The Thunder got down by as many as 24-points in Sunday morning’s scrimmage against the Philadelphia 76ers — but used one of their trademark comebacks to come away with a 102-97 victory. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists — but once again, it was Andre Roberson who stole the show as he hit two three-pointers in the final minute to put OKC in front for good.
SGA: 16 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast
Lu Dort: 13 pts, 2/4 3P
Darius Bazley: 13 pts, 7 reb
Steven Adams: 11 pts, 9 reb
Mike Muscala: 9 pts, 2/4 3P
Dre: 6 pts, 2/2 3P
DRE DAY Part 2
There’s not much I can say about Roberson other than he’s back, he looks good, and he apparently used the 2.5 years away to quietly morph into Steph Curry. OKC loses this game if Dre doesn’t knock down two monster three-balls in the final minute… which is a wild sentence to type.
Dre’s first three to put OKC up one with 50 seconds to play:
Because that wasn’t enough, he followed it up with another to put OKC up four and effectively end the game:
Unbelievable, right? I’ve never seen that man act this way IN MY LIFE.
In total, Roberson saw 15 minutes of action and wrapped up his day with 6 points on 2-of-2 shooting from deep, 6 rebounds, an assist, and a block. He was a team-high +29 on the afternoon and might be the best player in the league. Idk.
Philadelphia’s starters shot lights out against the Thunder — hitting 10-of-23 from downtown in the first half to take a 55-44 lead into the halftime break. They extended their lead to 24 in the third quarter before Brett Brown turned to his reserves for the rest of the way. That details feels pretty important to mention.
Anyway, Bazley got it going against Philly’s backups — knocking down back-to-back three pointers and starting the charge. OKC clawed back within 11 with one quarter to go.
The Thunder outscored the Sixers 32-16 in the final 12 minutes to steal the scrimmage — an effort led by Mike Muscala’s 9 points in the quarter and completed by Dre’s heroics from long range. Philly shot just 22.2% and went 2-of-14 from deep in the fourth. OKC shot 45.5% and went 5-of-13 from three to cap the comeback.
Shai Butter: 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting for SGA, including just 1-of-5 from long range. He led the team in scoring but will likely enjoy more efficient days from the field. It’s fine, really. Scrimmages don’t count.
LU-FOR-3: Dort shot the long-ball with confidence in this one, knocking down 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Both of those came in a first half where the Thunder shot 3-of-15 from three as a team, so his success was particularly noticeable. Love seeing him fire with no hesitation.
Big Kiwi: It wasn’t Friday’s Shaq-like effort but Adams was fine — dropping 11 points and 9 rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting. Joel Embiid didn’t play due to calf soreness so Big Kiwi avoided that smoke for today.
SHHH: Another quiet day for Chris Paul (5 points), Danilo Gallinari (5 points), and Dennis Schroder (8 points). Again — this is fine! Scrimmages, am I right?!
HAMI: It looks like Hamidou Diallo being ahead of Terrance Ferguson in the rotation might be a thing. For the second straight scrimmage, Hami was the first 2-guard off the bench for Billy Donovan. He scored 8 points on 3-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes. Ferg was held scoreless but contributed two steals in just under nine minutes of run.
Baz: Darius Bazley looked like the guy Thunder fans hope he’ll be — dropping 13 points, 7 rebounds, a steal, and a block. He continued running the floor well and was part of the monster comeback effort to beat Philly. He wrapped up his day as a +19 in nearly 27 minutes.
Next Up: Scrimmage seasons concludes on Tuesday at 5PM CT against the Portland Trailblazers. That game will be available on Fox Sports Oklahoma.