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Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert was ejected in the first half of the Saturday’s 135-128 loss to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder after he appeared to purposefully trip Kenrich Williams. Gobert contested Williams on a drive to the rim with 9:22 to go in the second quarter, causing Williams to fall to the ground. Gobert tripped over Williams and while down on the court appeared to sweep a leg out in an attempt to trip Williams when the Thunder forward was attempting to get up. A brief scuffle ensued, after which Gobert was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected. Williams received a technical foul. “I trust that they got it right,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said of the officials’ ruling.
Jon Krawczynski: Finch: “I think for sure, the frustrations boiled over. It was not the most mature effort by us. We needed a way more mature effort than that. We needed to do the little things better like take care of the ball and make the next rotation on defense. That’s what cost us the game.”
Gilgeous-Alexander had his 16th 30-point game. He scored 33 points on 10-of-17 shooting. He went 12-of-12 from the free throw line, with nine of those makes coming in the first quarter. Nine free throw attempts in one quarter marked a season-high for SGA.  Gilgeous-Alexander showed no ill effects of the hip injury that sidelined him for one game.  “It felt good playing basketball again,” SGA said with a smile. 
Chet Holmgren has already been extremely active in the Oklahoma City community even while undergoing a substantial, season-long rehab process from a foot injury. At court dedications and Reading Timeouts, as well as the Thanksgiving dinner he hosted for Oklahoma City youth, Holmgren has been engaged and intentional with every interaction. This week he stepped it up even further by hosting events that facilitated his donation of 1,500 coats across the three cities he’s called home, with the help of Operation Warm.
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