OKC Thunder comeback not enough in Summer League finale

Ousmane Dieng #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
Ousmane Dieng #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images) /

The OKC Thunder trailed most of the game, but a fourth-quarter rally put them in position to steal the win. The Oklahoma City Thunder could not finish it and lost their final Summer League game against the San Antonio Spurs 98-94.

With just under three minutes left and the game tied at 91, the OKC Thunder gave up two of the Spurs’ xx offensive rebounds. On the third shot attempt of the possession, Javante McCoy drilled a 3-pointer to give San Antonio the lead. The Thunder never recovered.

OKC Thunder stumbles in NBA Summer League Finale as the Thunder wrap up Vegas play.

The Thunder defense had issues covering the Spurs for most of the game but held them to just eight points in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. That defense allowed OKC to get back in the game, but a 10-0 Spurs run immediately after put the game away.

Jared Butler had another strong showing on Sunday to boost his chances of getting picked up next season. After spending his time in the first half looking to get his teammates involved, Butler took over the game with his scoring.

Butler scored 15 of his 31 points in the third quarter to help OKC keep it close entering the fourth. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Butler hit some big shots to take the lead to cap off his dominant performance.

2022 lottery pick Ousmane Dieng struggled to score the ball against the Spurs, finishing with eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. However, Dieng played well defensively and led the Thunder in assists with six.

Once again, the OKC Thunder took nearly half of its total shot attempts from deep. Against the Spurs, the Thunder struggled from that range, shooting 11-of-35. Butler led the team with five makes, followed by rookie Cason Wallace with three.

Wallace also continued to give Thunder fans a taste of his defensive prowess. He finished with three steals and a block to anchor OKC’s defense.

TyTy Washington got the start for the final summer league game and continued to show his value. Washington pushed the pace to get the Thunder easy opportunities in transition. He finished with eight points and five rebounds.

The OKC Thunder wrap up Vegas Summer League with a 2-3 record. The Thunder won’t take the floor until the preseason.

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