Already contenders? Thunder defeat Celtics with Gilgeous-Alexander's 36.

Oklahoma City defeated the NBA-leading Boston Celtics 127-123 on Tuesday night for its fifth straight win with 36 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Oklahoma City has 8-9 wins. The Thunder defeated reigning champion Denver twice, broke the Clippers' nine-game win streak, outscored Western Conference leader Minnesota, and defeated the Celtics.

This was harder than others. The Thunder defeated Minnesota 23 and Denver 26 on the road last week. Oklahoma City held on after the Celtics cut an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to two.

“I thought we were pretty resilient tonight,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. I believed we were hit."

The Thunder began the night with the league's fourth-best record. Josh Giddey scored 23 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, and Chet Holmgren had 14 points, seven assists, and four blocks.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 and Jayson Tatum 30 for the Celtics, who had won six straight and 11 of 12. Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla

"I thought it was two great teams." "The game went as expected, down to the last few possessions."

Porzingis' 18 points gave Boston a 61-58 halftime lead. Gilgeous-Alexander kept Thunder in it with 17.

Watch this space for further developments.