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Gilgeous-Alexander and Garland Go Head-to-Head in Battle of Young Guards

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's 21-point effort wasn't enough in Thunder's close loss to Darius Garland and the Cavaliers.

Oklahoma City dominated the first half and led for most of the game against the Cavaliers on Saturday night, but couldn’t overcome a late Cleveland surge. The Cavs won their fourth-straight game, beating the Thunder 107-102.

Down the stretch, the Thunder had no answer for Darius Garland. The third-year guard was sensational for Cleveland, pouring in 27 points and 18 assists. He also recorded just two turnovers, playing a near perfect game.

The Thunder’s end of the third quarter collapse is ultimately what lost the game. With exactly one minute left in the quarter, OKC led 85-74. After Garland’s highlight reel plays and a costly Thunder foul on a 3-pointer, OKC ended the quarter leading 85-83. The Cavs had all the momentum and used that to close out the game.

Here’s who led the way for the Thunder Saturday night:

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OKC returns to action Monday, Jan. 17, as they square off against the Mavericks in Dallas at 7:30 p.m.

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