Ice in his veins. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gives the Oklahoma City Thunder their first win of the season in dramatic fashion. His hesitation move and pull-up jumper stopped the Charlotte Hornets' comeback bid in its tracks, 109-107.
Check out the sweet move from SGA right here:
SHAI FOR THE WIN https://t.co/VIOMK6hVWz
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 27, 2020
Shai's late-game heroics couldn't have come at a better time. The Thunder seemingly had the game in the bag after George Hill hit a three-pointer to put them up 13 with 2:13 to play. But suddenly Miles Bridges turned into Stephen Curry in the final minute. He sank three triples in the game's last 25 seconds, including the game-tying three with 10.3 left to play.
But Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had other ideas. His jumper for the win capped off a 24-point night, along with 7 rebounds and 9 assists for OKC. He got some solid support from fellow youngsters Luguentz Dort and Darius Bazley, who each had 15 points. Veteran George Hill nearly had an immaculate night, scoring 21 on 8 of 9 shooting from the field.
The Hornets had a balanced attack on offense this time around. Terry Rozier cooled off from his supernova of a first game where he scored 42 points and 10 threes, ending up with just 19 points in this one. Charlotte had seven players scoring in double figures, including third overall pick LaMelo Ball who closed with a respectable 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Similar to last year, many pundits had low expectations for the Thunder after they lost Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder. But as long as Shai's around, their team still has a fighting chance.