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NBA World reacts to first meeting between Anthony Davis and Chet Holmgren

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The Oklahoma City Thunder faced off with the L.A. Lakers on Thursday, and despite being on the second leg of a road-road back-to-back to wrap up a four-game road trip, the Lakers played both Anthony Davis and LeBron James. This gave OKC Thunder fans their first look at Chet Holmgren matching up with one of the best big men in the NBA.

Through three quarters, Chet Holmgren was already able to post 16 points, shooting 63 percent from the floor, 2-for-5 from beyond the arc, three rebounds, two steals, and a +17 in the game. He played a massive part in the OKC Thunder swelling their lead to 20 points in the third frame.

Chet Holmgren was able to pull off moves that resemble the likes of Hall of Famers, not even a quarter of the way through his rookie season. This game saw Holmgren blend more ball-handling into his scoring portfolio and it really unlocked the Thunder’s offense.

On the defensive end, Holmgren was able to provide some great contests on Davis, though there is a reason the Kentucky product is viewed as an MVP caliber player. Davis finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds.

Holmgren ended with 18 points, five rebounds, an assist, and two steals. The Gonzaga product shot 53 percent from the floor despite going 1-for-6 from beyond the arc in 28 minutes.

The Gonzaga product was key to the OKC Thunder pulling off a dominating 133-110 win over the L.A. Lakers. This snapped a two-game losing streak for the Oklahoma City Thunder and sets the table for their meeting in Dallas against the Mavericks, where offense looks to be a premium.

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