Player grades: SGA scores 37 points in a 122-110 loss to Nuggets

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s comeback attempt fell short against the Denver Nuggets in a 122-110 win. After taking a one-point lead with a little over 10 minutes left in the game, the Nuggets were able to turn it up a notch and swiftly defeat the Thunder.

With the loss, the Thunder’s four-game winning streak comes to an end.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander once again continues to lead the way with a 37-point performance. Gilgeous-Alexander shot 13-of-17 from the field.

Two-time and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic finished with 15 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds and collected a triple-double. Jokic also made history by surpassing Wilt Chamberlain for most career triple-doubles by a center at 79.

The difference in the game was from outside. The Nuggets shot 18-of-31 (58.1 percent) from three and the Thunder shot 6-of-29 (20.7 percent) from three. With such a huge difference, it would’ve taken a lot to overcome it.

Let’s take a look at three Thunder player grades from this loss.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: A-plus

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It’s becoming a bit mundane to consistently hand out A-plus grades to Gilgeous-Alexander but it’s hard not to with efficient-scoring 30-plus point games.

In this game’s case, Gilgeous-Alexander scored 37 points on 13-of-17 shooting. What makes this feat even more impressive is that he did it despite not taking a single three-point attempt.

All of Gilgeous-Alexanders points came from within the paint, in the midrange or from the free-throw line as he went a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Josh Giddey: B-minus

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In his second game back, Josh Giddey played a lot of his minutes with Gilgeous-Alexander after they were staggered from him last game.

It resulted in 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting, five assists and four turnovers.

Giddey continues to try to build chemistry with Gilgeous-Alexander as he continues to gain rhythm from his missed time due to an ankle sprain.

Lu Dort: B-plus

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Lu Dort worked a lot with the second unit this game as he finished with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting.

Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault mentioned after the game that it was a priority to give Dort more work with the second unit and it sounded like Dort was open to it as he said after the game the team continues to experiment and try out new stuff.


Story originally appeared on Thunder Wire