Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's goal was to play a better all-around game.
The Oklahoma City guard made National Basketball Association history in a win vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander triple-double matches National Basketball Association star Russell Westbrook's record with his 20-point and 20-rebound score. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Gilgeous-Alexander also surpassed NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O' Neal as the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double. Gilgeous-Alexander deserves consideration for the Most Improved Player of the Year award. The Thunder were expected to struggle this season after losing Russell Westbrook and Paul George but Gilgeous-Alexander's breakout performances have helped them compete.
The Thunder have won 12 of their last 15 games overall and six of their last seven road games. Although Minnesota held a three points edge after the initial frame, slowly and methodically OKC chipped away at the Wolves and transferred the lead to their side entering the half up by three points.
"I thought the third quarter for us was important", Donovan said. Oklahoma City averages 13.8 turnovers per game and is 13-6 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents. "We had some action, we had a really good ball movement, we had some excellent offensive clips".
The Thunder held Minnesota to just 19 points, using two separate runs of nine and eight points, respectively, to put the game out of reach. Gallinari was 11 for 12 from the free throw line. "I was happy with some of the guys".