The Rundown: Thunder edge Warriors in OT

Published November 19, 2023, 3:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 40 points as the Thunder handed the Warriors their sixth straight loss.


Knicks 122, Hornets 108

Timberwolves 122, Pelicans 121

Bulls 102, Heat 97

Bucks 132, Mavericks 125

Grizzlies 120, Spurs 108

Thunder 130, Warriors 123

What went down

It hasn’t been a pretty week for the Golden State Warriors. They lost Draymond Green to another Draymond Green-type incident, that by now, we’ve all seen from many different angles in various playback speeds. They’ve lost five straight games going into their matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that just beat them two nights ago. 

It was looking good for them up until the third quarter when their 18-point lead vanished. By then, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chet Holmgren, and Jalen Williams took turns in carving up the Warriors’ defense to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end. 

Then, with the game tied at 114 with less than 10 seconds left, a missed Steph Curry floater (which, for sure, gave the Thunder traumatic war flashbacks) found its way to Andrew Wiggins at the 3-point line. He locked, cocked, and cashed in a 3 with only 1.6 seconds left in regulation. 

That was Wiggins’ best shot of a breakout 31-point game - and, unfortunately for Dub Nation, his biggest mistake. Wiggins left 1.6 on the clock, more than enough time for Holmgren to catch the ball near the corner, turn, and knock down a game-tying 3 at the buzzer.

In overtime, it was all Thunder. SGA’s 40 and Chet’s 36 (a career-high) were just too much for an undermanned, bruised, and seemingly gassed-out Warriors. They’re now running on a six-game losing streak while the Thunder have won six of their last seven. 

More than that, Holmgren just locked in another entry to his case as this season’s top rookie. 

Big-time ballers

LaMelo Ball has scored 30 points or more in five of his last seven games, much to the delight of LaMelo Ball believers. His team, however, hasn’t seen the fruits of that.

The Hornets have only won one game in that stretch, their latest casualty coming from the hands of the New York Knicks.

Donte DiVincenzo was the Knicks’ big-time baller and, no, there’s no mistake there. The former Warrior and Buck dropped a career-high 25 points on seven 3s versus the Hornets.

Over in Milwaukee, a combined 74 points from Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic weren’t enough to take down the Bucks.

Not when you got Giannis Antetokounmpo on one of his scoring trips. Giannis scored 40, including clutch baskets down the stretch to put away the Mavericks. The Bucks have now won four straight.

What he said 

There’s so much love and respect between SGA and CP3’s family:

Did you see that?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a great start to the season and are currently tied with the Denver Nuggets at the top of the West with a 9-3 win-loss record.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves to bounce back from a loss with this game-winner against the Pelicans:

Extra pass

Western Conference teams with a lot to prove will battle on NBA TV Philippines tomorrow.

The Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz will go at it again, running it back after the Jazz lost by three points versus Phoenix two nights ago. The instant rematch tips off at 9:00 AM.

At 10:30 AM, the Lakers will host the Rockets to avenge their 34-point loss in early November.