Josh Giddey has notched the primary double-double of his fledgling NBA profession to assist the Oklahoma City Thunder file their first win of the season with a shock 123-115 overcome the Los Angeles Lakers.
Australia’s No.6 draft choose had 18 factors and 10 assists for the inexperienced Thunder, who trailed 41-19 after the primary interval of a match-up that pitted the league’s youngest staff in opposition to its oldest.
Oklahoma City clawed their means again from a 26-point deficit as their offence clicked into gear halfway by means of the second time period.
Giddey impressed together with his imaginative and prescient and passing capacity by means of site visitors and comfortable contact across the basket, however one stray go virtually value his staff dearly within the dying seconds.
The Thunder led 118-115 when Giddey’s inbound go was snatched by Carmelo Anthony, who missed a three-point try that would have despatched the sport to extra time.
Luguentz Dort nailed a pair of free-throws to ice the sport whereas Lakers star Russell Westbrook was ejected after a second technical foul in opposition to his former staff in a feisty end.
All 5 Thunder starters notched double-figure factors tallies, with Giddey’s back-court associate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander main the best way with 27.
The win got here after Mark Daigneault’s staff began the season 0-4 with defeats to Utah, Houston, Philadelphia and Golden State.
Patty Mills had a tough capturing night time because the Brooklyn Nets suffered a 106-93 dwelling loss to the Miami Heat, regardless of a game-high 25 factors from celebrity Kevin Durant.
Mills, who reeled off 10 consecutive three-point makes an attempt throughout the opening two video games of the season, was 0-of-6 from lengthy vary and 1-of-9 from the sphere in opposition to the Heat, contributing simply 4 factors together with 5 assists.
Teammate Joe Harris overtook Jason Kidd because the Nets’ all-time chief for three-pointers, shifting to 816 profitable makes an attempt on 5-of-11 long-range capturing.
But the Heat have been too robust for his or her hosts behind Bam Adebayo’s 24 factors and 17 from Jimmy Butler.
Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 factors and 16 rebounds however the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks misplaced 113-108 to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
Montrezl Harrell (25 factors and 11 rebounds) and Spencer Dinwiddie (22 factors) starred because the Washington Wizards held off the Boston Celtics 116-107.
Trae Young scored 31 factors because the Atlanta Hawks held off the New Orleans Pelicans 102-99, whereas Miles Bridges scored 31 factors because the Charlotte Hornets returned to the win column with a 120-111 victory over the Orlando Magic.