USC Men's Basketball

Thornwell rises above the rest in NBA debut

South Carolina basketball great Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points Friday night in his NBA debut, a Summer League victory for the Los Angeles Clippers over the Lakers.

The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime in a game played in Las Vegas, with Thornwell starting at guard, shooting 6-of-13 from the field and 14-of-18 at the free throw line. He added five rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes of action.

Thornwell’s 26 points were a game-high for the Clippers. Brandon Ingram also had 26 for the Lakers. No. 2 draft pick Lonzo Ball scored five points for the Lakers on 2-of-15 shooting, also in 32 minutes played.

Fellow Gamecock P.J. Dozier, a free agent signee of the Lakers, did not play.

The Lakers play the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The Clippers play again Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

Thornwell, the SEC Player of the Year and third-leading scorer in USC history, was drafted No. 48 by the Milwaukee Bucks and then promptly traded to the Clippers.

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