The last two outings against Chicago and Charlotte sealed the Falcons’ five-game winning streak. Last night on the floor in Oklahoma City, Trae Young’s teammates found the right way, coming back to win thanks to a generally better controlled end of the game.
In a mostly offensive first half, OKC raced to the lead through the first 12 minutes, led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a series of outside shooters (43-39). The locals stepped up to +7 following a nightmarish 3-pointer from Ousmane Dieng (48-41), but it was Atlanta that was never far away at that point and Dejounte Murray took over on a 14-2 run. stay to lead the debate in turn (50-54).
The two teams, always in high rhythm offensively, continued to blow until halftime, Trae Young’s 2+1, then after two shots, the score was 77-77.
The Hawks’ All-Star guard reignited the fights after returning from the locker room with an alley-oop for Clint Capela, and Atlanta slowly managed to shut down the Thunder. First 10-2 with Aaron Holiday’s 3-pointer (99-102), then 7-2 masterfully managed by Trae Young gave his team the advantage in the 12th minute (104-109).
Confident, the Falcons continued to score the first 10 points of the fourth quarter with two dunks by Jalen Johnson and Onyeka Okongwu, which stunned SGA, on the bench (104-119). His Lightning were able to react quickly to revive the tension (113-119) between Aaron Wiggins’ 3-pointer, Josh Giddey’s two baskets and Jalen Williams’ dunk in transition. That’s when the Young-Murray duo came out heavy with two 3-point baskets to replace Atlanta at +13 and calm the passion of the home fans (115-128).
But it took more time for the Thunder to pull it off. Still down 9 (122-131) after Clint Capela’s layup with less than two minutes left, OKC managed to get back to within a small point after a 10-2 run, this time with a pair of Josh Giddey – Jalen Williams and a layup. Trae Young had the worst time to beat the Hawks (132-133).
So after a John Collins (132-135) layup, OKC had the ball to tie the score, but then Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, looking for a quick 2-point basket, found himself trapped by Dejounte Murray’s good defense, allowing Atlanta . victory (132-137).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– “Dejoute” in defense of Murray. Defensively on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC’s only chance for a tie, the Falcons’ backs didn’t budge. Although SGA wanted to try a quick 2-pointer, Dejounte Murray stayed on his feet and didn’t bite the Thunder star’s tricks. Even better, he countered his opponent’s first attempt, challenged the next hole, and subsequently helped him lose the ball. He didn’t hesitate to leave two shots behind to secure the win. The last turn of the game.
– SGA’s ignorant views. A very interesting fact about this matchup: Trae Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander both had 32 points at the start of the last half. That’s when their respective coaches chose to rest them, and especially at that point, Atlanta went on a 10-0 run to get back to +12. The replay then lay on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, staring off into space as if realizing the match had slipped through his fingers.
– Trae Young’s winning comeback. Norman North High School, south of Oklahoma City, and the regional part of the stage, which was passed by the Sooners of Oklahoma, managed to return to the country every year. After losing his first three games against the Thunder when he arrived in the NBA, the Hawks guard is riding a two-point streak at Paycom Center, including a career-high 41 points and a 33-point, 11-assist performance last season. decisive tonight (despite his 5 turnovers and his +/- -11).
✅ Leave Murray. It’s rare enough to point out, but all Atlanta players can be a part of the “Speakers” as every player contributes, whether it’s starters or four players off the bench who are involved in key moments of the match. . Speaking of highlights, it’s hard not to highlight the work Dejounte Murray did in the finals, his 7 points in the final half, and especially his defense on SGA in the final seconds of the game.
✅ Jalen Williams. Another impressive game for the OKC rookie was highlighted by high efficiency (11/16 shooting) and 4 steals.
✅⛔️ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He still gave off an unsettling impression of composure, and Dejounte wouldn’t have been far from a perfect match without that final sequence in which he was picked off twice by Murray.
✅⛔️ Ousmane Dieng. We haven’t seen him in the NBA since early December. He was aggressive in the 11-minute game, offering himself a three-pointer and a dunk. Unfortunately for French, his passes coincided with big streaks from Atlanta, which tarnished his performance by +/- (-23).
Oklahoma City (23-25): The Thunder will host Cleveland this Friday (2 p.m.).
Atlanta (25-24): The Clippers host scheduled for this Saturday evening (01:30).