Electric Comeback Leads OKC to Crucial Game 4 Win

On Monday night, it was the NBA MVP runner-up who came through in the clutch to lift his team to a crucial victory. Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves down by as many as 14 points to the Dallas Mavericks. However, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wouldn’t be denied.

Gilgeous-Alexander was remarkable in the fourth quarter — scored or assisted on 20 of OKC’s final 30 points — registering 10 points and four assists in the final 12 minutes. Overall, SGA finished with 34 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Late in the fourth, the star guard scored on four consecutive possessions — including one shot that went over the backboard — to bring the Thunder level with the Mavs.

“He was unbelievable,” Mavs star Luka Doncic said. “He kept making shots, and maybe at some point we got to send double-teams. He’s just too good.”

“There’s some points in the game I’m doing the same thing you guys are doing — just kind of being a fan of what he’s doing and, when some of those shots go in, just kind of making a face like, ‘That’s crazy,'” said Chet Holmgren. “But he’s been doing it all year. I’ve seen him do it since I got here, and that’s just who he is. Tough-shot maker, but he does a lot more out there for us than just that.”

Holmgren may have been amazed by his teammate’s performance, but the young center put together quite the game himself. Overall, Holmgren finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. After trailing by 11 at halftime, OKC outscored Dallas by 15 in the second half to pull off a 100-96 win. The series will now shift back to Oklahoma City for Game 5.