It took three games, but the Los Angeles Clippers are finally on the board in the win column at the Orlando Summer League.
C.J. Wilcox started at SF and scored a game-high 22 points, making 4-of-8 threes, and the Clippers led almost the entire game in their 80-63 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
The Clippers switched up their starting lineup for this game, replacing SF Jordan Hamilton and PF Royce White with SG D.J. Newbill and PF Branden Dawson, respectively.
Wilcox came out pulling right away, scoring 11 points on 11 shots in the first half. He was much more efficient in the second half, scoring 11 more points on six shots after halftime.
PG Nate Wolters was on a tear early, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half, including ten in the first quarter. Wolters also added five assists vs. only one turnover while leading the Clippers in minutes for the third straight game (32:10); he’s arguably been the Clippers’ most consistent player in Orlando.
Meanwhile, Dawson may be the most eye-popping player for the Clippers in Orlando. Starting opposite Thunder PF Mitch McGary, Dawson had his second double-double in three games, finishing with 14 points (7/14 FGs) and a game-high 11 rebounds, while adding a game-high four steals. Dawson also ended a couple of fastbreaks with powerful dunks.
McGary finished Tuesday’s game with only seven points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field, five rebounds, and two blocks in 21 minutes. The Thunder shot only 36 percent from the field, and had only 11 assists vs. 21 turnovers.
Hamilton and White did not play Tuesday, which isn’t a positive development for either player. Hamilton hasn’t stood out in his first two games, while White wasn’t doing anything at all, a sharp contrast to Dawson.
The Clippers will look to get another win Wednesday at 2 p.m. Pacific against the Miami Heat. The Heat are 3-0 in Orlando, and are led by rookie SF Justise Winslow, the tenth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.