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Giddey’s Thunder earn third-straight win

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed Josh Giddey how it was done, notching a triple-double as the pair combined to give Oklahoma City a third-straight NBA win.

Giddey came close to becoming the youngest to achieve the feat in the NBA in his past two games, falling two points and five rebounds shy respectively.

The Australian 19-year-old never threatened the mark in the Thunder’s impressive 108-94 win over Denver, but still impressed with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block with only one turnover.

It was Gilgeous-Alexander’s night against the Nuggets, the guard’s 27 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists enough for a second-career NBA triple-double.

The Thunder, tipped by most to struggle in a rebuilding year, improved to 11-19 with a third consecutive win and arguably their most dominant, against a side who entered with a 15-14 record good enough for fifth in the Western Conference.

The hosts led by as many as 22 – more than they have against any team all season – in the third quarter to force Nuggets star and reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic (13 points, seven rebounds) to the bench.

A fourth-quarter Nuggets run saw them get within three baskets of the Thunder, before Gilgeous-Alexander snuffed out hopes with a pair of neat assists.

“We weren’t that good at it, they made runs, we weren’t playing our best basketball but with that being said we got a W,” he said of his side’s composure with a big lead.

“I just tried to make the right basketball play, it got a bit sticky there in the last quarter, we’ve got to try and get better at that.

“The biggest thing with us is coming in every day, trying to get better because we know we’re not where we want to be right now.”

The Thunder will back-up against the conference-leading Phoenix Suns 25-5) on Friday (AEDT).

Meanwhile Jrue Holiday (24 points, 10 assists) and Kris Middleton (23 points, six assists) led Milwaukee past Houston 126-106.

Orlando moved to seven wins, two clear of last-placed Detroit, with their 104-98 upset of a depleted Atlanta despite Cam Reddish’s 34 points.

Jalen Brown scored 34 points and Robert Williams had 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in Boston’s 111-101 win over Cleveland.

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