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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander helps Thunder edge reeling Warriors in overtime

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander helps Thunder edge reeling Warriors in overtime

Dec 8, 2023; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7), and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) celebrate after Chet Holmgren scores a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

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Rising NBA superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and rookie sensation Chet Holmgren conspire to lift OKC in overtime past Golden State, which has dropped 10 of its last 14 games

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 38 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 138-136 overtime win over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Friday (Saturday, December 9, Manila time).

The Thunder have won three of their last four and nine of their last 12, while the Warriors have dropped 10 of their last 14.

Oklahoma City jumped out to a 10-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in overtime, before Golden State made one final push, cutting the deficit to two on Stephen Curry’s 3-pointer with 29.7 seconds left.

But Luguentz Dort’s layup on the other end with 10.2 seconds remaining put the game away for good as the Thunder beat the Warriors for the third time in four meetings this season.

Curry led Golden State with 34 points — 10 in overtime.

The Warriors had a season-high 29 turnovers while Oklahoma City had just 11. The Thunder outscored Golden State 35-6 off turnovers.

On November 18 in San Francisco, the Warriors didn’t foul Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren late, and he hit a game-tying corner 3-pointer to help send the game to overtime in the Thunder’s eventual overtime win.

In the closing seconds of regulation Friday, the Warriors tried to foul Holmgren, but Draymond Green’s foul came as Holmgren was shooting and Holmgren hit three free throws with less than 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 118.

Holmgren’s free throws came moments after Curry drilled a step-back 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Dort to put the Warriors back out in front.

After Holmgren’s free throws, Dort made up for it with tight defense on Curry, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer was well off the mark to send the game to overtime.

Jalen Williams added 28 points for Oklahoma City on 12-of-15 shooting while Holmgren scored 21.

The Thunder were just 5 of 29 (17.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City was 46 of 69 (66.7 percent) from inside the arc.

Jonathan Kuminga added 24 off the bench for the Warriors while Klay Thompson scored 22.

The Warriors led by seven midway through the third quarter, before the Thunder reeled off a 22-8 run to take a seven-point lead of their own. – Rappler.com

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