In a showdown between Western Conference contenders, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 34 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-15) to a 105-100 victory over the short-handed Denver Nuggets (33-16), who played without Nikola Jokic due to lower back pain.

Chet Holmgren played a crucial role with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks, contributing to the Thunder’s success.

Despite missing key players, including Jalen Williams and Isaiah Joe, Oklahoma City dominated the boards, outrebounding Denver 53-47.

Aaron Gordon’s performance with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists as well as 16 points from Jamal Murray and Reggie Jackson each, couldn’t secure the win for the Nuggets.