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SGA calls inspiring Game 4 comeback ‘the most meaningful’ of career


If you watched the first three quarters of this Western Conference semifinal’s Game 4, you would’ve never thought that the Thunder would ultimately win the contest, as the Mavericks held a comfortable league during most of the match. However, you can never really call a win when you are up against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. 

The Canadian superstar knew the stakes were high if they lost this contest, and stepped into the fourth quarter ready to turn things around. He then scored or assisted in 20 of Oklahoma City’s final 30 points, and called the victory “probably the most meaningful game I’ve played in my career.”

“Be aggressive, but be smart,” the guard told himself throughout the match, and eventually finished with 34 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. But most importantly, he dropped in 10 and handed out 4 assists in the fourth stage.

Even his own teammate Chet Holmgren admitted to watch him in amazement as he took control late in the game. “There’s some points in the game I’m doing the same thing you guys are doing — just kind of being a fan of what he’s doing and, when some of those shots go in, just kind of making a face like, ‘That’s crazy,’” he said.

The rookie, who also contributed 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, was not surprised by SGA. “But he’s been doing it all year. I’ve seen him do it since I got here, and that’s just who he is. Tough-shot maker, but he does a lot more out there for us than just that,” the big man shared.

The Thunder trailed by as many as 14 points and were behind during most of the game, as the squad struggled to score against Dallas’ defense. “That was ill-advised, but you just trust your work,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, as his squad eventually put up 35 points only in the fourth quarter.

The 25-year-old not only scored, but also fed, as he attracted defenders and found his own teammates in free positions. This was the moment when the rival defence fell into desperation and let the Thunder play their game.

Teammates and rivals delivered praise for SGA, who is currently playing his first playoffs as squad leader

Even Shai’s own coach just laid back and watched how his star player took…

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