(Part-2) Already contenders? Thunder defeat Celtics with Gilgeous-Alexander's 36.

Thunder started the second half well, as Giddey's long 3-pointer gave them a 76-69 advantage. The Celtics were so frustrated that Mazzulla was penalized for a technical in the third quarter. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting to give Oklahoma City a 98-86 lead entering the fourth.

OKC started strong in the fourth. On a fast break, Jalen Williams snapped the ball back with his right hand and dunked to give the Thunder a 108-90 lead.

Celts rallied late. Boston trailed 121-119 until Derrick White's 3-pointer with 41 seconds left. Williams' short floater restored the four-point advantage.

Porzingis was fouled with 15.2 seconds left and converted both free throws to trim Oklahoma City's lead to 123-121.

With 12.1 seconds left, Giddey was fouled. His first free throw was accurate and his second put the Thunder up four.

Porzingis shot deep left corner with 3.7 seconds remaining. The call was a 2-pointer because his foot was on the line, and the review affirmed that, so Boston trailed by two.

Gilgeous-Alexander was fouled with 2.8 seconds left. He won the game with two free throws as the fans chanted “M-V-P!”

Opened up a nice lead in the fourth quarter and they kept coming,” Daigneault said. “They're a talented team. We were a touch sloppy on both ends trying to close the game, but we made huge plays down the stretch and executed well.

Watch this space for further developments.