Gilgeous-Alexander Thunder dominate Spurs
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads Thunder to victory with 28 points and 7 steals, breaking team record with 19 steals.
The Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the San Antonio Spurs in a 123-87 victory on Tuesday night. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 28 points and a career-high seven steals, setting a Thunder record with 19 steals in total. The team capitalized on San Antonio's 25 turnovers, scoring 23 points off of them. The game also showcased two of the league's top rookies, Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren, with Wembanyama finishing with eight points and 14 rebounds, and Holmgren contributing nine points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
In another game, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 132-126, snapping the 76ers' eight-game winning streak. Tyrese Haliburton had an outstanding performance with 33 points and 15 assists, while Obi Toppin added 27 points. Unfortunately, the game was marred by an injury to Jalen Smith, who was taken to the hospital for evaluation after suffering a head injury.
Elsewhere, the Miami Heat continued their winning streak with a 111-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, led by Jimmy Butler's season-high 32 points. The Atlanta Hawks also secured a win, defeating the Detroit Pistons 126-120, with Dejounte Murray contributing 32 points and nine assists.
The New Orleans Pelicans broke a five-game losing streak with a 131-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks, as Brandon Ingram and rookie Jordan Hawkins each scored 25 points. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Orlando Magic 124-104, with Spencer Dinwiddie leading the way with 29 points. The Utah Jazz also emerged victorious with a 115-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, powered by Jordan Clarkson's 30 points and Lauri Markkanen's 21 points and nine rebounds.
In other games, the Denver Nuggets edged out the Los Angeles Clippers 111-108, with Nikola Jokic's impressive performance of 32 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves secured a 104-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors, led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 33 points. Lastly, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 134-107, with D'Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura leading the way with 24 and 23 points, respectively.
Overall, it was an action-packed night in the NBA, with several standout performances and exciting matchups.