Just a few days after pulling off a huge upset win over the Phoenix Suns, the Adelaide 36ers couldn’t repeat their efforts against the Oklahoma City Thunder in pre-season as Josh Giddey and co. handed them a 131-98 loss.

OKC got off to a fast start, outscoring the 36ers 35-16 in the first quarter and they never looked back, winning the second 38-27 to go into half-time with a 30-point lead.

Giddey played just 21 minutes against his old side, finishing with 10 points, six assists and five rebounds, with plenty of highlight reel plays sprinkled in.

“It was a good start for us,” Giddey said post-game.

“We knew not to take these guys lightly after what they did to Phoenix and we knew it was going to be a challenge for us.

“We came out with the right mentality, threw the first punch and I think from then on, set the tone for the rest of the game and obviously kept that tone going for 48 minutes.”

The 36ers stunned the Suns on Tuesday, knocking down 24-of-43 from beyond the arc, cooling off against the Thunder, with just 11-of-22 from the 3-point line. 

Giddey said that the Thunder were well aware of Adelaide’s abilities after their win over the Suns and weren’t in the mood to let them go off from 3 again tonight. 

“Well one, I don’t think they were going to be as hot as they were in Phoenix,” he added.

“Two… we want to hang our hats on that [defensive] end and we understand they have a hot shooter so closing out and making them go to their second option which is putting the ball on the floor.”

Craig Randall, who caught the attention of several NBA teams following his 35-point outing against the Suns, was at it again, recording 27 points, eight assists and three rebounds on 11-of-21 shooting and 5-of-11 from the 3-point line against the Thunder. 

Giddey spent his first season as a professional playing for the 36ers in the NBL, before being drafted by the Thunder in 2021, making the occasion even more special for the 19-year-old. 

“I was really excited,” Giddey said of playing against his former team.

“I always used to watch these games. I wish I could have come over when I was in the NBL. I was praying this year I’d be able to play against an NBL team and for it to be my team was that little extra bit special.

“I was super excited. It’s great for Australia’s basketball to be put on a world stage. For them to beat Phoenix and create history for Australian basketball, I’m super happy for them.

“I’m a big NBL advocate and this is only going to get bigger in Australia.”

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