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Thunder Strike Back: Giddey’s Triple-Double Ends Skid


  • Josh Giddey notches 11th career triple-double
  • Thunder halt three-game losing streak with a 121-118 win
  • Isaiah Joe’s clutch threes seal the victory

The Oklahoma City Thunder have clawed their way out of a losing streak with a nail-biting 121-118 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Despite missing key players, the Thunder showed resilience and depth to secure the win.

Giddey’s All-Round Mastery

Josh Giddey’s 20 points, 13 assists, and 13 rebounds were pivotal in snapping the Thunder’s three-game skid. His 11th career triple-double underscored his growing reputation as a versatile force on the court.

“We weren’t great in a lot of areas, and it was an ugly one. But at this part of the year, you take the wins you get… Now hopefully we can close out the regular season the right way,” Giddey reflected post-game.

Wiggins and Holmgren Step Up

In the absence of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Williams, Aaron Wiggins erupted for 26 points, while Chet Holmgren added a double-double. Their performances were critical in keeping the team’s momentum alive.

Joe’s Late-Game Heroics

Isaiah Joe wasn’t shy when it mattered most, sinking two crucial 3-pointers in the dying moments, ensuring the Thunder left with the W. His second three, a product of an unconventional pick-and-pop, left the Hornets scrambling defensively.

Thunder coach Mark Diagneault praised the team’s adaptability.

“Hopefully, when we insert Shai and Jalen back in the lineup, they will maintain that confidence,” said Diagneault, eyeing the postseason.

Former Thunder Players Shine for Hornets

Grant Williams and Vasa Micic, now with the Hornets, put up a valiant fight against their former squad. Micic, in particular, dazzled with 17 points and 10 assists, nearly tipping the game in Charlotte’s favor.

The Road Ahead

The win keeps OKC firmly in the playoff conversation, with crucial home games on the horizon. As the regular season winds down, the Thunder’s ability to pull through without key players bodes well for their depth and resilience come playoff time.

Closing Moments

Charlotte’s late rally fell short as Brandon Miller’s buzzer-beater attempt missed its mark. The Hornets will rue the missed opportunities, particularly from deep, where they struggled throughout the game.

The Thunder’s victory is a testament to their collective effort and strategic ingenuity. With the playoffs in sight, OKC’s ability to win under pressure is a promising sign for what’s to come.

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