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OKC collects their most impressive win this season by beating talented 76ers team in OT, 127-119



1) Nice bounce back performance: The Thunder had their worst performance of the season last game at Indiana. It was key to see how this group would bounce back and they responded extremely well, playing much better this game against one of the best teams in the NBA. The Thunder took down a very talented 76ers team in OT in a close back and fourth game that saw nine lead changes and six ties throughout. This was the Thunder’s best offensive game, with four of the five starters scoring 19+ points.

2) Ferguson looking fresh: Terrance Ferguson missed the last game due to personal reasons and you have to wonder how much those personal reasons were affecting Ferguson’s game because he looked like a brand new man tonight. A fresh cut Ferguson had his best overall game this season, looking more confident and assertive on both sides of the floor. Ferguson finished with 19 points on 7-9 shooting, including 5-7 from three. Ferguson was active on the defensive end and very much involved on the offensive side by looking for his shots. I love the play the Thunder with Ferguson where he runs an off-ball curl route that leads to catch and shoot threes, I wish the Thunder would run more of them as they seem to put Ferguson in rhythm and gives him a boost of confidence.

3) 3rd quarter struggles continue: The Thunder struggled in the third quarter yet again in what has been a reoccurrence all season long. The Thunder gave up another 30+ point third quarter this time to the 76ers, getting outscored 34-26. The 76ers went on a 14-2 run during the quarter and you have to question why Billy Donovan refused to call a timeout when the momentum started to swing back to the 76ers’ side. Until it didn’t.

4) CP3s best game: This was easily Chris Paul’s best game this season. Paul finished with a season-high 27 points on 7-13 shooting along with five assists, eight rebounds, and zero turnovers. Paul had the best NRTG on the team at 18.2. Paul stepped up huge in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring. Paul looked in control and calm this game. Paul has really taken advantage of the leadership role he was offered on this team and has been a great teammate to have.

5) Adams contains Embiid: Steven Adams did as good of a job as you could hope when defending Joel Embiid. When it comes to a player like Embiid, you can only hope to contain them and Adams did a good job of doing that. Embiid did finish with 31 points and 12 rebounds on 12-24 shooting, but that production was well earned and the Thunder made it difficult for Embiid. Embiid might’ve finished with an impressive stat line but the 76ers still struggled with him on the floor, finishing with a -8.7 NRTG and a -10 +/- despite playing 38 minutes and had a game high 33.5 USG%. Adams himself had a quiet seven points and seven rebounds game but finished with an unusual four assists and two blocks. In the fourth quarter and overtime in nine minutes, Adams had a 57.9 NRTG.

6) Efficient game for Gallo: Danilo Gallinari is so good, he finished this game with 28 points on just 7-11 shooting. Gallinari scored 12 of those points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Including scoring five straight points for the Thunder in overtime that ballooned the Thunder’s lead from 112-111 to 117-111, which essentially decided the game. Gallinari led the game in ORTG at 136.6.

7) One of SGAs sneaky, quiet games: After having a bad game against the Pacers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander performed great tonight. Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 24 points on 9-19 shooting. Gilgeous-Alexander stepped up big time in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring 10 points on 4-6 shooting, with three of those made shots coming in the paint against the 76ers tall frontcourt of Embiid and Al Horford.

8) OKC takes over in OT: The Thunder scored 20 points in overtime, which is extremely efficient and high scoring to say the least. The 20 points were skewed somewhat with eight of those points came from the free throw line at the end when the 76ers were trying to get back into the game. Gallinari finished with seven point and Gilgeous-Alexander finished with six points. The Thunder were getting anything they wanted in overtime and were able to beat a great 76ers team. The Thunder started off the season struggling in close games but have recently performed better. This was the Thunder’s most impressive win and everybody stepped up in their own way at the end.

9) OKC FT game strong: The Thunder have been struggling at the free throw line but that was the complete opposite this game. The Thunder went 35/41 (85.4%) from the line this game, including a perfect 23/23 from the line for Paul and Gallinari. The 76ers finished with 32 personal fouls in a game where both Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris fouled out.

10) D struggled: This was a great game overall but the defense struggled against the 76ers, who finished with 119 points on 50.0/ 43.8/ 68.2 shooting splits and had a 115.5 ORTG as a team. The Thunder have allowed 108+ points in their last five games now.

Next Game: The 5-7 Thunder travel to LA to take on ex-teammates Paul George and Patrick Patterson and the 7-5 Clippers, Nov. 18.

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