Giddey, Randle post triple doubles; Thunder top Knicks in OT | Basketball
By ADRY TORRES – Associated press
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Giddey had a triple-double of 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit, beating New York Knicks 127-123 in overtime. Monday evening.
New York’s Immanuel Quickley had a chance to send the game into a second overtime, but missed a 3-pointer past the Thunder bench.
Giddey, sixth overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, shot 11 of 22 from the field and hit three 3-pointers for the Thunder, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
Tre Mann added 30 points and Darius Bazley added 23 for Oklahoma City.
Julius Randle had a triple-double of 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Knicks, who have lost nine of their last 11 games.
The Knicks led by no less than 11 points in the third quarter before Oklahoma City rallied to take a brief 89-97 lead after a 3-pointer from Bazley with 2:45 left.
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Mann hit a pair of free throws to give Oklahoma City a 106-104 lead with 5:31 left in regulation time before New York’s Evan Fournier capped a 6-0 run with a field goal, extending the lead. New York lead 110-106.
Mann had two free throws to make it 110 with 39 seconds left.
Alec Burks had a chance to win it for New York and fell short before Giddey grabbed the rebound and called time out.
His bouncing inbound pass to Ty Jerome was caught by Fournier, who found Quentin Grimes for a layup with 15 seconds left for a 112-110 lead.
Bazley responded on the other end with a basic drive on the glass, tying the score at 112 and forcing OT.
Giddey and Mann scored the Thunder’s first two baskets in overtime for a 116-112 lead before Fournier followed with a 3-pointer.
Mann got a pair of free throws to make it 126-120 with 14 seconds left and Burks followed with a 3-pointer.
Jerome was fouled on the next possession and missed both free throws, and Quickley failed at the other end on a potential draw 3.
New York got off to a slow start in the first quarter, erasing a seven-point deficit and taking a 62-61 lead at the break. The Knicks shot 24 for 53 from the field, and Randle, Robison and Fournier combined for 38 points.
The Knicks opened the third quarter with a 12-3 run to go up 74-64 with 9:46 remaining before Oklahoma rallied.
Bazley’s second long-range shot on a 9-0 run gave the Thunder an 89-87 lead with a 2:45 lead in the period.
Thunder: Reserve Kendrich Williams outscored New York 8-2 for a two-minute streak that spanned the end of the first quarter and the start of the second. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Knicks: It was Randle’s first triple-double of the season and his seventh as a member of the Knicks. He has 13 in his career. … Randle is the seventh player in franchise history to score at least 28 points in six straight games.
Thunder: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. This is the third meeting of the season between the Spurs and the Thunder, the home team winning each time.
Knicks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. New York lost the first game of the season to rival Crosstown, 112-110, in Brooklyn on November 30.
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