Giddey, Mann sizzle as OKC dismantles 36ers

By Juan Carlo Mercado

The Oklahoma City Thunder demolished the Adelaide 36ers in their third preseason game on Friday, leaving the Arena with a 131-98 victory. 

OKC guard Tre Mann sizzled from deep as he chipped in 26 points and drained 8/10 from downtown.

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The Thunder had a walk in the park in the opening quarter against the opposition by shooting the lights out in 3-point county and by playing good defense,  while the 36ers remained flightless the whole game.

Playing against his former squad, Josh Giddey was pumped up in the first frame, clamping Adelaide's Sunday Dech while steering the OKC's offense on the other end.

Furthermore, Giddey showed flashes of greatness through his passing, dribbling, playmaking, and defense ability. In 21 minutes of playing time, the 19-year-old finished with 10 points, six dimes, and five rebounds.

The starters, including Giddey, were benched for the most of the game after the Thunder reigned in the first frame, 35-16. 

Adelaide's Craig Randall tallied 27 points, 3 rebounds, and 8 assists but couldn't deliver the 36ers in the promise land.

It was only the previous game when the 36ers played match-long brilliance of basketball to clinch the dub against Phoenix Suns, becoming the first NBL team to out-duel an NBA team.

However, Adelaide failed to replicate in their second exhibition game, as they struggled to get a shot from the 3-point area.

Filipino big man Kai Sotto only managed to get 4 boards in under nine minutes of playing time.


Edited by Jostle Doen Pilayre
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