Thunder Rookie Josh Giddey Joins LeBron James in Outstanding Feat During Win vs Lakers

Published 10/27/2021, 11:40 PM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dunks a ball during the second half of the NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. The Warriors won 121-114. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports


The Oklahoma City Thunder took down the Lakers in their recent game. Despite being down by almost 30 points, they sealed a win. Their rookie, Josh Giddey came up with a big-time performance in their 123-115 win over the Lakers. Giddey showcased his playmaking ability to the fullest and put his name alongside LeBron James through his performance.

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The OKC showed serious grit in their matchup against the Lakers. Rallied by the home support, they did not enjoy a great first quarter. However, they took all the remaining quarters with Shai Gilgeous Alexander getting hot in the third, dropping 17 points. While he continues to perform at the top level, a young Giddey is slowly making a name for himself as well.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

At just 18 years, Giddey recorded a double-double in OKC’s win. Also, his playmaking was on point and only LeBron James beat him to this feat.

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Giddey sits next to LeBron James

In the Thunder’s win over the Lakers, it was always a team effort. They played great as a unit in the second half and came back from a 26 point deficit. While the Lakers did fail in their execution, OKC did not give up till the end. Giddey enjoyed a great game with 18 points and 10 assists.

With this performance, he became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record 10 assists. The only person who did it at a younger age was LeBron James. This goes to show just how big of an achievement it was. However, he may have made the game-winning play as well.

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When the Lakers were fighting their way to tie the game, Giddey made the play to put the Thunder back up. While the Lakers were busy trying to keep the ball out of Shai’s hands, OKC trusted the rookie to do the job. Josh took that role and made the play, feeding the ball to Favors. That took the OKC up by 3 and the Lakers failed to score after that.

He came up big time for the OKC, but it could all have gone in vain. While he took them up by 3, he almost gave up the game after a crucial turnover. He took the inbound pass and gave it straight to Carmelo Anthony. However, Melo air-balled the game-tying three.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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