Shai Gilgeous-Alexander imposes his law in Minnesota

What a season Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is doing. The guard from Oklahoma is dazzling day after day and last night it was no less in the visit to Minnesota. With 33 points he led his team to victory and, incidentally, signed his sixth consecutive game with at least 30 points. A real barbarity.

Despite the good work of the Thunder star, the match was not easy for his team. It is true that they were ahead in many moments of it, but it is no less so that they reached the last period four points down. That’s when the Timberwolves went under. In a matter of minutes OKC placed them a 16-2 run that put them up to nine points up. Desperation then ran through the locals and spread to the point that they ended up calling eight technical fouls in the match (five against Wolves). Nothing changed. Oklahoma held on ahead until 128-135 with which the night closed.

“The frustrations boiled over. It was not the most mature effort on our part, “says Chris Finch, Minnesota’s head coach, about what he experienced on the parquet.

For the Timberwolves it was a tough loss. It was the second match they played without Karl-Anthony Towns (he will be out for at least a month), and at times they felt they had victory within reach; and that they lost Rudy Gobert in the second quarter when he was ejected.

Without its two starting centers, Minnesota gave up to 30 minutes to a Naz Reid who responded with a double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds. After the match, he regretted the mistakes that led to their defeat. “Sometimes we have stupid turnovers and we know we’re better than that. Things like that cost us the game. We simply have to be better in the future,” he says.

Regarding the rest of the team, the backcourt headline was really good. Anthony Edwards had 26 points and D’Angelo Russell had 27. It wasn’t enough for a Wolves team that have won just one of their last five games and are now 11th in the Western Conference at 11-12.

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