Shai Gilgeous-Alexander treffers 3 by gonser, Donder het Clippers geklop

Gilgeous-Alexander het 'n 27-voet geslaan, step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 104-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Saterdagaand.

Woensdagaand, Gilgeous-Alexander hit a 30-footer with 1.4 seconds to tie the game against New Orleans, but Devonte Graham drained a 60-foot heave as time expired for the winner.

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Hierdie keer, Gilgeous-Alexander hit the game’s last dramatic shot, and his teammates mobbed him as he ran downcourt. He then broke into a dance in which waved his arms. He called it theLamar Odom Dance,” for the former NBA player Gilgeous-Alexander said he got it from. Gilgeous-Alexander said he and Thunder forward Darius Bazley had seen footage of Odom doing the dance and liked it.

Baze and I always thought it was like, so cool,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “And I told him (Bazley) the first time I hit my real game-winner with the buzzer going down, I was going to do the dance. And then I forgot to do it. And then as soon as I saw Baze on the court, it came back to my head.

Lu Dort, who scored 29 points after sitting out Oklahoma City’s previous game with a sprained left ankle, said Gilgeous-Alexander definitely wanted his room to show off his moves.

He actually pushed me and started dancing,” Dort said, laggend.

Gilgeous-Alexander’s footwork, not his arms, got him the clean look on the final shot. He was able to step away from Los AngelesNicolas Batum.

I looked at the clock and there was like three seconds left after (Mike Muscala) had got it to me,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “And I knew like where I caught it was like, perfect for my comfort zone shot I want to shoot. I tried to make it look like I was driving, and then I got into my step back that I work on every day. And as soon as I let go, it felt good.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a game-winning 3-point shot in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Justise Winslow (20) at the end of an NBA basketball game, Saterdag, Des. 18, 2021, in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a game-winning 3-point shot in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Justise Winslow (20) at the end of an NBA basketball game, Saterdag, Des. 18, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Gilgeous-Alexander scored 18 punte, and rookie Josh Giddey had eight points, a career-high 18 rebounds en 10 help.

Luke Kennard scored a season-high 27 points for Los Angeles. Terance Mann had 18 punte, and Reggie Jackson added 16 punte en 10 help. Los Angeles forward Paul George, the team’s leading scorer with 25 points per game, sat out with a sprained right elbow.

The Thunder led 57-52 at halftime behind 15 points from Dort and 11 from rookie reserve Tre Mann. Oklahoma City shot 53% before the break. Kennard scored 15 points for the Clippers.

The Thunder led 81-79 at the end of the third quarter.

Gilgeous-Alexander was quiet as a scorer until the fourth quarter. He scored a layup and a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 93-86 lei.

Oklahoma City led for most of the quarter, but the Clippers took the lead late. Los Angeles led 103-101 with Justise Winslow at the line in the closing seconds. Winslow missed both free throws and the Thunder rebounded and called timeout to set up their final play.

I thought we did some good things,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We had a chance to win the game and (Gilgeous-Alexander) made a tough shot at the end to win.

WENKE

Knippers: Winslow got his first start of the season for the Clippers. He finished with nine points and nine rebounds. … Batum returned after missing three games because of a sprained right ankle. Hy het geslaag 12 punte, but he couldn’t keep up with Gilgeous-Alexander on the final shot.

donderweer: Rookie Aaron Wiggins started in place of Bazley. Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said before the game that the situation was fluid and the team wanted to try different combinations to find out what works. Bazley scored 10 punte in 24 minute. Wiggins scored five points in 18 minute.

STAT LINES

Gilgeous-Alexander scored just eight points in the first three quarters. Hy het geslaag 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the fourth.

QUOTABLE

Gilgeous-Alexander, on hitting the winner after losing in dramatic fashion on Wednesday: “Ja, it feels good. It’s almost like this one felt a little bit better after the last one.

VOLGENDE

Knippers: Host San Antonio on Monday night.

donderweer: At Memphis on Monday night.

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