The Thunder are taking advantage of Luka Doncic’s absence to dominate Dallas
We were expecting a scoring duel between Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic, but the latter lost at the last moment after suffering a blow to his left ankle. Regardless, SGA played its game with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and the Thunder easily won over Dallas (120-109), thus pocketing their second straight victory and third in a row.
However, the Mavs, driven by 3-point hell, started the game 15-5 from the start. But Dinwiddie, Bullock, Hardaway and even Bertan quickly ran out of steam (8/29-3-points in the last three quarters), suddenly the Lightning in the second quarter. suffers his angry return (36-21).
Despite 27 points and 16 rebounds from Christian Wood and 21 points and 8 assists from Spencer Dinwiddie, Dallas couldn’t keep up with the Thunder in the second half. It must be said that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put them in a hair-raising third quarter with 17 points, the gap became too big in the final quarter, precisely when SGA stole the ball for an easy dunk from Lu Dort. counter attack.
With a well-balanced brand including a top five and a strong bench, the Thunder at least confirm their good form at home…
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– OKC scores a second in the 2nd quarter. Just like against Boston (40-21) or Washington (33-25), the Thunder hit hard in the second quarter last night at home. The Mavericks were effectively outscored in the first half by their defense (which held the Mavs to 6/20 shooting) and their bench (23 points) in a sharp 36-21 blowout. Between them, Aaron Wiggins, Eugene Omoruyi and Lindy Waters III scored 18 points in the period without neglecting their defensive duties: “Our defense in the second quarter was great, our defense in the second half was pretty good.”Head coach Daigneault was satisfied. “They had to get their baskets in the second half. »
– SGA pushes from the 3rd quarter. Gilgeous-Alexander definitely overwhelmed his opponents, scoring 17 of his 33 points in the third quarter. With his style, no touch and ability to cause mistakes, the Thunder leader has performed surgically to keep his team in front. A performance known by Wood: “He’s having a great season. He was able to go left, gather speed, find his place, create for others. He got a lot of baskets and fouls and found himself at the line a lot. »
✅ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. 33 points in 36 minutes without a successful 3-point shot (on a single attempt) SGA struck again against the Mavs. The Thunder’s scorer feasted on the Texans’ Gruyère defense, clinging to his coattails, using and abusing Ntilikina and Bullock.
Kenrich Williams. Blue collar Kenrich Williams had a good night against Dallas. The defensive specialist’s lucky hand added 14 points on 2-of-3 6-of-8 shooting, including 9 rebounds. Since the start of 2023, he’s running an excellent 8/10 behind the arc!
Christian Wood. Without Doncic, Wood has logically inherited the status of the No. 1 option on offense, and the interior has not been deprived of putting up numbers. With 27 points and 16 rebounds, he not only had a big double-double, but also set a season record in rebounds.
⛔ Tim Hardaway Jr. A clumsy 19-pointer on 18 shot attempts (for just 6 hits), the Dallas shooter was far from managing a great game. As the first half ended with a score of 1/9… if he saved his performance with 12 points in 12 minutes in the 3rd quarter, it was too late.
Dallas (23-18): visit the Clippers on Tuesday.
Oklahoma City (18-22): travel to Miami on Tuesday.