Brett Dawson analysis: OKC falls in a battle for the Western Conference lead

Brett Dawson analysis: OKC falls in a battle for the Western Conference lead

A big night from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wasn’t enough to overcome the Timberwolves’ defense — and some obvious fatigue — as the Thunder lost at home Monday in a battle for first place in the Western Conference.

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Jan 30, 2024, 6:45am CST

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Jan 30, 2024, 6:45am CST

The Thunder looked tired, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 37 points weren’t enough to lift it past the Timberwolves on Monday. Minnesota left Oklahoma City with a hard-fought 107-101 and first place in the Western Conference. OKC was left in need of rest — with another huge game looming. 

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Brett Dawson, the Thunder beat writer at Sellout Crowd, has covered basketball for more than 20 seasons at the pro and college levels. He previously worked the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman and The Athletic and also has covered the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. He’s covered college programs at Louisville, Illinois and Kentucky, his alma mater. He taught sports journalism for a year at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. You can reach him at [email protected] or find him sipping a stout or an IPA at one of Oklahoma City’s better breweries.

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