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Knicks erupt for franchise-record 48 points in 1st quarter, still lose to Thunder


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Knicks erupt for franchise-record 48 points in 1st quarter, still lose to Thunder

STAR. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander torches the Knicks as the Thunder strike for their second straight win.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey show the way as the Thunder drop 145 points on the Knicks, the most allowed by New York in regulation in over 40 years

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 17 points during a decisive run to end the third quarter for the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, who rode a red-hot shooting effort to overcome a historic first quarter by the New York Knicks and earn a 145-135 victory on Sunday, November 13 (Monday, November 14, Manila time).

Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 37 points and Josh Giddey posted a triple-double (24 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) for the Thunder, who shot 62.5% (55-of-88) – the third-best performance from the field since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle prior to the 2008-09 season.

In addition, the 145 points were the most for the Thunder since a 148-147, double-overtime win over the Utah Jazz on February 22, 2019, and the most Oklahoma City has scored in regulation since a 148-124 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 20, 2018.

Luguentz Dort scored 24 points while Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (17 points) and Aleksej Pokusevski (12 points) each got into double figures for the Thunder, who have won two straight.

Julius Randle had a double-double (25 points, 10 rebounds) for the Knicks, who scored 48 points – their most ever in the first quarter – before the Thunder caught fire. Oklahoma City’s shooting percentage is the highest by a New York opponent since the Toronto Raptors shot 65% in a 131-113 win on April 14, 2010.

The 145 points were the most allowed by the Knicks since a 151-145 triple-overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on December 27, 2006, and the most surrendered in regulation since a 145-129 loss to the then-Kansas City Kings on December 8, 1979.

Cam Reddish had 26 points while Immanuel Quickley scored 24 points off the bench for the Knicks, who have alternated losses with wins the past seven games. Jalen Brunson scored 17 points while Isaiah Hartenstein added 14 points and Obi Toppin finished with 10.

The Knicks led 48-36 after one but the Thunder chipped away and ended the second quarter on a 24-12 run to take a 79-73 halftime lead. New York got within 3 points three times in the third quarter before Gilgeous-Alexander sparked a 26-13 run that gave Oklahoma City a 122-106 lead heading into the fourth. The hosts got no closer than 8 in the final 12 minutes. –

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