Shai and Jalen Williams finish for the Kings
The Thunder recovered from the setback against the Mavericks with an important and convincing win. Daigneault's team won the game against the Sacramento Kings 127-113, a score that kept them atop the very narrow West with only a half-game separating the Timberwolves, the leaders, and their three closest pursuers.
The key to OKC's win was a 16-0 run early in the second half, which went from 72-66 to 88-66 and a game that had been relatively even was almost on the verge of being resolved. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander served as the manager of this remarkable stretch of basketball, scoring or assisting the majority of baskets, allowing his team to open up a gap that would grow to 24 points soon after and which would practically tie the game. A story. Despite the fact that the Kings were able to close the gap in the fourth quarter, the gap was already too large to close completely.
But the Thunder did not live on those three minutes alone, as they produced a great image throughout large parts of the night thanks to the ability of Shai and Jalen Williams to direct the operations. They both combined for a total of 70 goals, of which 38 were signed by the Canadian and 32 by Canada A student in his second year of studiesThey distributed 16 assists between them, also shining as generators for their teammates and continuing to assert themselves as one of the most dangerous duos at the moment.
On the other hand, the Kings once again revolved around Domantas Sabonis, who recorded 21 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, numbers that only Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic have achieved this season. However, the center did not find the necessary support in his teammates in the starting lineup, who combined for a weak 4/21 in threes and no one among them, not even DeAaron Fox who remained with 15 points, was able to take the necessary step forward.
The assistance came mainly from the bench, from Malik Monk, who was the visitors' top scorer with 26 points. For his part, Davion Mitchell tried to push the team forward in an exciting final quarter, in which 11 of his 14 goals came and the difference on the scoreboard was reduced to 7 points, but his appearance was not enough to reverse the dynamics of the collapse that had been almost determined several minutes before.
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