Brett Dawson analysis: Big Three lifts Thunder over Knicks 129-120

Brett Dawson analysis: Big Three lifts Thunder over Knicks 129-120

Jalen Williams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren came up big as the Thunder held off the Knicks and won on the second night of a back-to-back. Brett Dawson has more from Paycom Center.

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Dec 27, 2023, 11:30pm CST

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Dec 27, 2023, 11:30pm CST

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jalen Williams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 36 points Wednesday night, and that duo combined with Chet Holmgren to score 34 in the fourth quarter as OKC held off the New York Knicks 129-120 on the second night of a back-to-back. 

I look at the J-Dub/Chet pairing and look ahead to a brutal upcoming schedule and how Mark Daigneault’s rotations in the first half against New York might be a precursor for things to come. 

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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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