NBA Twitter Erupts As Former Clippers Star Silences Los Angeles With An Insane Buzzer Beater

Published 12/19/2021, 1:01 AM EST
Dec 18, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) celebrates after shooting a three point basket at the buzzer to defeat the LA Clippers during the second half at Paycom Center. Oklahoma City won 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


NBA Fans could not believe that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander silenced the crowd in LA tonight. He stunned Los Angeles with a buzzer-beater against his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers. With only a few seconds left in the game, the Thunder needed a two-pointer to tie the game. However, Gilgeous-Alexander wanted nothing but victory for his team as he took the risk with a three-point shot. Unfortunately for the Clippers, he made the shot as the shot clock expired.

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This victory shot is clearly extra special to him for multiple reasons. Firstly, it was against the team that drafted him into the NBA. Moreover, after the insane sequence to end their game against the Pelicans, a buzzer-beater winner would feel like redemption.

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NBA fans react to former Clippers star’s homecoming Buzzer-Beater

Twitter acknowledged this incredible moment for Gilgeous-Alexander as he left Los Angeles stunned with a wild shot to win the game. This is how fans responded to the dagger shot to end the game.

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What does this mean for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder?

The Hornets had drafted him in 2018 and traded him to the Clippers on the draft night itself. However, only one season after this, the Clippers traded Gilgeous-Alexander again to acquire Paul George. Therefore, he may have returned to Los Angeles with a chip on his shoulder and has definitely left a dent tonight.

While the Clippers did not play George tonight, this shot was a statement from the Thunder superstar.

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Dec 18, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) celebrates after scoring the winning basket at the buzzer against the LA Clippers during the second half at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

This victory tonight takes Oklahoma’s season total to nine wins, keeping them within reach of a play-in spot. While Gilgeous-Alexander may have had the final say, it was undoubtedly a night to remember for Dort and Giddey. Dort dropped an impressive 29 points to lead the scoring for Thunder.

However, Josh Giddey was the facilitator and did the grind and hustle for the Thunder in all other parts of the game. Giddey was one field goal away from an incredible triple-double. He finished the game with 8 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists. If the Thunder continues surprising championship contenders like this, what are the chances of them making the playoffs? Let us know what you think.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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