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NBA 2K23 Summer League: Pelicans cruise past Thunder in finale


• Pelicans 107, Thunder 71: Box rating | Game details

John Butler scored a game-high 25 points to guide the Latest Orleans Pelicans to a 107-71 victory within the NBA 2K23 Summer League on Sunday at Cox Pavilion.

The Pelicans got out to a powerful start and led 30-21 after one quarter. Either side fought hard within the second, while the Pelicans pushed their result in 10, by halftime. The Pelicans kicked it up a notch within the third and outscored the Thunder 28-13, to make it a 25-point game heading into the ultimate frame. The Thunder had no answers within the fourth, because the Pelicans cruised to a blowout win.

Butler shot an ideal 9-of-9 from the sector, including 6-of-6 from long range. 4 other players scored in double digits for the Pelicans, including Elijah Stewart, who totaled 20 points, 4 rebounds, nine assists, a steal and a block. Dereon Seabron added 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Deividas Sirvydis tallied 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal.

On the opposite side, Gabe Brown led the Thunder with 23 points, 4 rebounds and two assists. Jaden Shackelford followed up with 15 points and three rebounds, while Vit Krejci chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds, 4 assists and two blocks.

The competition marks the top of Summer League play for each teams.

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