Thunder Make a Resounding Statement by Sweeping Pelicans in Playoffs

Thunder Make a Resounding Statement by Sweeping Pelicans in Playoffs

Qualified for the play-offs for the first time in four years, the Thunder logically “swept” New Orleans (4-0) and thus validated their ticket for the conference semi-finals in the West, a stadium that the franchise of Oklahoma City had not reached since 2016, when the squad was still led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook…

This year, it is in the wake of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a handful of very promising young players that the Thunder defy the odds, a dynamic that the New Orleans players were unable to stem. Beaten by more than twenty points during matches 2 and 3, they showed much greater resistance during match 4 on the night of Monday to Tuesday, in vain: after a very tight first half (44- 43), and while they still led by 5 points (75-80) 8 minutes from the buzzer, the Pelicans then suffered lightning in a one-sided “money time”.

Josh Giddey (14 points), discreet for three quarters, first allowed the Thunder to regain control of the match (83-82) by scoring three long-distance shots. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24 points, 10 rebounds) then took charge of keeping his team in the lead with two acrobatic baskets, before Jalen Williams (24 points, 8 rebounds) definitively dampened the hopes of the locals by scoring two shots to three points (93-82). Mass was said.

Particularly impressive in defense, the young guns of the Thunder made life difficult throughout the series for CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram, invisible (2/14 on shots) during match 4, and took advantage of the absence due to injury of Zion Williamson to sweep the Pelicans without much difficulty.

They confirm their status as contenders and advance to the second round of the play-offs, where they will face the winner of the duel between the Mavericks and the Clippers (2-2 in the series).

2024-04-30 05:08:14
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