Friday, March 31, 2023

NBA: Thunder lean on young duo to best Warriors

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points and Josh Giddey had a career-high 17 assists in a triple-double to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 137-128 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
The duo helped the Thunder overcome a 40-point game from the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who was 10 of 16 on 3-pointers. Oklahoma City has won three consecutive games since losing five straight after the All-Star break. The Warriors had won eight consecutive games over the Thunder, including both prior meetings this season.
Giddey assisted on five of the Thunder’s first seven baskets in the fourth quarter, and he scored one other. Giddey finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh career triple-double and third this season. Gilgeous-Alexander was 14 of 24 from the field as Oklahoma City shot 53.2 percent.
Klay Thompson scored 23 points for Golden State while Jonathan Kuminga added 21. Early in the fourth, the Warriors pulled within three points before the Thunder took control again with a 14-2 run.
Lakers 112, Grizzlies 103
Anthony Davis tallied 30 points and a season-high 22 rebounds as Los Angeles continued its late-season playoff push by beating visiting Memphis.
Dennis Schroder, Rui Hachimura and Austin Reaves each scored 17 points as the Lakers improved to 5-2 since the All-Star break and to 3-2 since LeBron James was lost with a right foot tendon injury.
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 26 points and Tyus Jones added 16 as the Grizzlies fell to 0-2 since Ja Morant departed the team following his participation in a live social-media video in which he appeared to be holding a gun.
Wizards 119, Pistons 117
Daniel Gafford scored on a putback as time expired, and Washington handed host Detroit its ninth straight loss.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points and seven rebounds.
Jaden Ivey led Detroit with 26 points and 12 assists. James Wiseman had 21 points, and Marvin Bagley III and Eugene Omoruyi added 15 apiece. The game was originally scheduled to be played Feb. 1 but was postponed after the Pistons got stuck in Dallas due to poor weather conditions.
Mavericks 120, Jazz 116
Kyrie Irving scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help Dallas withstand a challenge by short-handed Utah in a home victory.
Luka Doncic added 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Tim Hardaway Jr. fired in seven 3-pointers en route to 24 points as Dallas closed out a six-game homestand with a victory.
Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 33 points of his own and Talen Horton-Tucker added 21 in a starting role. Kris Dunn contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench in Utah’s fourth straight loss.


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