The Oklahoma City Thunder officially handed the keys to the franchise to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander after the team overhauled its roster this past offseason. In his first game as the undisputed no. 1 option, SGA showed just why he is capable of becoming the face of the team.
With their game against the Charlotte Hornets tied at 107, the third-year guard delivered a cold-blooded two-point dagger with 1.4 second remaining to win the game for OKC.
After the game, Shai spoke about the shot that he's added to his offensive repertoire. He admitted that it's a product of the countless reps he puts in during practice, per Brandon Rahbar of the Daily Thunder.
Shai on his game winner: “I have a couple moves I like to go to in iso. And then it’s just read and react. That’s a shot I practice a lot. And it went in.”
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) December 27, 2020
The Hornets made a furious rally to tie the game with 10.3 seconds remaining. They trailed the Thunder by eight points, 103-95, with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter before banking four 3-pointers in the next 30 seconds to tie things up at 107.
With the game threatening to go into overtime, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dribbled up the court, made a nice hesitation move to put his defender on skates, and pulled up for the game-winner. Charlotte missed its chance to win the contest as Oklahoma City opened its new era with a victory.
The 22-year-old had an all-around outing on Saturday night. He finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, while shooting 8-of-20 from the field and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. Gilgeous-Alexander figures to take a big leap as the main man for the Thunder, and Saturday's game should only be the first of many big nights for the young stud this season.