Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander notches his first triple-double
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double, leading Oklahoma City to a 117-104 win over the host Timberwolves on Monday night.
Gilgeous-Alexander came into the night averaging 23.7 points in his previous 13 games but did much more than score in this one, also matching his career best in assists.
Head coach Billy Donovan “had challenged me before the game to fill up the stat sheet more and do more things,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “Because he thought, as well as myself thought, that I was more capable of what I was doing.”
“He’s very tough,” Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins said. “He’s a big guard that can put it on the floor and create for others.”
Gilgeous-Alexander is the fourth second-year player in NBA history to register a 20-20 triple-double. He joins Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Oscar Robertson.
Lakers 128, Cavaliers 99: LeBron James scored 23 of his 31 points in a dominant second half, and Dwight Howard added season highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds as host Los Angeles picked up its ninth consecutive victory.
Blazers 115, Hornets 112: Damian Lillard scored 30 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from nearly half court to end the third quarter, and host Portland handed Charlotte its fifth straight loss.
Magic 114, Kings 112: Aaron Gordon made a three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining, and Orlando prevailed at Sacramento.
Gordon finished with 19 points and nine rebounds in his return to Orlando’s lineup after missing one game with calf tightness.
Celtics 113, Bulls 101: Jayson Tatum scored 21 points, Jaylen Brown added 19 and host Boston coasted.
Pelicans 117, Pistons 110: Lonzo Ball scored five of his 17 points in overtime and New Orleans won in Detroit.
Detroit, which trailed by 16 with 11 minutes to play, tied the game 100-100 on Derrick Rose’s bank shot with 30 seconds left. E’Twaun Moore missed two short jumpers, giving the Pistons the ball with 14 seconds remaining, but Rose missed at the buzzer.
Pacers 101, 76ers 95: T.J. Warren scored 21 points and blocked a late 3-point try that would have given Philadelphia the lead to help host Indiana earn the victory.