Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

FILE – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dribbles against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first quarter of a game played at the Target Center on October 19, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. David Berding/Getty Images/AFP

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 17 points in a decisive run to finish Sunday afternoon’s third quarter for the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, who made a red-shot effort to top the New York Knicks’ historic first quarter and win 145-135. victory.

Gilgeous-Alexander finished the game with 37 points and Josh Giddey had a triple-double (24 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) with 62.5 percent (88/55). The franchise moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season.

Additionally, his 145 points were the Thunder’s top scorers in regulation since they beat the Utah Jazz 148-147, twice in overtime on February 22, 2019, and Oklahoma City’s 148-124 win. Cleveland Cavaliers on January 20, 2018.

Luguentz Dort scored 24 points, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (17 points) and Aleksej Pokusevski (12 points) scored twice in the Thunder’s double digits.

Julius Randle had a double-double (25 points, 10 rebounds) for the Knicks who scored 48 points—the highest ever in the first quarter—before the Thunder caught fire. Oklahoma City’s shooting percentage is the highest by a New York rival since the Toronto Raptors shot 65 percent on target in a 131-113 victory on April 14, 2010.

145 points was the most allowed by the Knicks since their 151-145 triple overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on December 27, 2006, and the most surrendered since a 145-129 defeat to the then Kansas City Kings was the number. December 8, 1979.

Cam Reddish scored 26 points and Immanuel Quickley scored 24 points from the bench for the Knicks, who changed the last seven games with a win. Jalen Brunson scored 17 points, Isaiah Hartenstein 14 and Obi Toppin 10 points.

The Knicks took a 48-36 lead, but the Thunder closed the second quarter up 79-73 on a 24-12 run. New York scored three points in the third quarter before Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City 122-106 into the fourth quarter with a 26-13 streak. The home team did not come closer than eight in the last 12 minutes.

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