NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –Josh Giddey and Tre Mann, Oklahoma City’s two first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, were looking forward to playing at Madison Square Garden. They will certainly not forget the career evenings they enjoyed.
Giddey had a triple-double with a career-high 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, Mann scored a career-high 30 points and Oklahoma City rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit , beating the New York Knicks 127-123 in overtime on Monday night.
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Giddey, a 19-year-old Australian, shot 11 for 22 from the field and hit three 3-pointers for the Thunder, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Oklahoma City was playing without injured starters Lou Dort and Shai Gilgegous-Alexander.
“It was where I was most excited when I got drafted to play,” said Giddey, who was the sixth overall pick in last July’s draft. “You hear so many things, so many stories about the Garden, and I had it circled on my calendar a long time ago.”
New York’s Immanuel Quickley had a chance to send the game into a second overtime, but missed a 3-pointer past the Thunder bench.
Giddey is the first teenager in NBA history with a triple-double against the Knicks and the fourth to record a triple-double in his first game at Madison Square Garden.
“It was everything I expected,” Giddey said of his MSG debut. “The fans are great. They are in the game; a full house. That’s all I’ve seen on TV, that I’ve been told about.
Giddey became the youngest in NBA history with consecutive triple-double games. He had 11 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds in a losing effort at Chicago on Saturday.
“The style he plays is contagious,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “I think he has a domino effect on the team with the way he plays when he’s in that frame of mind. I thought he was against Chicago and I thought he was there again tonight.
Darius Bazley scored 23 for Oklahoma City.
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Julius Randle had a triple-double of 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Knicks, who have lost nine of their last 11 games.
“We just let a lot go,” Randle said. “Our last five games (were) very winnable.”
The Knicks led by no less than 11 points in the third quarter before Oklahoma City rallied to take a brief 89-97 lead after a 3-pointer from Bazley with 2:45 left.
Mann, the 18th pick in the draft, hit a pair of free throws to give Oklahoma City a 106-104 lead with 5:31 left in regulation before New York’s Evan Fournier finished a 6-0 run with a basket, extending New York; s ahead 110-106.
Mann had two free throws to make it 110 with 39 seconds left.
Alec Burks had a chance to win it for New York and fell short before Giddey grabbed the rebound and called time out.
His inbound rebound pass to Ty Jerome was picked up by Fournier, who found Quentin Grimes for a layup with 15 seconds left for a 112-110 lead.
Bazley responded on the other end with a basic drive on the glass, tying the score at 112 and forcing OT.
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Giddey and Mann scored the Thunder’s first two baskets in overtime for a 116-112 lead before Fournier followed with a 3-pointer.
Mann got a pair of free throws to make it 126-120 with 14 seconds left and Burks followed with a 3-pointer.
Jerome was fouled on the next possession and missed both free throws, and Quickley failed at the other end on a potential draw 3.
New York got off to a slow start in the first quarter, erasing a seven-point deficit and taking a 62-61 lead at the break. The Knicks shot 24 for 53 from the field, and Randle, Robison and Fournier combined for 38 points.
The Knicks opened the third quarter with a 12-3 run to go up 74-64 with 9:46 remaining before Oklahoma rallied.
Bazley’s second long-range shot on a 9-0 run gave the Thunder an 89-87 lead with a 2:45 lead in the period.
thunder: Reserve Kendrich Williams beat New York 8-2 in a two-minute streak that spanned the end of the first quarter and the start of the second. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. … Giddey’s first career triple-double came Jan. 2 in a loss to Dallas, when he finished with 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds.
Knicks: It was Randle’s first triple-double of the season and his seventh as a member of the Knicks. He has 13 in his career. … Randle is the seventh player in franchise history to score at least 28 points in six straight games.
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Mann took a look inside Madison Square Garden before the game and asked assistant coach David Akinyooye if the arena light would stay on on the field while the seating area was turned off.
The 18th overall pick in the 2021 draft felt right at home, shooting 8 of 17 from the field and making all of his eight free throws.
“I loved it,” Mann said. “First time at Madison Square Garden, couldn’t have asked for a better result.”
thunder: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. This is the third meeting of the season between the Spurs and the Thunder, the home team winning each time.
Knicks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. New York lost the first game of the season to rival Crosstown, 112-110, in Brooklyn on November 30.
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