The Thunder took advantage of Luka Doncic’s absence to dominate Dallas

We expected a duel of scorers between Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic but the latter, who was hit on the left ankle, had to go out at the last moment. Regardless, SGA played its game, with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and the Thunder won relatively easily against Dallas (120-109), thus pocketing the second victory in a row, the third in a row in residence.

However, driven by an infernal 3-point address, the Mavs started the match with a bang, going 15-5 from the start. But Dinwiddie, Bullock, Hardaway and even Bertans quickly ran out of steam (8/29 to 3). -points in the last three quarters), suddenly suffered a furious comeback by the Thunder in the second quarter (36-21).

Despite 27 points and 16 rebounds from Christian Wood and 21 points, 8 assists from Spencer Dinwiddie, Dallas failed to keep up with the Thunder in the second half. It must be said that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put them in the blender with a hair-raising third quarter at 17 points, the gap became too big in the last quarter, exactly when SGA stole the ball for an easy dunk from Lu Dort on the counter-offensive.

With a well-balanced brand, including a main five perfect over ten, and a strong bench, the Thunder confirmed their good form at the moment, even at home…

WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER

– OKC missed the second in the 2nd quarter. Whether 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 a blistering 36-21 led by his defense (holding the Mavs to 6/20 on shots) and his bench (23 points). Between them, Aaron Wiggins, Eugene Omoruyi and Lindy Waters III contributed 18 points all season, not neglecting their defensive duties: “Our defense was good in the second quarter, our defense was pretty good in the second half”Coach Daigneault was pleased. “They have to get their baskets in the second half. »

– SGA carries the thrust from the 3rd quarter. Author of 17 of his 33 points in the 3rd quarter, Gilgeous-Alexander certainly put his opponents’ heads under. Using his own style, without seeming to hold it, and his ability to cause mistakes, the Thunder leader was surgical to keep his team in front. A performance that Wood recognized: “He’s having a good season. He was able to go to the left, he picked up the pace, he found his spots, he created for others. He got a lot of baskets with the foul and found himself at the throw line a lot. »

TOPS/FLOPS

✅ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. 33 points in 36 minutes, without a successful 3-point shot (on one attempt), SGA struck again against the Mavs. The Thunder’s scorer feasted on the Texans’ Gruyère defense, using and abusing Ntilikina and Bullock, clinging to his coattails.

✅ Kenrich Williams. Blue collar par excellence, Kenrich Williams had a great night against Dallas. The defense specialist was lucky with 14 points on 6/8 shooting including 2/3 from 3-pointers, to which he added 9 rebounds. Since the beginning of 2023, he is running a great 8/10 behind the arc!

Christian Wood. Without Doncic, Wood logically inherited the status of option n°1 in the attack and the interior was not deprived to produce numbers. With his 27 points and 16 rebounds, he not only achieved a big double-double but also recorded his season record in rebounds.

⛔ Tim Hardaway Jr. Clumsy with 19 points scored after 18 shots attempted (for only 6 victories), the Dallas shooter did not manage a great game, far from it. As his first half ended with 1/9 in shots… If he saved appearances with 12 points in 12 minutes in the 3rd quarter, it would have been too late.

THE FOLLOWING

Dallas (23-18): trip to the Clippers on Tuesday.

Oklahoma City (18-22): trip to Miami on Tuesday.

Oklahoma City / 120 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
Jall. williams 25 5/11 0/2 0/0 2 2 4 2 1 0 1 3 -14 10 12
K. Williams 25 6/8 2/3 0/0 4 5 9 2 2 1 0 0 -12 14 24
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 36 11/17 0/1 11/13 0 5 5 5 5 1 3 2 +7 33 35
J. Giddey 26 4/12 2/4 0/0 0 5 5 5 5 0 1 0 +3 10 11
L. Dort 30 7/20 3/8 1/2 0 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 +6 18 11
L. Water III 21 3/6 2/4 0/0 1 3 4 1 0 1 0 2 +15 8 13
E. Omoruyi 19 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 +18 6 6
Mr Muscala 11 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 1 +10 4 6
T. Mann 14 3/4 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 3 1 1 2 0 +15 6 9
I. Joe 17 1/3 0/0 3/3 0 4 4 2 4 0 0 0 +1 5 9
A. Wiggins 16 2/5 2/3 0/0 2 1 3 5 2 0 0 0 +6 6 11
46/94 12/28 16/20 12 35 47 27 26 5 8 8 120 147
dallas / 109 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
C. Wood 39 8/13 1/5 10/12 3 13 16 2 3 0 4 0 +1 27 34
T. Hardaway Jr. 34 6/18 4/10 3/4 0 5 5 2 3 0 0 0 -17 19 13
R. Bullock 33 3/7 3/6 0/0 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 -2 9 9
D. Powell 25 0/0 0/0 6/8 1 5 6 2 1 0 0 0 -11 6 12
S. Dinwiddie 36 6/16 1/5 8/10 1 2 3 8 2 1 3 0 -2 21 18
D. Bertans 12 3/5 3/5 0/0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -4 9 9
J. McGee 5 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 2
F. Ntilikina 12 2/2 0/0 2/2 0 1 1 0 3 2 1 1 -2 6 9
Mr. Wright IV 9 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 -15 0 -2
T. Pinson 7 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 3 3
AJ Lawson 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
J. Hardy 27 2/8 1/5 4/6 0 2 2 3 5 0 2 0 +3 9 4
Total 31/73 14/39 33/42 8 31 39 21 19 3 12 1 109 110

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