The Thunder went to Brooklyn to take on the Nets in the second game of a back-to-back on Tuesday night. OKC looked to bounce back after a tough loss to Philly the night before.
The first half was pretty back and forth as each team had their own moments. The Thunder certainly didn’t do themselves any favors. They had every opportunity to pull ahead and run away with this one, but the Nets managed to hang around due to mistakes by OKC.
The Thunder survived the barrage of three points shots the Nets attempted in the first quarter, but mostly because they didn’t make many of the 13 attempts. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lead the way for OKC with 7 points in the first.
Midway through the second quarter is when the lead started to slip away for the Thunder. Oklahoma City was surviving due to multiple trips to the free throw line. The team shot 10/12 from the line on the first half, but only 36.2% from the floor. There were 7 ties during the first half, but OKC lead 49-48 at halftime.
The second half was more of the same story from the first, except for it was the Nets who held control for most of the half. Both teams started to heat up in the third quarter, and the crowd at Barclays came alive. There was no reason for the Nets to be in the lead, but the Thunder kept hurting themselves with turnovers.
Halfway through the fourth quarter you could feel the Thunder starting to gain momentum. It was almost inevitable that this team was going to pull off another nail biter in the final minutes. Chris Paul has been phenomenal in clutch time this season, and Tuesday night in Brooklyn was no different. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter alone to extend this game to overtime.
Oklahoma City came right out of the gate with a quick basket from SGA. Brooklyn would go back down the court and respond, but it was their final basket of the game. The Thunder closed out overtime on an 8-0 run. Led by no other than Chris Paul. The Thunder closed out this road trip with a 111-103 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets and extend their season overtime record to 4-0.
Thunder Player Of The Game
Chris Paul has to be the player of the game in this one. This is a different CP3 we are seeing on the court this season. At times, it seems like he only does what is needed of him. He was fairly quiet in the first three quarters of the game, but came alive with 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. He recorded 28 total points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Westbrook Returns To OKC
The Thunder will finally be back home on Thursday as they take on the Houston Rockets. The game will tip-off at 8:30 PM CST. It will be televised on FSOK and TNT. The game will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
This will be perhaps the most highly anticipated matchup of the season for OKC. Russell Westbrook will be returning to the Peake for the first time since joining the Rockets. Both teams have been on a hot streak lately, so we should have a great matchup on our hands.
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