Gilgeous-Alexander's Clutch Jumper Seals Thunder's Thrilling Win Over Nuggets!

The Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off a dramatic victory against the Denver Nuggets, winning 118-117, thanks to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's stunning turnaround jumper in the final seconds.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Gilgeous-Alexander's Clutch Jumper Seals Thunder's Thrilling Win Over Nuggets!
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The Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off a dramatic victory against the Denver Nuggets, winning 118-117, thanks to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's stunning turnaround jumper in the final seconds.

Thunder's Comeback and Holmgren's Block Party

The Thunder's victory was a team effort, marked by standout performances.

Jalen Williams led the scoring for Oklahoma City with 24 points, but it was rookie Chet Holmgren who stole the show with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high nine blocks. Holmgren's defensive prowess was on full display, falling just one block short of a triple-double.

Reflecting on his performance, Holmgren quipped, “If I didn’t let Jamal Murray dunk on me in the first quarter, I would have gotten the 10”.
Despite strong efforts from Nikola Jokic, who notched 24 points and 12 assists, and Michael Porter Jr.

with 20 points, the Nuggets couldn’t maintain their lead. Denver, missing guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope due to concussion protocol, saw their three-game winning streak end and faced their second loss in 12 home games at the Ball Arena.

Denver’s coach Michael Malone expressed his disappointment post-game, highlighting missed opportunities: “That’s a game we should have won. If we take care of the ball and we get a few stops, we win that game”.

A Nail-Biting Finish

The game's climax was a rollercoaster of emotions. Denver led 111-103 with just over three minutes left, but a determined 9-2 run by the Thunder, capped by Holmgren's alley-oop dunk, brought them within one point.

The teams traded scores in the tense final minutes, with Gilgeous-Alexander ultimately sealing the deal for Oklahoma City with his last-second heroics. Gilgeous-Alexander, who had scored a season-low seven points in their previous meeting and only seven in the first half of this game, turned the tables in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 crucial points.

“I tried not to race the ball up the floor too fast, tried to take a little time off the clock and shoot at the last second,” Gilgeous-Alexander said of the last play. “I just tried to get to something that I shot many times, something I was comfortable shooting”.

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