Steven Adams confirmed no mercy towards the New Zealand Breakers as he led the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to a 26-point victory.
The Rotorua-born Adams used his 213cm tall body to terrorise the Breakers within the newest NBA versus NBL exhibition recreation within the US.
The Thunder received 110-84 on Thursday at Oklahoma Metropolis’s Chesapeake Power Enviornment.
Adams had 19 factors, connecting with 9 of 12 subject targets, and dominated the boards with 4 offensive in his 10 rebound haul.
Adams solely performed 19 minutes and sat out many of the second half.
“Steven performed rather well,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan stated
“From a measurement distinction, he had an enormous benefit up entrance.”
The Breakers had been led by 211cm centre Robert Loe with 19 factors and 5 rebounds.
The Breakers’ star recruit RJ Hampton had his second disappointing recreation within the US and certain harm his prospects for subsequent yr’s NBA Draft.
The 196cm tall, 18-year-old guard from Texas had eight factors, however missed 9 of 11 subject targets.
Hampton hoped to make use of his NBL stint to spice up his draft prospects as an alternative of going the normal route with an elite US faculty.
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Breakers 108-94 on Tuesday and Hampton had two factors after lacking seven of eight subject targets.
Hampton has additionally been uncovered on defence.
The Breakers by no means led towards the Thunder.
With Adams dominant early, the Thunder jumped to a 29-15 lead on the finish of the primary quarter, prolonged it to 62-35 at halftime earlier than heading into the ultimate interval up 90-57.
The Thunder have entered a brand new period this season after shedding All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George within the low season, however gained elite veteran level guard Chris Paul.
Paul had six factors, three rebounds and 4 assists towards the Breakers.
Thunder teammate Terrance Ferguson, who had a stint with the Adelaide 36ers in 2016-17, began however was quiet with three factors in 19 minutes.
The NBL groups have had a troublesome time within the US the previous week.
The Jazz demolished the 36ers 133-81 in Salt Lake Metropolis on the weekend.
On Sunday, Melbourne United will tackle Kawhi Leonard’s Los Angeles Clippers and on Wednesday they play the Sacramento Kings.