OKC Thunder get their biggest win of the season vs 76ers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Oklahoma City Thunder fell on National Television against the Miami Heat as Jimmy Butler shot 23 free throws, and the Heat made all 40 of the freebies granted to them. That was a tough pill for OKC to swallow, and the majority of the fanbase was licking their wounds and looking ahead to the end of this East coast trip that sees the OKC Thunder go to Philly and Chicago on a back-to-back and end in Brooklyn.

It felt like the Heat loss was the start of a slide, with no big to tame Joel Embiid, a scheduled loss to Chicago due to the quick turnover, and taking on the Nets albeit without Kevin Durant before two off days to breathe.

The OKC Thunder made a statement with their biggest road win of the season, and pull without a half-game out of the NBA Play-In

However, that is not what happened. The Oklahoma City Thunder showed great resilience, coming out with a sense of urgency to fight through adversity and set the tone. OKC did just that, but through one quarter had made no progress on the scoreboard as the 76ers and Thunder were tied after the first frame.

In the second quarter, OKC made their run and grew a ten-point lead entering their best quarter of the season. However, this is when we learned the most about this young Thunder team.

The 76ers made their run, going on a 10-0 run that saw them tie it then eventually grow a four-point lead of their own. Despite OKC being the youngest team in the NBA, and the second youngest team in league history, despite being a bad road team, and despite playing Eastern Conference contenders,  they took this counterpunch from Philly and gained the lead right back.

That still was not the last of the sixers though, Philadelphia made another run in the middle of the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game before the Thunder threw the knockout punch to go on to win the contest 133-114 for the most impressive win of the season thus far.

OKC now holds a 19-23 record, just a half-game out of the Western Conference Play-In tournament, and heads over to Chicago to complete the back-to-back.

This young Thunder team saw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continue to be a superstar posting 37 points, eight rebounds, six assists, a steal, and two blocks on 62 percent shooting from the floor and 16-for-16 at the charity stripe with just one turnover.

His backcourt mate, Josh Giddey, had 20 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and a steal. The Sophomore was not the only young player that dominated in this game.

Jaylin Williams had his best NBA game going for 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, and only missing two shots while his namesake fellow rookie, Jalen Williams, posted 14 points, four assists, five rebounds, a steal, and a massive chase down block.

Tre Mann poured in 14 points to make it five OKC Thunder players in double-figures, and this Oklahoma City squad made a statement. They are coming.

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