If you just looked at the box score, this overtime win for the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Minnesota Timberwolves would look no different than any other game.
If you check Twitter, you'll quickly see just how ridiculous this final result came to be.
Will you see the Steven Adams to Dennis Schroder buzzer-beater that sent the game into overtime? Maybe. Will you see that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 of the Thunder's 17 points in OT on his way to a career-high 29 points to lead the team to victory? Probably not.
But what you will see is that Chris Paul talked his team into a chance to win this game.
Does this all sound confusing?
Don't worry, we'll break it down for you below.
Chris Paul's call-out
The Timberwolves led by two points with 1.1 seconds on the clock as Karl-Anthony Towns stepped to the free throw line. He missed the first free throw, which already made things interesting.
Then, the savvy, veteran point guard Chris Paul made an observation that would change the game for his team. Paul shouted that Minnesota forward Jordan Bell did not have his jersey tucked in, which is a delay of game penalty, resulting in a technical free throw. The referee took notice to Paul's comment and charged Bell with a delay of game.
'His jersey's untucked!'- theScore (@theScore) December 7, 2019
CP3 called for a delay of game, and OKC won in OT. 😳
(🎥: @DimeUPROXX, @WorldWideWob) pic.twitter.com/Rc4OKz2KRz
This type of tattletaling could be punishable for up to 15 minutes in timeout in kindergarten or early grade school but in this case, it gave the Thunder a chance.
Danilo Gallinari calmly stepped to the line and buried the technical free throw. It's now a one-point game.
With just 1.1 seconds on the clock, Towns looked to miss the second free throw, making for a hectic scramble in OKC trying to convert a full-court heave. He accidentally hit the free throw, giving the Thunder an opportunity to set up a "Hail Mary" inbounds play.
Adams to Schroder, touchdown!
Steven Adams takes the ball out of bounds. He sees Dennis Schroder over the top with one-on-one coverage. Touchdown!
🎯🎯🎯- NBA (@NBA) December 7, 2019
ANOTHER LOOK at Steven Adams' clutch FULLCOURT dime to Dennis Schroder! #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/y8hMvLZj3h
We're heading to overtime!
Gilgeous-Alexander takes over
With somewhat of a clean slate - though it makes sense it was hard for the Timberwolves to re-focus after the hysteria that just occurred - the Thunder dominated the overtime period.
In particular, Canadian second-year guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took over to send Minnesota home with a loss.
Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 of the team's 17 points in overtime, going 2-for-3 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Pretty shot. SGA ❄️ in OT. @shaiglalex | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/ZOK7pJW3jY- OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 7, 2019
Big Play Shai. 9 points in OT.- OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 7, 2019
Watch the final 1:28 on @FOXSportsOK pic.twitter.com/RYaTtqA1aP
He finished the game with a career-high 29 points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Between him and Chris Paul's season-high 30 points, the Thunder were able to put a bow on one of the most unpredictable finishes we've seen in quite some time.
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