In a thrilling overtime showdown, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren combined for a staggering 76 points, propelling the Oklahoma City Thunder (9-4) to a dramatic 130-123 victory over the Golden State Warriors (6-8) on Saturday night.
The game’s turning point came in the final seconds of regulation when rookie sensation Holmgren hit a buzzer-beating shot from deep, forcing the extra period and ultimately securing the Thunder’s win.
The Warriors, desperately seeking a breakthrough, seemed on the cusp of victory when Andrew Wiggins buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with under two seconds left in regulation. However, the Thunder had other plans, with Holmgren’s clutch play extending the contest.
Gilgeous-Alexander showcased his scoring prowess with an impressive 40-point performance, complemented by six rebounds and six assists. The dynamic guard led the Thunder’s charge, especially in the overtime period.
Holmgren, the highly touted rookie, delivered a season-high 36 points along with 10 rebounds and five assists. Holmgren’s impact on both ends of the court played a crucial role in the Thunder’s comeback and eventual triumph.
Jaylin Williams contributed significantly to the Thunder’s success, adding 22 points and six rebounds. The collective effort of the Thunder, particularly in the second half and overtime, demonstrated resilience and determination.
The Warriors, despite strong performances from Wiggins (31 points) and Stephen Curry (25 points), couldn’t secure a victory.
Missing key players like Draymond Green and Gary Payton II, the Warriors faced challenges, with their home record dropping to 1-6.