OKLAHOMA CITY – Thunder has done it again.
Shay Giljus Alexander scored 24 points, and Oklahoma City earned its second straight victory over the Clippers by beating Los Angeles 118-110 on Thursday night.
Le Dort scored 21 points, and Alexei Bokosevsky added 15 points for the Thunder team, which beat the Clippers 108-94 on Tuesday.
It was a breakout game for Dort, who has entered shooting 26% from the field for the season. He made 9 of 15 shots, while the Clippers All-Star’s primary defender Paul George.
“For him, it’s an explosion of good confidence,” Gilgeus Alexander said. “I knew that would happen eventually. If he works hard, and when you work hard and play as hard as he does, good things happen.”
Thunder shot 49.5% of the field.
“We just have to be able to protect the attacking point,” Clippers coach Tyrone Lo said. “They just line us up in private, and the guys are able to get what they want.”
Clippers striker Kawhi Leonard missed both games against Thunder while injuring his right knee. George played Thursday after sitting out Tuesday with an illness and finished with 10 points on 4-12.
Norman Powell led the Clippers with 21 points. Reggie Jackson scored 18 goals and John Wall added 17 goals for Los Angeles, which lost its third in a row.
The Thunder scored 31 points from the Clippers’ 20 turnovers, two days after he scored 23 points from 19 gifts from Los Angeles.
“Our live fluctuations are killing us,” Lu said. “We just have to clean it up.”
The Thunder led 30-12 in the first quarter, but the Clippers ran up and went 60-53 in the first half behind 12 points each for Wall and Jackson.
Thunder coach Mark Dennyault said: “This is a really good team. They won’t give up. And I thought we really came out with a sense of goal and obviously threw the first punch. And that’s a good lesson for us that a good team just isn’t going to accept that.”
Giljus Alexander made his fourth foul 4.6 seconds before the end of the second quarter, and started the second half off the bench. Thunder gathered without him and led 71-70 before returning in the middle of the third quarter. The Thunder led 89-87 heading into fourth.
Wall’s immersion tied the game early in the fourth quarter at 89, but Thunder pulled out late. Pokusevski hit a 3-pointer, then less than a minute later Tre Mann entered a quick 3-pointer break that gave the Thunder 116-104 with 2:55 left.
Oklahoma City did not attempt a free throw until 10:22 remained in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder went 7 for 8 off the streak in the last period.
Daigneault didn’t like the free-throw situation, but he liked the way the game turned out.
And he said, “I wasn’t particularly happy about it, but we got through it. And at the end of the day it’s not easy one way or the other. There are going to be things you have to deal with, things you have to overcome. And I thought we played right tonight. We weren’t distracted. And we just – We kept it and showed it clearly. It was good.”
Glygos Alexander Free Gifts
Gilgeos Alexander made his two free throws on Thursday, leaving him just a short distance from the record for straight thunder, and he made two free throws to start the season.
record holder? Not Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant. Not even George, the former Thunder star. Danilo Gallinari, who opened with 23 games in a row to start the 2019-20 season.
Gilgeous-Alexander has already surpassed the likes of Patrick Patterson (17 during the 2017-18 season) and Kevin Martin (16 during the 2012-13 season). Cory Brewer made his first 17 after being traded in Thunder in 2018.
Clippers: F Marcus Morris dropped his second game in a row due to personal reasons. … the clippers repaid 53.7%. … LA made only 9 of 28 three-pointers.
Thunder: Josh Gedi sat with a right ankle injury. …it went 6 for 10 out of the 3-point range in the first quarter to lead 34-24. They finished 17-for-38 with three throws after losing 4-30 in Tuesday’s game.
Clippers: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
Thunder: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
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