Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's first career triple-double guides Thunder past Timberwolves

Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander triple-double matches National Basketball Association star Russell Westbrook's record with his 20-point and 20-rebound score.

Gilgeous-Alexander entered the game with an average of 23.7 points in his previous 13 games, but he did much more than score in this one, also matching his best career in assists.

Rookie center Naz Reid scored a season-high 20 points off the bench to lead the Timberwolves. OKC has won eight of their last 10 games and Gilgeous-Alexander can lead the way for years to come.

The Thunder took the lead in the second quarter, leading by three at halftime, then took control of the game in the third quarter, leading by as many as 18 points and never letting the T-Wolves make a serious run the rest of the game.

"I thought the third quarter for us was important", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

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"Obviously we need more of all when we have boys who are large parts of this team", said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders. He played for 36 minutes while shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 66.7% from the three-point line. It was the first time in his career he did not record a point or assist in a half in which he played 10 or more minutes. Oklahoma City has been one of the hottest teams over the past five weeks and since beating the Timberwolves in overtime on December 6, the Thunder have gone 14-5 with wins streaks of four and five games.

Jake Layman (Out - Toe): Layman's official timetable to return from injury hasn't been announced.

The Lakers won their third straight game without Anthony Davis, who is out with a bruised backside.

"It was nice to be home, see my house", Muscala said.

"Not too sure", Wiggins said.

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