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NBA: Thunder snap Jazz's 6-game winning streak

By Sports Desk January 19, 2024

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points and Jalen Williams added 27 and eight assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped the Utah Jazz’s six-game winning streak on Thursday with a 134-129 victory.

Josh Giddey had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Carson Wallace added a season-high 16 points for the Thunder, who had 19 fast-break points and shot 55.8 percent from the field.

Williams shot 11 of 14 and has scored at least 25 points in three straight games.

Colin Sexton scored 31 points and Lauri Markkanen had 26 but Utah had a nine-game home winning streak stopped.

Sexton made three free throws and dunked with 68 seconds left to get the Jazz within 130-126 but Wallace drilled a 3-pointer to extend Oklahoma City’s lead.

Brunson leads Knicks past Wizards

Jalen Brunson had 41 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the New York Knicks got past the Washington Wizards, winning 113-107.

Brunson shot 14 of 27 from the field and scored 18 of the Knicks’ 21 points during a long stretch of the fourth quarter, as New York extended a one-point lead to 105-97 with 86 seconds to play.

Julius Randle added 21 points and Donte DiVincenzo and OG Anunoby each had 19 to help the Knicks improve to 8-2 since acquiring Anunoby from Toronto.

Jordan Poole scored 24 points for Washington, which has lost eight of nine.

Short-handed Pacers defeat Kings

Bennedict Mathurin scored 25 points and the undermanned Indiana Pacers held off the Sacramento Kings in a 126-121 victory.

T.J. McConnell had 20 points and 10 assists and Jalen Smith added 17 points with 13 rebounds as Indiana won for the 10th time in 13 games.

The Pacers were without newly acquired Pascal Siakam and are still missing fellow All-Star Tyrese Haliburton due to a strained left hamstring. Aaron Nesmith (shin) and Andrew Nembhard (back) were also out and Isaiah Jackson left in the first quarter after taking a hit to the head.

Kevin Huerter scored a career-high 31 points with seven 3-pointers for the Kings, losers of four in a row.

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