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‘Like a March Madness’: Thunder’s Lu Dort nets winner, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has career high vs. Spurs

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career night, but it was Luguentz Dort who found himself at the bottom of a Thunder dogpile. 

Gilgeous-Alexander, with 42 points, was surprisingly the inbounder with 3.9 seconds left and the Thunder and Spurs tied 99-99. 

Gilgeous-Alexander lobbed a pass to Al Horford, who drove the lane and kicked out to a wide open Dort in the corner. 

Dort fell backwards onto the court when he knew his 3-pointer was pure. 

The Thunder beat the Spurs 102-99 at the buzzer on Wednesday night, and the celebration was on. 

Dort outstretched his arms and legs, waiting to embrace the teammates who were sprinting toward him. Gilgeous-Alexander and Bazley were the first on the pile. 

“It really felt like a March Madness, buzzer-beater type,” Horford said. “You’re running and emotions are running high. A lot of energy. A lot of joy.” 

In normal times, Chesapeake Energy Arena would’ve roared. 

“They were all yelling in my face,” Dort said. “Baze was really close to my face and I was trying to get him away from my face. It just felt great just seeing my teammates happy for me and seeing everybody happy that we won.” 

Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said the final play was designed to be a two-man game between Gilgeous-Alexander and Horford, but the aggressive Spurs closed down that option. 

“Once I saw that (Jakob) Poeltl overplayed I just decided to go to the basket,” Horford said. “As soon as I saw Lu’s defender commit, the ball was out and he made a huge shot.” 

Dort said it was his first-ever game winner. 

“It felt good when it left my hand, and I was just staring at the ball the whole time,” Dort said. “When it dropped in, I just dropped too.” 

Here are four other takeaways from the game: 

Playing like an All-Star

Gilgeous-Alexander put his hands on his knees and struck a pose. 

The Thunder guard had snaked around a Horford screen and swished a 3-pointer through a foul from Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV. Gilgeous-Alexander stepped to the free throw line and converted the 4-point play in the third quarter. 

The 22-year-old guard tallied his 34th point — a career high — with three minutes left in the third quarter. He scored 21 points in the third quarter on just five shots. 

He was 5-of-5 from the floor, 3-of-3 from deep and 8-of-9 from the free throw line in a near-immaculate quarter. Gilgeous-Alexander capped the quarter by racing coast to coast for a finger roll that beat the buzzer. 

“I wasn’t quite paying attention,” Horford said, “and then I saw he had like 34 and I was like, ‘Wow.’ He was just picking his spots. If you watched the game, he was distributing a lot. He was passing a lot, he was making the right plays and probably should’ve had more assists, but his passes led to assists a lot of the time … He played an unbelievable game.” 

Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 42 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 13-of-20 shooting. He was 6-of-11 from 3-point range and 10-of-11 from the free throw line.

“I wouldn’t have known how much I had if my teammates weren’t telling me,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I was so locked into the game, honestly just trying to win. Big nights are huge, but personally if we didn’t win tonight I wouldn’t feel close to what I feel right now.” 

Gilgeous-Alexander bested his previous career high by nine points, and his 42-point game came a day after not being named an All-Star. 

Gilgeous-Alexander was asked if Wednesday was a statement game related to that. 

“Not at all,” he said. “I just felt good tonight, and I didn’t like the way we ended last game (a loss to the Heat).

“There was no extra push or anything like that. Just me trying to get a win.” 

Daigneault said last week that Gilgeous-Alexander “certainly looks like an All-Star.” 

“The only thing I’ll add to that is I think what makes Shai special is, at least when I’m out there with him in competition, he’s not a guy that’s chasing accolades,” Daigneault said. “He’s not chasing status. He’s not chasing those sorts of things when he’s in the heat of battle.

“He probably could’ve tried to force and get 50 tonight, and instead he took what the defense gave him all the way throughout the game. Ultimately does it yield an All-Star appearance this year? No. But is he winning the long game and is he developing a winning moxie as a lead guard by doing that? Absolutely. I give him a lot of credit for his restraint and his ability to see the big picture with those things.” 

Bazley shut out

Darius Bazley was 0-of-8 Wednesday night. Theo Maledon, another starter, scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting. 

Clearly, not getting production from two starters didn't matter Wednesday night with Gilgeous-Alexander scoring as efficiently as he did. 

The Thunder shot 42% overall and 41% from 3-point range. 

Sixth man?

LaMarcus Aldridge walked to the scorer’s table in the first quarter for his first appearance off the bench since his 2006-07 rookie season in Portland. 

Aldridge, who’s had his fair share of monster games against the Thunder, was limited to 11 points and seven rebounds. 

The 35-year-old big man is in the final year of his contract. 

Spurs return 

“They missed their last four games?” 

The fact that the Spurs were back in action for the first time in 10 days was news to Bazley, who spoke to the media before the game. 

San Antonio’s last four games were postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the team. Several Spurs were still out Wednesday due to health and safety protocols: Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell and Quinndary Weatherspoon. 

DeMar DeRozan, another borderline All-Star like Gilgeous-Alexander, was out for personal reasons. 

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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7c712dd2fef31d08ee85a5268dc16c8e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) passes the ball around San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) passes the ball around San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Isaiah Roby (22) passes the ball around San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0e18a6377217fe63d5a1801c9ba1ad0e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket as San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket as San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket as San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-73185a6a3b154c3e068e207816fc6c8b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) looks to get around San Antonio's Keita Bates-Diop (31) in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) looks to get around San Antonio's Keita Bates-Diop (31) in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) looks to get around San Antonio's Keita Bates-Diop (31) in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fa4dd7149c9482a965f2f0af7b5351b8.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) goes up for a basket as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) defends in the second quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) goes up for a basket as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) defends in the second quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) goes up for a basket as San Antonio's Jakob Poeltl (25) defends in the second quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9b0168e7f15e16de329997824f9a39ac.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a 3-point basket at San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a 3-point basket at San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a 3-point basket at San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV (1) defends in the third quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-85a24325530f145f64f6f2b8ed0da0fa.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) celebrates a San Antonio turnover in fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) celebrates a San Antonio turnover in fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) celebrates a San Antonio turnover in fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-af91886a030ee04fff7dc516d53449bd.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) forces a jump ball with San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (5) of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) forces a jump ball with San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (5) of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Al Horford (42) forces a jump ball with San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (5) of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6e282cf054e11c1f57f0361874eddea0.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots a basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9fc01d5db5d7c58cbd23f464cfc08b95.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8e4a770d23b7014a59da98369caf31f7.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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