Harden nets 17 points in debut win
ORLANDO -- On the first day of the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League, the Magic were topped, 88-77, by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a squad featuring six players who were once first-round picks in their respective NBA Drafts.
Oklahoma City was led by second-year guard Russell Westbrook, who recorded 22 points, 16 of which came at the free throw line. James Harden, the third selection of June's NBA Draft, chipped in 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Orlando, which trailed 15-2 early in the second quarter, responded to cut the Thunder's lead to four, 36-32, at the half.
Catalyzed by newcomer Ryan Anderson, the Magic bounced back early in the second half, tying the game at 42 courtesy of an Anderson 3-pointer at the 6:26 mark of the third quarter.
"I'm a guy that can step out and shoot the ball, spread the defense and rebound the ball pretty well," said Anderson, who along with Ager, played last season with the New Jersey Nets. "There's a lot I need to build on, there's a lot I can improve on."
Anderson, who came over with Vince Carter in last month's five-player deal, finished with a team-high 21 points (13 in the third) to go along with seven rebounds.