OKC Thunder: Luguentz Dort shows flashes of improved offensive game
Dillon Brooks held his hands up in frustration.
Thunder guard Luguentz Dort managed to tip the ball twice while walling off a couple Grizzly defenders. Then Brooks hip checked Dort, resulting in a flagrant foul call and two free throws for the Oklahoma City rookie.
Although the Thunder fell apart during the second half of a 121-92 loss against Memphis on Friday, Dort showed flashes of why he was signed to a multiyear deal before the restart.
He scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including making 4-of-5 from deep, with three rebounds and two assists and continued playing strong on the defensive end.
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“Lu has been like that all year for us, as far as being that engine,” Thunder guard Chris Paul said. “Now he’s a lot more comfortable with his shot when we need it.”
In Oklahoma City’s previous three games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Dort was 2-of-15 shooting from 3.
His presence was especially felt in that first half, where he scored all but two of his points. In the first six minutes, he hit a trio of 3-pointers and helped the Thunder to a 18-point advantage before the first quarter ended.
His final 3, with 4:14 left in the second quarter, ended a 28-5 Grizzlies run.
“To see him flourish on the offensive end now as well as the defensive end is nice,” Paul said.