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    Gilgeous-Alexander’s 33 help OKC top Clippers

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – There was no celebration for the Oklahoma City Thunder after earning their first win of the season in four tries.

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points and the Thunder defeated the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 108-94 yesterday.

    Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said the players are more concerned with process than results as the young roster evolves. He said his team is “robotic” about feedback.

    “We just try to create like, an extremely ruthless consistency with our approach and just trust that if we do that, the guys will improve, the players will grow as they gain experience, things will slow down, their bodies will get stronger,” he said. “And we just trust in that deal.”

    The Clippers were without their two biggest stars. Kawhi Leonard sat out to rest his right knee and Paul George missed the game with an illness. Another starter, Marcus Morris, was out for personal reasons. Oklahoma City took advantage by holding the Clippers to 42 per cent shooting.

    “I didn’t fault our effort,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “I thought we did some good things, but we’ve just got to continue to keep getting better. When you’re short-handed like that, the small things mean a lot. When you’re missing Kawhi, PG & Marcus, all the small things add up.”

    Luke Kennard scored 15 points and Ivica Zubac had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers.

    Gilgeous-Alexander played after sitting out on Sunday against Minnesota with a bruised left hip. He said he felt pretty good on Monday, but felt “extremely good” yesterday after treatment. He showed just how good by making 11 of 22 field goals and nine of nine free throws with eight assists.

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson. PHOTO: AP
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