all-around offensive arsenal and willingness to bang inside. In his first three games he has proven to be the type of player you will see day in and day out. This is his third straight day that he has put up good numbers for the Celtics.
His 21 points and nine rebounds together with a pair of go-ahead free throws by Phil Pressey with 10.8 seconds left catapulted the Boston Celtics to a thrilling 76-74 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Tony Mitchell, all energy, played another solid game as well. He contributed 15 points who outscored the Pacers by 16 in a one-sided second quarter.
For the Pacers, first round draft pick Solomon Hill continued his strong play as well. He posted a team-high 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field while grabbing four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the process.
Utah Jazz 71, Houston Rockets 85
The Houston Rockets had five players reach double figures in their win against the Utah Jazz which pushed them to 2-0 in the league. Patrick Beverly and James Anderson paced the Rockets with 11 points each. For the Jazz, they were led by Alec Burks who finished with a game high 18 points. He went 5-of-15 from the field, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.
Trey Burke added 11 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. His adjustment to the pro game looks like it will be taking a longer than many may have hoped. Just a year ago he was leading the Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four so making this leap to the NBA has always said to be difficult for a young player.
Miami Heat 94, Orlando Magic 80
James Ennis had his best game of the summer league as he paced the Heat with 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed six rebounds during a game that was full of alot of hustle and entertainment. Jarvis Varnado and Ian Clark pitched in with 16 and 15 respectively.
Victor Oladipo continued to impress those in attendance during the games as he finished with a game high 22 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. What is an eye popping stat is he went to the line 14 times today and hit 12. During the three day summer league, he has been to the line 30 times. This goes to show that he attacks the rim and is not afraid to do so.
Day four kicks off Wednesday morning with just three games on the schedule. The day begins at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.