Australia’s Josh Giddey delivered arguably the finest game of his fledgling NBA career, with the 20-year-old Oklahoma City guard putting up a monster stat line despite a 116-111 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Giddey had 27 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.
He shot 12-24 from the floor (50%) and 2-6 from deep, and finished with a game-high +14 plus-minus.
In both points and rebounds, he was just one short of his career-high tallies.
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However, the Thunder were blown out of the water by the Lakers in the opening quarter, finishing the first term down 41-25.
They hit back with a 41-point quarter and outscored the Lakers again in the third term, but were out-rebounded all game and…