Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is developing into one of the best former United Kingdom players to play in the National Basketball Association and you can make an argument that he is one of the top guards in the league. Danilo Gallinari scored 30 points for Oklahoma City.
Gilgeous-Alexander is just 21 years old, becoming the youngest player to record a triple-double with that stat line, beating Shaquille O'Neal. Gilgeous-Alexander deserves consideration for the Most Improved Player of the Year award.
But for a brief display of individual brilliance from the supremely talented Naz Reid (another undrafted dynamo), the Wolves would've been down by over 20 points. OKC has won eight of their last 10 games and Gilgeous-Alexander can lead the way for years to come.
The Thunder held a 63-60 lead at halftime. They made a run of 11-2 at the beginning of the third quarter and then a burst of 10-3 in the middle of the third to take their lead to double figures. "Because he thought, as well as myself thought, that I was more capable of what I was doing".
For the majority of the season, Oklahoma City has struggled in the third quarter. "I thought it was critical".
Dennis Schroder and Terrance Ferguson both scored 14 points and both made two 3-pointers.
"Obviously we need more of all when we have boys who are large parts of this team", said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders. "I was happy with some of the guys".