Oklahoma City made NBA history in the first game

USA TODAY

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander produced 29 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-95 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Tuesday.
The Thunder became the youngest team in NBA history to win a conference semifinal game.
Kyrie Irving scored 19 points and Luka Doncic finished with 19 points and nine assists for Dallas.
Less than five minutes into the third quarter, the Mavericks cut a 12-point Thunder lead to one on Irving’s 3-pointer off a feed from Luka Doncic.
Oklahoma City outscored Dallas 51-30 the rest of the way.
Before the game, Doncic heaped praise on Oklahoma City’s Luguentz Dort, calling him one of the top perimeter defenders in the NBA.
Oklahoma City’s Chet Holmgren had 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, Williams added 18 points and Aaron Wiggins had 16 off the bench, including 12 in the second quarter.
The Thunder scored 22 points off Dallas’ 16 turnovers.

NEUTRAL

In Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Tuesday, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-95 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks with 29 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

Gilgeous-Alexander, in his first-ever second-round playoff game, shot 8 of 19 from the field but 11 of 13 from the free-throw line. The Thunder won a conference semifinal game, making them the youngest squad in NBA history to do so.

For Dallas, Luka Doncic finished with 19 points and nine assists, while Kyrie Irving scored 19 points.

The Mavericks narrowed a 12-point Thunder lead to one with a 3-pointer from Irving after Luka Doncic fed him less than five minutes into the third quarter.

For the remainder of the game, Oklahoma City outscored Dallas 51–30.

Regarding the composure his team displayed in replying to Dallas cutting their lead, Thunder coach Mark Daigneault remarked, “I think it’s a muscle we’ve built at this point.”. “Over the course of the season, we’ve encountered a lot of those circumstances. Respect for your opponent is probably a major factor. “.

Irving’s three-pointer was promptly answered by the Thunder after a timeout, as Isaiah Joe drained a three-pointer to spark a 14–4 run in the following three minutes.

Throughout the Thunder’s four 3-pointers during the run, Gilgeous-Alexander assisted on two of them. Then, in the closing seconds, he added the game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key, energizing the home crowd.

Luguentz Dort of Oklahoma City is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, according to Doncic, who praised Dort before the game.

During the crucial play, Dort demonstrated why by deflecting the ball away from Doncic close to midcourt, diving to retrieve it, and then spotting a fast-moving Joe who disheveled it to Jalen Williams for a dunk.

Dort assisted the Thunder in limiting Doncic to 6-of-19 shooting, with 1 of 8 of those shots coming from beyond the arc.

Doncic remarked, “It’s not going to be easy at all. They’re a great team—great offensively and defensively.”. “We have to play excellent, focused basketball for forty-eight minutes. “.

Late in the third, the Mavericks went almost four minutes without a field goal as Oklahoma City increased their lead to fifteen points. Dallas, however, closed the gap to ten points with two baskets in the last thirty seconds.

Aaron Wiggins scored 16 points off the bench, including 12 in the second quarter, and Williams scored 18 points. Chet Holmgren of Oklahoma City finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks.

Dallas committed 16 turnovers, which allowed the Thunder to score 22 points.

The Thunder shot 44 points9 percent, while the Mavericks only managed 39 points on the board.

scroll to top