Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stars in OT as Thunder sweep Warriors


Chet Holmgren hit a game-tying 3-pointer in regulation and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 10 of his 40 points in overtime as the Oklahoma City Thunder swept two games from the Golden State Warriors with a 130-123 victory on Saturday night in San Francisco.

Holmgren finished with a season-best 36 points and Jalen Williams had 22 for the Thunder, who used 19 3-pointers and 59.4 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc to outgun the Warriors 128-109 on Thursday.

This time, the visitors made just eight 3-pointers, instead taking advantage of Holmgren’s height.

Chris Paul countered Gilgeous-Alexander’s first hoop of overtime with a 3-pointer to give the Warriors one final lead at 120-119 before the Thunder star hit three mid-range shots and a layup.

Andrew Wiggins went 5 of 8 on 3-pointers as he scored a season-high 31 points for Golden State, which got Stephen Curry back from a two-game absence due to a sore knee.

Curry also hit five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points.

The Thunder were able to send the game into overtime when Holmgren caught an inbounds pass in the left corner with 1.6 seconds remaining and buried a 3-pointer for a 117-all tie.

The shot stole the hero’s crown from Wiggins, who turned a Kevon Looney offensive rebound into a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to go.

The Warriors led by as many as 18 midway through the third quarter before the Thunder drew to within two at the end of the period, then into a tie with 7:35 left in the fourth.

Holmgren also had 10 rebounds as the Thunder won their fourth straight game. Josh Giddey chipped in with 11 points and Isaiah Joe 10.

Looney led all rebounders with 16 boards for the Warriors, who dropped their sixth game in a row and their second straight without suspended Draymond Green.

Paul finished with 12 points, 11 assists and three steals, while Klay Thompson had 16 points and Jonathan Kuminga 13.