Giddey's OKC topple Lakers again in NBA

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Josh Giddey has played Robin to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's Batman as Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers for the second time this NBA season.

The Australian rookie shot just two-of-nine from the field but still had eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the youthful Thunder held their nerve for a 107-104 road win.

The 19-year-old showed trademark poise with the game on the line, finding Gilgeous-Alexander with a clever bounce pass from the sideline as the Lakers swarmed late in the fourth quarter.

Gilgeous-Alexander (28 points, six assists) then assisted Luguentz Dort for the decisive bucket, after the Thunder star had landed a dagger three-pointer from the Lakers' logo as the injured and inactive LeBron James (abdominal strain) watched on in silence.

The comeback win - Thunder won the final quarter 35-24 - improved the young side to 2-6, a repeat dose after they came from 28 points down to beat the Lakers (5-4) eight days earlier.

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 18 rebounds for the Lakers, whose three-game winning streak ended with just their second loss in seven games.

Russell Westbrook added 27 points for the hosts but made a comical turnover against his former team with 21 seconds left and a chance to tie the game while Carmelo Anthony had a big game off the bench with 21 points with five 3-pointers, including two in the final minute.

"We respect their talent, but with that being said, we want to prove ourselves," said Gilgeous-Alexander.

"They're a team that has a lot of guys that have done a lot of good things, but we want to prove ourselves and compete."

in Atlanta, Utah's dominance continued despite the absence of Donovan Mitchell, with Joe Ingles again instrumental as the Jazz shook off the Atlanta Hawks 116-98.

The Boomers veteran started with Mitchell (ankle) sidelined and was on-song early, making five-of-six three pointers in a 19-point, four-rebound performance.

Across eight games this season, the Tokyo bronze medallist is averaging a career-best 51.2 per cent from beyond the arc.

Jordan Clarkson came off the bench with 30 points as the Jazz outscored the Hawks 41-24 in the final quarter to blow a close game wide open.

The Jazz improved to an NBA-best 7-1, while the Philadelphia 76ers (7-2) shot to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a fifth-straight win.

Their 109-98 defeat of the Detroit Pistons (1-7) came using just eight players and despite the ongoing absence of Ben Simmons (personal reasons), as well as Furkan Korkmaz (wrist) and Tobias Harris (COVID-19).

Seth Curry scored 23 points, Tyrese Maxey added 20 while Boomers forward Matisse Thybulle (five points) made two-of-seven from the field but also collected three blocks, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Jaylen Brown scored 17 points to lead six Boston players in double figures, and the Celtics played airtight defence for a second consecutive night on the way to easily beating the Miami Heat 95-78.

Jimmy Butler scored 20 points for Miami, who lost point guard Kyle Lowry to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter as part of an utterly forgettable night.

The Heat made just nine-of-41 from three-point range and managed a total of 55 points in the final three quarters.

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