Thunder: Justin Patton records highest-scoring game in G League this season
Thunder center Justin Patton, on assignment with the Oklahoma City Blue, scored a career-high 45 points Tuesday night against the South Bay Lakers.
It was the highest scoring game for any G League player this season.
"Just looking back, as basketball players and as anybody in life, you always want to reflect," Patton said. "And I did some reflecting. I was looking at how I played leading up to this point and I just felt like I needed to turn it on. And I will turn it on more going forward."
Patton checked the box score after the game and noticed he was one assist shy of a triple double. The Creighton product had 13 rebounds and nine assists to complement his 45 points. He shot 19-of-31 from the floor and 4-of-8 from 3-point range in the Blue's 149-140 win at Cox Convention Center.
"I've always been a system player," Patton said, "but today I was a little bit off the rails."
The 7-foot center took advantage of an undersized South Bay Lakers squad. The Lakers only had one player taller than 6-foot-7 available.
Patton has played in four games this season for the Thunder. He had brief stops in Minnesota and Philadelphia before signing with Oklahoma City in August.
"Obviously I want to be playing more with the Thunder, but I'm 22," Patton said. "I've got a long career. I'm not really worried about that right now."