Back in February, Russell Westbrook helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to overcome a 26-point deficit to defeat the Houston Rockets 117-112. Westbrook is now playing for the Rockets himself, but the Thunder are still making history, and it was Chris Paul who led the way this time as OKC tied the franchise record by overcoming a 26-point deficit to defeat the Chicago Bulls 109-106.
The Thunder opened up the game with perhaps their worst quarter of the entire season as the Bulls took control early and could not miss a shot. After the first period, Chicago led 37-16, but they did not stop there as they extended the lead to 26 points early in the second quarter. OKC managed to cut into the Chicago lead (kind of) to make it 68-49 at halftime.
The third quarter has been the Thunder’s worst period all season long, but they got the best of Bulls in this one as OKC outscored Chicago 33-22 to make it 90-82 in favor of the Bulls.
Chris Paul entered the fourth quarter with just 11 points, but he ran wild in the final frame as hit 5 consecutive threes to bring the Thunder back from the brink. He finished the game by knocking down 2 free throws with 1.3 seconds to go to give him 19 in the quarter and 30 in the game.
The Thunder did not just tie a franchise record for the 26-point comeback, but they also tied a franchise record for most turnovers in a game with 26. On December 29, 2011, the Thunder recorded 26 turnovers in a 104-102 win in OKC against the Dallas Mavericks.
TFerg is Back
After missing 5 games due to right hip soreness, Terrance Ferguson made his return to the starting lineup tonight, and he did not miss a beat.
Ferguson was tasked with guarding Zach Lavine for most of the night, and despite the fact that Lavine went off for 39 points and Ferguson fouled out late in the fourth, it was still a solid return for the young shooting guard.
In his return, Ferguson scored 12 points on 4-of-7 (57.1%) shooting from 3, which is exactly what the Thunder needed from a guy who averages just single digits in scoring. Abdel Nader did a solid job in the starting role while Ferguson was out, but it’s good to have him back.
Schröder Deserves 6MOY Talk
Dennis Schröder has come off the bench for the second straight season for the Thunder, and after a fairly successful season last year, he has played even better this year. His play has him making his way up the ladder in the 6th Man of the Year conversation.
Tonight marked the 9th consecutive game for him scoring 17+ points off the bench, which is the longest streak in the NBA this season. He has had his issues with taking care of the ball at times, but his extra scoring has been a welcome addition considering the lack of star power in the lineup.
While there are plenty of quality candidates for the NBA’s 6MOY award, Dennis Schröder has earned his way into the conversation, and if he hasn’t earned attention thus far, he certainly is working for it.
Next up for OKC is a Wednesday night matchup at home against the Memphis Grizzlies (10-17). Ja Morant is considered to be the favorite to win Rookie of the Year since the injury to Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Grizzlies are still struggling so far this season.
Tip-off for that game is at 7 PM, and it be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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