Game Recap: Thunder 90, Nets 76

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 90-76, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Saturday.
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The game wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Oklahoma City pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Womens Mark Stone Jersey Brooklyn, 30-13. The Thunder led by as many as 30 in the second half, never relinquishing a double-digit margin. Only a late run when the game was no longer in doubt made it respectable for the Nets.

The Thunder dominated the boards, outrebounding the Nets, 57-38. Brooklyn grabbed only three offensive rebounds. The Nets were also held to just 34 percent shooting from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range while the Thunder connected on 41 percent of their shots.

The Lakers already have begun assembling a revamped team around James by acquiring Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson Tom Waddle Jersey in free agency while retaining guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Los Angeles also assembled a reasonably talented young core before James’ arrival with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

But they didn’t even get a meeting with star scorer Paul George before the Southern California native re-signed with Oklahoma City, and their efforts to acquire disgruntled two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard from San Antonio haven’t borne fruit so far.

The Lakers don’t appear to be planning a public event to welcome James to Los Angeles, where he already owns multiple homes and spends summers with his family.

But Blaze Pizza — the growing pizza chain in which James is an investor — announced a three-hour pizza giveaway on Tuesday to welcome James to LA.

LeBron responded with a tweet , his first since June 26: Haven’t been to a pizza party in a minute … Culver City?

There have been noticeable markers along the way. In the ’90s, players who naturally would have been trained and used as centers – Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Amare Stoudemire, Antonio McDyess – demanded to face the basket and be referred to as power forwards. Then in 2012, the league joined them, eradicating center from its All-Star ballot and opting for frontcourt as a catch-all category for everyone from wings to 7-foot shot swatters.

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