A Season-Defining Victory: Thunder 105, Boston 104

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One of, no, THE best game of the season just happened at TD Gardens.

The game started particularly sloppy for OKC, recording the first five turnovers on the night in about one and a half quarters of basketball. But then we got run after run after run.

First it was the Thunder on a 10-0 run to take the lead in the 1st, 29-26. Then Boston went on a 10-0 then 10-2 run in the second quarter. It looked like the Celtics were going to shoot the Thunder out of this.

But Chris Paul happened. More specifically, Chris Paul’s midrange happened. Between that and Schroder’s pull up jump shot, the pick-and-roll offense was humming, and Boston had no idea how to cover it correctly.

Combined with some timely outside shooting by Dennis, OKC was right back into the game. The 4th quarter between these two teams was just like the last one in Chesapeake, dealing blow after blow waiting for the other to falter enough to capitalize.

Nobody blinked. The game was within 3 points the entire quarter. Each basket was matched, and each miss was followed by a tremendous defensive effort.

Clutch is in the Air

It came down to the last seconds of the game. Steven Adams, with his team down 1, misses both free throws. But CP3 comes out of nowhere to get the offensive rebound, but misses the floater on the drive. Boston has the ball up one with eight seconds left.

It felt like OKC would have to play the free throw game, which would not go well with a great free-throw shooting team like Boston. But CP3 perfectly traps Kemba Walker in the back court, and Dennis flies in from behind to grab the steal, turn around and lay it in.

Now Boston had to hurry. Brad Stevens calls a timeout and draws up a fantastic play to get the mismatch between Tatum and CP3. But little did they know that Clutch Paul would not let his team lose this game, locking him up as the final shot falls short. OKC wins 105-104.

This was by far the most significant game of the season. SGA was ruled out pregame. Playing at TD Gardens with a fired up fanbase. Going up against one of the best players post-All Star game averaging 31.1 points. But OKC did everything they needed to do, and walk away victorious.

Now, the Thunder get two days of rest before their next game back in OKC against the Jazz.

To the notes!!


1st Half

  • No SGA makes me one [*extreme Schroder voice*] “helluva nervous player”
  • Ferg and Dort providing offensively? Yes please. Gonna need that the whole game to keep up with these goons.
  • At one point Dennis Schroder had 7 points on 2 shots (and-1 3PT, and-1 2PT). That means he was scoring 3.5 points per shot, which I find remarkably difficult to accomplish.
  • Brian Scalabrine is a pretty decent commentator. I don’t mind the very strong Celtics bias, but that’s what you gotta expect. Michael Cage is insanely bias.
  • The 3’s. Dear god the 3’s. Make the Celtics stop. We’ll give you whatever you want, just please stop.
  • There are just so many runs in this first half. 12-0 run by OKC first, then 10-0 by Boston, then another 10-2 run by Boston. It’s just chaos right now.

2nd Half

  • God bless Chris Paul and his beautiful midrange shot.
  • It’s crazy how good this Celtics team is when fully healthy. They have so many players that can score, you have to play nearly perfect basketball to beat them. The 3rd quarter is nearly over and they have 4 guys in double digits
  • Nader revenge SZN in full effect. He’s gonna be raining 3’s every chance he gets tonight.
  • So let me get this straight: you can’t review a no-call, but if someone challenges a foul and it gets overturned, they can call the foul on the other team (which was not called originally)?? How does that make any sense?
  • OKC Boston would be an incredible Finals matchup. I’m just saying.


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