ORLANDO -- Perhaps it was Kevin Durant's guidance on the bench or simply their collective poise and skill, but the Oklahoma City Thunder proved they are very resilient and composed.
James Harden, despite struggling with his shot, was relentless attacking the rim (15-of-18 from the free throw line) and Eric Maynor and Byron Mullins carried the majority of the offensive load as the Thunder overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics, 87-82, at the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League on Monday.
Maynor, who OKC acquired midseason from the Utah Jazz, demonstrated his playmaking brilliance -- finishing with 15 points, five assists and three rebounds. Mullins, meanwhile, led the Thunder with 24 points and Harden scored 19.
"I was real confident," Maynor said. "My job is to run this team and I think I did a good job of that in the second half."
Boston's Luke Harangody couldn't have asked for a more effective debut to his NBA career.
The former Notre Dame standout, who was selected 52nd overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, enjoyed a spectacular 23-point performance on 9-of-13 shooting from the field.
There were many doubts about Harangody prior to the draft. Some suggested he didn't possess the athleticism, explosiveness or height to compete against NBA talent.
But, the pride of Schererville, Ind. demonstrated his exceptional basketball IQ and poised demeanor to flourish in his debut.
Harangody, nonetheless, wasn't the only Celtic to impress. Jaycee Carroll, who has been highly regarded as a high-energy sparkplug with distant range since his days at Utah State, pitched in 13 points and four assists.