Five takeaways from the Thunder's win against the Suns
The Thunder didn’t need a miraculous comeback to beat the Suns on Friday night. Here are five takeaways from Oklahoma City’s 126-108 win against Phoenix:
Shai Gillgeous-Alexander calmly stepped back into a 3-pointer. He backpedaled down the floor holding three fingers in the air.
Gilgeous-Alexander showed off his 3-point stroke and his signature scoop shot in the Thunder’s win. The second-year guard shot 13-of-18 from the floor. He made both of his 3-point looks, the second coming on the stepback shot with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
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Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 32 points.
Phoenix point guard Ricky Rubio countered with 24 points.
Fouls, fouls, fouls
Neither side was a fan of the officiating Friday night.
The Thunder and Suns combined for 52 fouls. Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari and Aron Baynes all picked up technical fouls.
Despite the high frequency of fouls, the free throw numbers weren’t overwhelming.
The Thunder shot 21-of-23 from the foul line. The Suns were 18-of-21.
Third quarter offense
The Thunder outscored the Suns 44-41 in the third quarter.
It was an offensive showcase. The Thunder shot 73 percent from the floor and crossed the century mark before the fourth quarter began.
The Suns have been small all season with Deandre Ayton out. Baynes is Phoenix’s only strong-bodied center. He and Frank Kaminsky were bullied by Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel.
The Thunder centers combined to shoot 9-of-12 while disrupting several shots at the rim.
Protecting the home floor
Coming off the longest road trip of the season, the Thunder has started a five-game home stand with three wins — against Chicago, Memphis and Phoenix.
Next up for the Thunder is a 6 p.m. Sunday home game against Paul George and the Clippers.