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Orlando Summer League 2014: Day 3 Scores, Stats and Highlights

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Orlando Summer League 2014: Day 3 Scores, Stats and Highlights
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Even LeBron James and his looming free-agency decision cannot overshadow the stellar action going down in Orlando.

The Orlando Summer League, an annual gathering of various organizations, is a rather serious event that offers high-quality action on the court in each contest. The focus is more on the individuals with so many players hoping their performances can earn them a spot in the league, which makes the intensity palpable.

Of course, the team aspect is still there and is especially intriguing for fans of those franchises with new faces, such as high-profile rookies suiting up for the first time as pros.

Monday offered up a minimum of three title contenders and two intriguing rebuilding franchises to boot. Let's look at how it all went down.

 

Orlando Summer League Day 3 Results

Matchup Final Score Leading Scorer
Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics IND 96, BOS 77 Willie Reed, 18
Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic ORL 87, HOU 69 Nick Johnson, 13
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets OKC 98, BKN 84 Jeremy Lamb, 26

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Note: Results will be updated following the completion of games.

 

Pacers Bounce Back to Upend Celtics, 96-77

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For all of one quarter, it appeared that the new-look Boston Celtics were on their way to a blowout victory, while the Indiana Pacers were set to lose their second game of the summer by a wide margin.

Then Willie Reed took over.

Reed, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and four blocks, led the Pacers back from a 30-14 first-quarter deficit. Indiana actually entered the locker room at halftime with a seven-point lead, hitting on an 18-1 run before the break.

Emily Austen of NBA.com summed up the dire situation perfectly:

Indiana would hold the lead, with a notable effort from 26-year old journeyman Donald Sloan. Entering the game fresh off a 21-point performance on Saturday, the Texas A&M product posted 14 more points, with a sick highlight to boot:

In the end, the Pacers won the battle on the glass 43-34, shot an impressive 48.4 percent from the field and took an eye-popping 45 attempts from the charity stripe.

That said, it was not all bad for the Celtics. Edwin Jackson posted an impressive 14 points in just 17 minutes on the court, Phil Pressey showed he's developing at a sound pace with 13 of his own and Kelly Olynyk continued to look dominant beneath the rim with 15 points and six boards.

The highlight, though, was No. 6 overall pick Marcus Smart, who had recorded 10 points in his pro debut. Monday, the Oklahoma State product looked even more comfortable, scoring 11 points, dishing four assists and grabbing three rebounds.

His stellar coast-to-coast play was the cherry on top:

Smart also shined in the leadership department after the fact, as the Celtics' Twitter account captured:

Technically a loss, the Celtics gained a lot of ground on Monday, as did the Pacers.

The full game stats can be found at NBA.com.

 

Young Magic Pass the Eye Test

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To say the Orlando Magic are as advertised would be an understatement.

Already known as a bit of a defensive stalwart, the team added Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton to the mix, which did nothing but reinforce the team's apparent philosophy.

It was in full effect on Monday against Houston—right away.

There was a point in the first half where the Magic were shooting better than 62 percent from the field, while the Rockets were shooting worse than 27 percent.

It was a divide that wound up lasting, as Orlando shot almost 50 percent from the field, while Houston floundered by shooting 32.4 percent and tallying a 5-of-26 mark from deep. John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com listed the focal points of the contest:

The lone bright spot for Houston was second-round rookie out of Arizona Nick Johnson, who has been on a roll to start the summer. He posted 13 points on a 3-of-12 effort to go with five rebounds and two assists.

But in the lopsided affair, all eyes were on Orlando's rookies. Gordon was able to take a steal the distance early in the contest, showing full and well his highly vaunted athleticism:

Meanwhile, Payton continued to produce Rajon Rondo comparisons through his variety of highlight-worthy plays:

The future is obviously bright for both franchises, but Monday belonged to the Magic as key building blocks for the future got another dose of professional action.

The full game stats can be found at NBA.com.

 

Thunder Throttle Nets

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Kevin Durant and crew may not have been on the court, but the Oklahoma City Thunder still picked apart the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night to finish off the day's action in Orlando and prove that the depth on the roster is a whole lot better than it was a year ago.

It was a close contest until the second half, which saw the Thunder pull away despite the Nets shooting exactly 50 percent from the field on the night. Still, Oklahoma City won the battle on the glass 38-31 and got some key performances from unheralded contributors.

One name was rookie Mitch McGary, the No. 21 overall pick. The Michigan product put on quite the show via his strong athleticism, which allowed him to score 18 points and grab 13 boards. At one point, he even led a fast break down the court:

But the star of the show was Jeremy Lamb, who poured in 26 points, although he did it on 21 shots. It's similar to how Lamb performed a year ago, but the coaching staff will surely be watching closely to see if he can up his efficiency.

For the Nets, it was once again the Mason Plumlee show. The former Duke star led his team in scoring with 13 points, six boards and three assists, two of which were of the eyebrow-raising variety:

Brooklyn, still far removed from knowing what the final roster will look like next season, got some encouraging performance from young players such as Plumlee and Marquis Teague (10 points, four assists).

But the main takeaway? The Thunder have great depth, and McGary is set to have an impact sooner rather than later in a rotational capacity.

The full game stats can be found at NBA.com.

 

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