Thunder Rally From 26 Down To Top Lakers

Thunder Rally From 26 Down To Top Lakers

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 factors, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 26 factors down to conquer the Los Angeles Lakers 123-one hundred fifteen on Wednesday night time for his or her first win of the season.

The Thunder equaled their largest comeback ever to recover from the hump after strong showings in opposition to Philadelphia and Golden State of their preceding games.

Gilgeous-Alexander stated Oklahoma City in no way taken into consideration giving up.

“It’s a 48-minute recreation,” he stated. “Crazier matters have occurred. ... So we knew it changed into possible. I myself have come lower back from a deficit nearly that big, so I knew it changed into possible. Just live the course. Every recreation, each second for the entire season.”

Darius Bazley introduced 20 factors and rookie Josh Giddey had 18 factors and 10 assists for the Thunder, who opened the season with 4 losses.

Gilgeous-Alexander stated he anticipated the Thunder to interrupt thru eventually.

“I knew it'd happen,” he stated. “I knew we’d get higher each recreation, or try and. The institution of fellows is hard-nosed guys, aggressive guys. At the give up of the day, we simply need to win.”

The Lakers performed without LeBron James, who sat out his 2nd directly recreation with a sore proper ankle.

Russell Westbrook, the previous Thunder star, had but every other triple-double in Oklahoma City. He had 20 factors, 14 rebounds, and thirteen assists for the 185th triple-double of his profession earlier than being ejected withinside the very last seconds. He changed into cheered loudly all through pregame introductions.

Anthony Davis scored 30 factors for the Lakers, who fell to 2-3.

“It’s a recreation that we’re clearly prepurported to win," Davis stated. "We’re now no longer prepurported to lose at all. But we’ll examine from it and circulate forward.”

The Thunder led 118-one hundred fifteen with 9.7 seconds left whilst Carmelo Anthony intercepted an inbounds byskip with the aid of using Giddey. Anthony badly neglected a 3-pointer that might have tied the sport, and the Thunder rebounded.

Oklahoma City's Lu Dort changed into fouled with 4.7 seconds to play. His first loose throw rolled in, and he made the second one to position the Thunder up five.

Bazley intercepted the inbounds by skip and dunked with 1. five seconds left. Westbrook took exception to Bazley now no longer going for walks out the clock and changed into ejected for purchasing his 2nd technical of the night time. The crowd became on Westbrook inside the very last seconds.

“We’re old-school," Westbrook stated. "When (expletive) like that happens, I don’t allow it to slide. I take it at the chin and circulate on. In the sport of basketball, there’s positive stuff you don’t do. There’s positive stuff you don’t do in sports. The game was already over and I didn’t like it. Simple as that.”

Gilgeous-Alexander stated Bazley failed to imply any harm.

“I recognize Baze," he stated. “I recognize he wasn’t which means no disrespect with the aid of using it. And it simply occurred warmness of the second."

Los Angeles shot 68% withinside the first area to take a 41-19 lead, and the Lakers drove the result in 56-30 withinside the 2nd area.

Westbrook changed into referred to as for his first technical withinside the very last minute of the 1/3 area with the Lakers up ninety five-91. Gilgeous-Alexander made all 3 loose throws to reduce the Lakers' result in one.

In the ultimate seconds of the 1/3, Gilgeous-Alexander pump-faked Westbrook, then banked a 3-pointer domestic on the buzzer to offer the Thunder a 97-ninety five lead.

I didn’t understand it changed into going to the bank, however, it felt good. Yeah, I’ll clearly take it.”


Lakers: Malik Monk began out in the location of James. He completed with 9 factors. ... Anthony and Avery Bradley every scored thirteen factors.

Thunder: Outscored the Lakers 37-31 withinside the 2nd area and 67-forty three withinside the 2nd 1/2 of. ... Giddey had six assists withinside the first 1/2 of. ... Dort scored 17 factors and Derrick Favors introduced 15. ... Gilgeous-Alexander scored 17 factors on five-for-7 capturing with withinside the 1/3 area.


Westbrook had 10 turnovers. Lakers train Frank Vogel defended him after the sport.

“Guy competes for his tail off," Vogel stated. "It changed into a difficult end for our entire institution. But to have 10 assists in a 1/2 of in an NBA recreation is remarkable. I applaud his effort, however, our institution as an entire — we didn’t get the activity done.”


Dort, at the Thunder seeking to connect: “It’s a brand new team. We’re all seeking to discern it out and try and nonetheless carry the chemistry. And I sense like we’re simply getting higher each recreation and I sense like these days it virtually labored nicely for us, simply the manner we moved the ball and performed as a team.”


Lakers: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Thunder: Visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

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