Oklahoma City’s promising rookie, Chet Holmgren, showcased his skills once again, scoring 33 points in the Thunder’s 127-123 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and adding to his case for Rookie of the Year honors. The Thunder fought hard until the very end, but Joel Embiid’s six free throws secured the win for the Sixers, with Embiid leading the way with 35 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, and four blocks. Meanwhile, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also contributed significantly with 31 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals for the Thunder.
Australian sensation Josh Giddey recorded a near-triple-double with 10 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. Despite ongoing investigations, OKC coach Mark Daigneault confirmed Giddey’s availability for the game, leaving the matter in the hands of the NBA.
The Thunder had a strong start, leading 31-29 after the first quarter, but Philadelphia managed to gain control and held a lead at halftime, finishing the second quarter with a 65-61 advantage.
The game remained close throughout the third and fourth quarters, with both teams trading points. Despite the Thunder’s efforts to close the gap, Philadelphia maintained their lead and secured the win with clutch free throws from Embiid down the stretch.
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