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Thunder dethrone Kings for first time this NBA season

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 38 points and Jalen Williams scored 32 as Oklahoma City beat Sacramento for the first time in three meetings this NBA season.

Williams also had nine assists and seven rebounds in the Thunder's 127-113 victory on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

Australian Josh Giddey had a relatively quiet match, making five rebounds and four assists and scoring five points during his 20 minutes on court.

Lu Dort had 17 points and nine rebounds and Chet Holmgren added 14 points for the Thunder, who  bounced back from a 146-111 loss at Dallas on Saturday.

For the Kings, Domantas Sabonis had 21 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

Malik Monk led the team with 26 points.

Sacramento's leading scorer De'Aaron Fox was held to 15 points on six-for-17 shooting.

In the day's other match, Jayson Tatum had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the NBA-leading Boston Celtics withstood a late rally to beat the Miami Heat 110-106.

Kristaps Porzingis had 25 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 and Jrue Holiday scored 15 for Boston, who hit 16 of 39 three-point attempts.

The Celtics have won all three match-ups with the Heat this season and have won six of the past seven games against them.

Tyler Herro had 22 of his 24 points in the second half, Bam Adebayo scored 22 and Duncan Robinson and Caleb Martin finished with 15 points each for the Heat.

Miami were without leading scorer Jimmy Butler, who was granted a leave of absence because of the death of a family member.

The Heat rallied from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter and cut it to 106-104 on Herro's three-pointer with one minute 49 seconds remaining.

But Porzingis and Tatum each converted two free throws to secure the win.