The Thunder lost to the home-team Mavericks with a score of 102-104. The Mavericks held off the Thunder this time as Jalen Brunson made the game-winning free throws. Nevertheless, the Thunder looked decent this game but unfortunately couldn’t get the job done. Here is the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Recap.
Darius Bazley Performance
Bazley had been on fire recently but he was back to his usual ways this time. As a starter, he stunk it up in his 18 minutes of play time and put up just two points, six boards, one assist, one steal and a block on 1/8 shooting. Over the last month, Bazley had been averaging 10.7 points, 6.8 boards, one assist, 0.4 steals and 1.4 blocks on 47% from the field and 75% from the line, so the move to the bench had actually been helping him a lot. Bazley has struggled mightily as a starter so coming off the bench permanently should be beneficial. Maybe he won’t start in the next one.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Performance
It was another day in the office for Gilgeous-Alexander. He poured in 34 points, six boards, five dimes and two swipes on a solid 11/18 shooting and 11/12 from the line. He only shot 1/4 from three but who cares with a solid night like this? Anyways, Gilgeous-Alexander has been on a tear recently. Over the last week, he had been averaging 30 points, 5.8 boards, 7.3 dimes, 1.3 steals and one block a game on 56% from the field and 87% from the line. There’s not much else to say because OKC fans are used to his patented stellar performances.
Lu Dort Performance
Dort had a well-rounded line against the Mavericks. He finished with a line of 18 points, seven boards, two assists, one steal and one block on 7/14 shooting from the field, 2/5 from three and 2/2 from the line. Over the last week, he had been averaging 19.8 points, four boards, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks on 46% from the field, 93% from the line and three threes a game. He’s been on fire lately and his shooting has seen a major improvement. Over the course of the season, he has been shooting just 40% from the field so his recent hot streak is definitely getting him going. Expect him to continue being one of the best two-way players in the league.
Josh Giddey Performance
For what feels like forever, Giddey had just an okay game. He finished with a line of 10 points, six boards, five assists and one steal on 4/10 shooting and 2/4 from three. Giddey has been averaging 13.3 points, 1.9 threes, 7.4 rebounds, six assists, one steal and 0.1 blocks on 49% from the field and 100% from the line. The guy has been a stat-stuffing beast and what’s even wilder is that the guy is just a rookie getting his feet wet in the NBA. What a talent he is and congrats to the Thunder for taking a chance on the kid. Expect Giddey to pick it up after this game because he’s definitely capable of putting more absurd lines than this one.