Down one young star, Oklahoma City kept the first half of play against the Hawks competitive before stalling in the second for a 113-101 loss.
Despite the double-digit defeat, Oklahoma City had several players step up to the challenge in place of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was out with a right ankle injury.
Here are the top performers from OKC’s loss to Atlanta:
Thunder rookie Josh Giddey was firmly in command of the OKC offense for the first time on Monday, and did a near flawless job of running it.
The Australian finished with 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, coming up just shy of being the youngest player ever to record a triple-double. He also nabbed a steal and delivered two blocks.
Giddey shot 6-for-13 from the field, the only low point being that he shot 0-for-5 from beyond the 3-point line.
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Back in the starting role, Robinson-Earl continued to impress in his debut season.
He poured on 13 points and added 10 rebounds for the double-double.
He also shot 2-for-5 from the 3-point line, continuing to prove he’s a threat from the perimeter.
Functioning as Oklahoma City’s sharpshooting sixth man, Ty Jerome finished tied with Lu Dort an Giddey for a team-high 15 points.
He shot 50 percent from the 3-point line and hit all five of his free throw attempts.
He also finished with four assists and nabbed three steals on the defensive end of the court.