Giddey digs into ‘bag of tricks’ as Thunder stun contender; Warriors sink to 60-year low: NBA Wrap

Josh Giddey’s Thunder have stunned a powerhouse, while the Warriors were embarrassed in a 60-year low.

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GIDDEY’S THUNDER STUN NETS

Fri, 14 Jan

Friday January 14th

The Oklahoma City Thunder have pulled off one of the most unlikely of upsets, defeating the Brooklyn Nets on the road 130-109 on Friday (all times AEDT) despite the powerhouse missing Kyrie Irving (unvaccinated), Kevin Durant and Patty Mills (both rested).

Josh Giddey produced another big performance, racking up 19 points, three triples and seven assists. What was most encouraging was that the Aussie star attempted a career-high 11 shots from outside the arc as he looks to further develop that part of his game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the real hero for OKC in the contest, scoring 21 of his 33 points in the first half to put the Thunder ahead early and give his team confidence and momentum. He also finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Elsewhere, Lu Dort (27 points, six triples) played well for the Thunder, while James Harden recorded 26 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, three steal and three blocks for Brooklyn.

It saw OKC end a five-game losing streak to improve to 14-27 on the season.

WARRIORS SINK TO 60-YEAR LOW

The Golden State Warriors have been blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks 118-99 on Friday behind a monster triple-double performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Bucks superstar racked up 30 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and three blocks in 30 minutes to lead his team to a commanding statement win over their fellow contender

So one-sided was the 77-38 half-time result that it marked Golden State’s biggest deficit at the main break since the franchise moved to California in 1962-63, per ESPN Stats and Info. It was also the Warriors’ biggest loss for the season.

“Just looked at the Warriors score. The f**k?” Slate writer Jordan Weissmann tweeted.

Andrew Wiggins posted a team-high 16 points for Golden State, while Steph Curry (12 points on 4-of-11 shooting) was well held.

It comes amid a brutal stretch for the Warriors, incidentally as they welcomed back Klay Thompson from a two and a half season absence, having now dropped four of their last five games including four in a row on the road. But they’ve felt the absence of Draymond Green (calf) in their last three games.

Despite its struggles, Golden State still has the second best record in the NBA at 30-11.

It shows that even the best teams have their down stretches. But things won’t get any easier for Steve Kerr’s team as it come ups against the Chicago Bulls, sitting first in the Eastern Conference, on the road on Saturday.

Meanwhile, it continues Milwaukee’s impressive turnaround after several key absences early in the season due to injuries and players in the NBA’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Khris Middleton (23 points, five rebounds, seven assists) and Bobby Portis (20 points, seven boards) also played well for the Bucks as the team improved to 27-17.

ALL RESULTS

WARRIORS 98 BUCKS 118

TIMBERWOLVES 106 GRIZZLIES 116

CLIPPERS 89 PELICANS 113

THUNDER 130 NETS 109

Soruce: https://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/nba-2022-golden-state-warriors-v-milwaukee-bucks-steph-curry-giannis-antetokounmpo-scores-results-updates-highlights-videos/news-story/fb767c8ce41e4cc3c7544a542806f1f1

By Malvi