Lu Dort transforms into Stephen Curry in record-breaking start for Thunder
If there’s one headline that has been going unnoticed since the past week, it’s Lu Dort’s emergence. But this might change after the Oklahoma City Thunder guard went on a crazy Stephen Curry-like run to start off Sunday’s game versus the Toronto Raptors.
Dort scored 21 points (yes that’s not a typo) and went a perfect 5-of-5 from the 3-point line.
Lu Dort is UNCONSCIOUS.
21 points and 5-5 3PM in the FIRST QUARTER 🤯pic.twitter.com/jRrSSFPpE2
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 18, 2021
This scoring run made Lu Dort the seventh player in Thunder history to score 20 points in a quarter. The other six to do just that are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander—not a bad list to be in at all for the undrafted youngster.
Dort has been averaging 13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game this season.
The other six: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) April 19, 2021
The Thunder seem to be investing in their future with a huge amount of draft picks they have for the next coming years. If ever Dort remains a Thunder, this could be huge for them in their future plans. Dort is only a sophomore but his last stretch has shown his promising skills on the court. He can defend and be a threat on offense, a combination that makes him a valuable asset for OKC.
Oklahoma City is at the bottom third of the Western Conference standings as they’ve struggled all season long. That was to be expected given the rebuilding they’re currently doing. However, if there’s something they got out of this season, it’s the rise of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and now, Lu Dort.