Holiday dominates despite losing effort

James Harden and the Thunder give the Sixers' their first loss of the summer.

Thunder 89 – Sixers 80

The Summer League has been kind to second year man Jrue Holiday thus far, and his dominance continued today in the Sixers’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He finished with a game high 25 points, and 5 assists, but his one flaw came in the turnover department. His 6 turnovers were a team high, but then again, he’s playing with a lot of potential D-League players, which would in turn make it tougher to find the open man. But nonetheless, a turnover is a turnover, and we can only hope this doesn’t carry over into the regular season.

Aside from Holliday, two other Sixers played great games, Marreese Speights and Jodie Meeks. These two men, who have done excellent jobs so far in the Summer League, combined for 36 points, with 20 of those points coming from Speights. The former Florida Gator fell one rebound short of his second double-double, but finished with an impressive 6 offensive rebounds. Meeks, who scored 18 points in each of the first two games, fell just below that mark, going for 16 points against the Thunder.

The one disappointment came in the form of Evan Turner’s play. With only one double digit scoring effort up to this point, Turner has been somewhat of a let down (but don’t worry, it’s only the Summer League!). Don’t get me wrong, Turner will pick things up, but he hasn’t showed off his scoring ability yet…however, he continues to be a force on the glass, going for 8 rebounds today. He finished with a -6 on the +/- scale, which was the lowest total out of the starting group.

Other notable numbers from the game:

  • Philadelphia outrebounded the Thunder 16-9.
  • James Harden finished with a team-high 21 points for the Thunder.
  • Holiday went 3 for 5 from behind the arc.
  • Jason Love and Ryan Brooks did not play in the game (coach’s decison).

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