Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gives his respect to Joel Embiid, Doc Rivers

PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers had a tough night on Thursday as they fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 133-114 at home. The Sixers had a tough time on the defensive end out on the perimeter and it cost them in the loss.

Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made it look easy by going for 37 points on 10-for-16 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds with six assists in the win. Philadelphia struggled on the perimeter and SGA took advantage of it.

For the Sixers, Joel Embiid had 30 points and 10 rebounds despite battling through foul trouble and seeing waves of defenders from the Thunder. Afterward, Gilgeous-Alexander gave his respect to both Embiid and coach Doc Rivers who was his first coach while with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Gilgeous-Alexander on facing Embiid

“Obviously, he’s one of the best players in the game. Super talented, freak of nature. You play guys like that and teams that are so highly talented, it’s easy to get up for, and really it challenges you. You get to see where you’re at, against the best players, and the best teams in the world. That’s just my mindset going into the game. I know what I’m going against and I try to see where I stand.”

Gilgeous-Alexander on his love for Rivers

“I love Doc. he’s my first NBA coach. Obviously, a legend. He’s been around the game for so long, seen so many levels of basketball, and he really kick-started my career. He was hard on me, held me accountable, and then I kind of just took those things with me. Me and him are really close. He was a big big part of my development for sure.”

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire