Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder Crush Houston Rockets in Record-Setting Night

The Oklahoma City Thunder absolutely annihilated the Houston Rockets in a record-setting 153-121 blowout on Saturday night, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continued his ascent to the upper echelons of NBA superstardom. The newly minted All Star posted 42 points, four rebounds, and six assists in only 30 minutes of play.

Gilgeous-Alexander hit 14 of his 23 field goal attempts and 14 of his 15 free throws. The Thunder's 153 points were a franchise record. For the season, Gilgeous-Alexander is now averaging a massive 31.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game on a highly efficient .622 true shooting percentage. Only Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid is averaging more points at a higher TS%.

The Thunder are a surprising 25-27 and 12th in the Western Conference. They've already won their most games since the 2019-20 season and still have a chance to battle their way into the playoffs via the play-in tournament, given the tightness of the Western Conference standings. After years of ineptitude  (or tanking, depending on who you ask), the Thunder finally have a superstar in Gilgeous-Alexander. If any of their eye-popping six first-round picks over the past two years evolve into a major talent, the Thunder could have a bright future.

The Thunder travel to San Francisco to face the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

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