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The beauty of having three starter-quality point guards? When one has to sit due to injury (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, out with a hip contusion), you still have two. And the beauty of having a hall-of-famer on the roster is just that: he’s a living legend. In a highly entertaining game between two playoff teams that came down to the wire, the Thunder notched another impressive road win in Boston.
Dennis Schröder came up with an inbounds steal and layup to put the Thunder up 105-104 (the final score) with 8.5 seconds to go, after Chris Paul (28/7/6) had kept them in it by drawing fouls, contesting shots, securing offensive rebounds, and (duh) sinking midrangers down the stretch.
To seal the W, Paul frustrated Jayson Tatum one-on-one (despite giving up 7 inches and 25 pounds) into a failed game-winning shot attempt just before the buzzer.
Tatum had been lights out heading into the game, averaging 32+ points over the Celtics last eight, but went for just 19 on 8-22 shooting against OKC, who have another signature win to add to their growing collection since December.