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Ex-Cat comes up big off bench, lifts Thunder to win

Former Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo scored 19 points off the bench in Oklahoma City's 90-76 win over Brooklyn on Saturday.
Former Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo scored 19 points off the bench in Oklahoma City's 90-76 win over Brooklyn on Saturday. Associated Press

One day after making a quiet debut in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, former University of Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo made a lot of noise as he led Oklahoma City to a 90-76 win over Brooklyn.

Diallo had just three points and three rebounds in 14 minutes as the Thunder lost Friday's opener. On Saturday, Diallo came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He knocked down both of his three-pointers and added eight rebounds along with two steals.

In a post-game interview with NBA TV, Daillo was asked about the best advice he ever received from UK Coach John Calipari.

Diallo responded: "Stay ready. Everybody has a different path. You've just got to stay ready and make sure you always believe in and trust your work."

Ex-Cat Dakari Johnson also pitched in to help the Thunder improve to 1-1 in Las Vegas. Johnson had 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

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