Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Aug 1 (EFE) .- Canadian shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points and led the balanced attack of the Oklahoma Thunder that had a triumphant debut in the Orlando bubble at win 110-94 that Saturday to the Utah Jazz.
Point guard Chris Paul also excelled with 18 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two turnovers, which left him as the director of the Thunder’s winning game.
New Zealand center Steven Adams was in charge of dominating in the paint with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Italian power forward Danilo Gallinari added 15 points. As a team, the Thunder ended the game with 53 (41-77) percent on field goals.
Escort Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points as the Jazz leader, but he only hit 5 of 15 field goals, and the team finished 39 (34-87) on field goals, and only 8 of 31 3-pointers.
The teams were due to meet on March 11 in Oklahoma City, but everything changed when the test at COVID-19 of the French pivot Rudy Gobert, of the Jazz, was positive before the meeting began. This generated that same night the NBA decided to indefinitely suspend the competition, a situation that has lasted almost five months.
This Saturday’s duel was still important. With the win, Oklahoma City moved a half-game from the Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference standings and 1 1/2 games from the Denver Nuggets, which are third and lost to a beating of 105-125 against the Miami Heat.
The game was sentenced at the end of the third period, when the Thunder managed an 86-62 split.
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