Vaden, Shakur lead Thunder over Magic
ORLANDO -- Several of Oklahoma City's rising stars sat out of Thursday's contest, but that didn't stop the rest of the multifaceted Thunder to secure a victory.
Robert Vaden buried a critical go-ahead jumper with 1:09 left in the fourth and Mustafa Shakur, who finished with 21 points, sealed the win with a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds remaining. Orlando trailed by 11 with just over five minutes left.
Kyle Weaver recorded 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds, while Byron Mullens and Ryan Reid each scored 12.
Many NBA critics questioned the selection of Reid with the 57th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. But the former Florida State star has quickly quieted some of the detractors. He has shown to be extremely determined -- fighting for loose balls and rebounding position.
Although he is limited offensively, Reid's scrappiness may help him establish longevity in the NBA.
Donell Taylor, meanwhile for the Magic, continues to impress. In the three games he has played at Summer League (did not play on Wednesday), the former UAB standout has scored in double figures. He fired in a team-high 18 points in Thursday's defeat.
Joe Crawford, who racked up 29 points on Wednesday, contributed 17 points.