NEW YORK (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 factors to steer the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to a 129-116 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
Gilgeous-Alexander was one in all six gamers to complete in double-figure scoring for the Thunder, who received their third straight and beat Brooklyn for the fifth consecutive time.
Hamidou Diallo completed with 25 factors, Al Horford had 22, George Hill added 14, and Lugentz Dort and Isaiah Roby had 13 every.
Kevin Durant scored 36 factors to steer Brooklyn, which misplaced its second straight. Caris LeVert added 21 factors, Jarrett Allen had 15 factors and 10 rebounds, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 12.
Durant had sat out Brooklyn’s earlier three video games — a stretch wherein the Nets received two of three — as a result of league’s quarantine coverage after being uncovered to COVID-19.
Halfway by way of the third quarter, Durant drove previous Darius Bazley and flipped in a layup as he drew a foul. As Durant strolled to the free-throw line, a annoyed Bazely disgustedly fired the ball off the stanchion.
The three-point play gave Brooklyn a 74-69 lead. It didn’t final, as Oklahoma Metropolis went on a 25-7 run to complete the quarter with a 94-81 benefit. The Thunder saved the strain on within the fourth, as they opened the quarter with a Diallo dunk and a 17-foot jumper sandwiched round a three-pointer from Theo Maledon.
Nets: Regardless of the return of Durant, Brooklyn was not at full power as Kyrie Irving missed his third straight recreation as a result of an undisclosed challenge, which is believed to be the guard’s misery over the riot on the Capitol on Wednesday. Throughout his pregame availability, Nets first-year coach Steve Nash mentioned Irving and the crew have been in communication however declined to supply specifics, saying the talks are “a non-public matter.” Irving had began Brooklyn’s first seven video games, averaging 27.1 , 6.1 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. “I don’t fear about (Irving) falling out of rhythm,” Nash mentioned. “He’s an excellent basketball participant.”
Thunder: Oklahoma Metropolis was coming off of a 101-89 rout of the New York Knicks on Friday night time at Madison Sq. Backyard. Coming into Sunday night time’s recreation, opponents have been outscoring the Thunder by a mean of 6.1 factors per recreation, whereas Brooklyn ranked third within the league in scoring with a mean of 118.8 factors per recreation. “Tactically,” rookie ahead Aleksej Pokusevski mentioned throughout his pregame availability, “now we have to be there.” They have been because the Thunder restricted Brooklyn to seven second likelihood factors and 9 quick break factors.
Thunder: Start a 4 recreation homestand Tuesday night time towards San Antonio.
Nets: Hosts Denver on Tuesday night time.