In a nail-biting showdown, the Oklahoma City Thunder (53-25) clinched a narrow 121-118 victory over the Charlotte Hornets (19-59) on Sunday night, securing a vital win to break their three-game losing streak.

Led by Josh Giddey’s triple-double performance (20 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists), the Thunder triumphed in a tense battle against the Hornets.

Oklahoma City maintained their stronghold in the Western Conference, remaining third behind the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves despite the challenging absence of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Williams due to injuries.

Aaron Wiggins (26 points, 6 steals) and Chet Holmgren (20 points, 10 rebounds) contributed significantly to OKC.

Despite a spirited effort from the Hornets, led by Grant Williams (19 points) and Vasilije Micic (17 points, 10 assists), the Thunder managed to fend off their opponents and secure a crucial victory.

Micic, Tre Mann (18 points), and Davis Bertans (12 points), former Thunder players traded to the Hornets, posed a formidable threat.

The game witnessed a series of lead changes and intense moments, with both teams fighting tooth and nail for control. Isaiah Joe emerged as a clutch performer for the Thunder, sinking crucial 3-pointers in the final minutes to tilt the momentum in favor of Oklahoma City.

As the clock winded down, tension reached its peak as Brandon Miller missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, sealing the Thunder’s victory.