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Beating the Los Angeles Lakers is one way to establish your arrival in the league.
Doing it twice in eight days and hitting a pivotal shot from the logo is a way to announce that you are a star.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander willed the Oklahoma City Thunder to victory on Thursday night, and his late-game play took Twitter by storm. His pass out of a quadruple-team may have iced the game, but his shot from the logo shortly before is the new signature moment of his young career.
The Thunder got a 107-104 come-from-behind victory over the Lakers as OKC poured in 35 points in the fourth quarter. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 and had four assists in that frame alone.
Twitter, for the first time in a long time, was in awe of the Thunder.
Starting with the two highlights:
SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER GOING NUCLEAR. AGAIN. pic.twitter.com/eJfXqCgvzv
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 5, 2021
“Shai looks unengaged”
“Shai doesn’t wanna be there” pic.twitter.com/iiHS5vNAWk
— 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒆 🌩 (@Three_Cone) November 5, 2021
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander officially owns the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Guru (@DrGuru_) November 5, 2021
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander everytime he plays the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/drIgbPR7tM
— Biased NBA Fan! (@BiasedNBAFan) November 5, 2021
In the two games against the Lakers, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 27.5 points and 5.5 assists and is 9-for-18 from 3.