Gilgeous-Alexander stuns Wizards in NBA
November 17, 2022 / 9:18 pm
Australia’s Josh Giddey has had a quiet night in the NBA by his lofty standards but no doubt enjoyed the Shai Gilgeous-Alexander show on the road in Washington, DC.
Oklahoma City improved to 7-8 for the season with a thrilling 121-120 win over the Wizards.
Gilgeous-Alexander drained a three-pointer with just 1.1 seconds left on the clock to finish with a career-equalling high 42 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a block.
Thunder teammates Luguentz Dort had 16 points and Giddey chipped in with 11 points, six boards and two assists.
Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points in the second half, making nine of his 10 field goals, while Kristips Porzingis tallied 27 points for Washington (8-7), who had their four-game winning streak halted.
Bradley Beal, whose jumper with 6.1 seconds remaining gave the home side a 120-118 lead, finished with 25 points and Kyle Kuzma fell just short of a triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists).
In Phoenix, Arizona, Stephen Curry scored 50 points but could not prevent the Golden State Warriors’ winless road run from extending to eight games after a 130-119 loss to the Suns.
The defeat means the Warriors are 0-8 on the road this season and slump to 6-9 in the 2022-23 campaign, which is a tie for fourth worst 15-game start to a season by an NBA champion.
Golden State’s 0-8 road start is the worst ever by a defending champion in NBA history.
The eight-defeat run is also a tie for third for longest road losing streak by a defending champion in their title-defence season.
In Atlanta, the NBA-leading Boston Celtics improved to 12-3 with a 126-101 win over the Hawks.
Jaylen Brown scored 22 points to stretch their winning streak to eight, despite missing injured guards Marcus Smart (ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring).
Boston had six other players reach double figures. Jayson Tatum had 19, Grant Williams 18, Derrick White 16, Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet 15 apiece and Payton Pritchard 14.
Trae Young led Atlanta with 27 points but was held to 10-of-23 shooting, including a mere 2-of-7 from beyond the arc. It was his 294th career start, tying Paul Millsap for 17th on the franchise career list.
Boston’s Eastern Conference rivals Milwaukee bounced back from a last-out loss to the Hawks by defeating Cleveland 113-98.
The Bucks (11-3) were led by Brook Lopez with 29 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo’s double-double consisted of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland had 23 apiece for the Cavaliers.
Elsewhere, there were wins for the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors.
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OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has scored 42 points in the thrilling one-point NBA win in Washington. (AP PHOTO)