When a team misses their leading scorer, other guys will have to step up in order to make up for the loss in order to win games.
And that’s what Shai Gilgeous Alexander’s fellow point guards did as Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder combined for 55 points in order to complete the 18 point comeback win on the road against the Celtics.
The Thunder clamped down on defense in the second half and only allowed 41 total points after just giving up a 37 point second quarter.
Things started to look bleak at the end when the Celtics were up by one with the ball and 8.5 seconds left. The Thunder had multiple chances to take a lead late but failed to cash in. Gallinari had a couple of wide open threes and missed. Schroder passed up a decent left wing three that forced a shot clock violation. Steven Adams missed a pair of free throws late in a one point game, Paul was missing on his signature pull up jumpers.
But then Kemba Walker lost the ball as he was blitz by the two Thunder point guards and Schroder was able to pick it up and lay it up to give OKC the improbable one point lead.
Jayson Tatum would proceed to air ball the next shot that would’ve won them the game and OKC managed to steal this one on the road and will probably jump ahead of the Rockets in the standings tonight in one of their more impressive wins this season without their future franchise cornerstone.