The Rundown: SGA delivers game-winner as Thunder beat Blazers

Published December 20, 2022, 5:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander showed up in the clutch again, stealing the show from Dame Time.


Cavaliers 122, Jazz 99

Sixers 104, Raptors 101

Hawks 126, Magic 125

Spurs 124, Rockets 105

Timberwolves 116, Mavericks 106

Bucks 128, Pelicans 119

Thunder 123, Trail Blazers 121

Suns 130, Lakers 104

Hornets 125, Kings 119

What went down

When the clock is winding down and a big shot is needed, that’s when the phenomenon we know as Dame Time starts. But lately, a new time zone has emerged.

It has the same elements: the “bad shot” tendencies, the fearlessness, the killer instinct. It goes by SGA Time.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been that guy for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that has lost more games than won so far this season. Some of their losses have been bad blowouts, but most of their wins are courtesy of SGA’s heroics in the clutch.

The game-winner came at a night where it should’ve been all Dame, a night where Clyde Drexler’s scoring record as a Trail Blazer was eclipsed. 

Lillard scored 28 points to lead Portland. SGA, on the other hand, led all scorers with 35. The OKC win was their second straight after beating the Memphis Grizzlies.

For Portland, they’ll have an immediate chance to get this one back after one day of rest. The Portland-OKC rematch is set on Thursday (Manila time). Whether you’re on Dame or SGA Time, set your clocks to that one.

Big-time ballers

The returning Dejounte Murray sealed the deal to get Atlanta the win, but it was Trae Young who carried the Hawks’ scoring load with 37 points versus the Orlando Magic.

Young also added 13 assists for the Hawks, which is a team slowly getting their injured pieces back.

Speaking of pieces, that’s happened to the defense of the New Orleans Pelicans after Giannis Antetokounmpo tore it down.

The Greek Freak scored 42 points on 17 shot attempts. He went to the line 22 times, missing only five times.

It came off a loss, but Domantas Sabonis dropped a crazy statline for the Sacramento Kings: 28 points, 23 rebounds (season-high), and seven assists.

What he said 

On Dame’s historic night, former teammate CJ McCollum just had to pay respects:

Did you see that?

The ending of the Hawks-Magic game went off the rails, starting with a Markelle Fultz walk-in-the-park layup:

It ended with clutch free throws from Dejounte Murray: