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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 43 when the Thunder defeated the Cavaliers

  • November 10, 2023

Nov 8, 2023; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cason Wallace (22) drives to the basket near Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the second quarter at Paycom Center.
A photo: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a season-high 43 points to lead the league Oklahoma City Thunder 128-120 victory over The Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

I Thunder they ended their six-game homestand with a 3-3 record, winning their last two games. Oklahoma swept the two-game season series with a The Cavaliers.

Gilgeous-Alexander came within one point of matching his career high in scoring.

I Thunder led by 14 early in the fourth quarter before Cleveland stormed back to pull within 4, 108-104, just past midway through the fourth.

But the Cavs couldn’t get any closer, and a few minutes later, the Thunder also scored eight straight points – including a three-pointer by Gilgeous-Alexander and one by Jalen Williams assisted by Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with seven rebounds and six assists.

Williams and Chet Holmgren each added 15 points and Luguentz Dort and Cason Wallace had 14 apiece as Oklahoma City shot 51.2 percent from the field.

Caris LeVert led the Cavs with 29 points while Evan Mobley added 22 and Donovan Mitchell 20.

Mitchell was just 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Cleveland shot 50.6 percent from the floor but just 73 percent from the free throw line, making one fewer free throws than Thunder despite trying seven more.

After shooting nearly 11 free throws per game last year, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged just over five at the start of the season.

Against Cleveland, however, Gilgeous-Alexander attacked early and was rewarded, finishing 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Gilgeous-Alexander had not attempted more than nine free throws in any of his first six games of the season.

Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City built a 16-3 run. Holmgren started the stretch with a 3-pointer and a dunk.

I Thunder he built a lead with leverage The Cavaliers turnovers, as Darius Garland had five of Cleveland’s nine turnovers in the first quarter. Oklahoma City scored 17 points in those nine games.

-Field Level Media