ORLANDO, Fla. — Dylan Ennis had his best professional game on America’s Independence Day in a losing effort against the Charlotte Hornets, 95-81. Ennis recorded 13 points, four assists, two rebounds and a blocked shot in 31 minutes of action on Tuesday morning.
Entering play on the Fourth of July, Oregon-led teams were undefeated (5-0) in the Orlando Pro Summer League sponsored by Mountain Dew. Both the Thunder and Joe Young’s Indiana Pacers lost their first game on Tuesday, however.
After struggling to find minutes in OKC’s first two games, Ennis was finally unleashed in his third professional game. The sixth-year senior from Oregon was on the floor for a total of 31:09 minutes. He played more today than both his previous games combined.
He was 4-for-8 from the field and incredibly 4-for-5 (80 percent) from downtown. He concluded his day with a plus/minus rating of -7.
Young continued to garner heavy minutes for the Pacers as their starting point guard. The former Duck star entered the contest averaging 14 PPG over his last three.
He tallied 10 points, four dimes and one stolen pass in nearly 27 minutes of action. The Pacers finally lost their first game of the summer, but it was no fault of Young’s. The Dallas Mavericks dominated the game from start to finish, 94-79.
Former Pac-12 star of the UCLA Bruins, TJ Leaf endured his worst professional game with just seven points on 28 percent (2-for-7) shooting from the floor for Indiana.
The Thunder will tip at 10:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday against the Mavs in their final game from Orlando. Joe Young and his Pacers have concluded their time from Florida with a record of 3-1.
Following Wednesday’s game, Ennis will fly to Las Vegas to join the Golden State Warriors from July 7-17.
We will have continual coverage from the NBA Summer League throughout July.