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Sixers' Jahlil Okafor scores team-high 20 points in summer league debut

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor overcame a shaky start to finish with a team-high 18 points in his team's Utah Summer League opener against the San Antonio Spurs.

The No. 3 pick of the 2015 draft also grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded two blocks in Philadelphia's 74-71 loss at EnergySolutions Arena.

The 6-foot-11, 270-pound Duke product missed eight of his 11 first-half attempts, but was fluid in the post after intermission and showed touch on his jumpers, sinking seven of 11 shots. In the third quarter, he missed on only one of his five attempts.

"His heart is so pure that he probably pressed," 76ers summer league coach Billy Lange said. "Once he settled in in the third quarter and we started drawing plays up for him ... I thought he did really, really well."

Asked to assess his NBA debut, Okafor, who also had four turnovers and four blocked attempts in 29 minutes of action, gave himself a C-minus, according to ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg.

"I could have played better," Okafor said. "That's all it is. I could have played better."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.