The Oklahoma City Thunder came away with a 139-127 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, and things looked pretty bleak for the Thunder with just one second remaining in regulation.
With 1.1 second(s) remaining and the T-Wolves up 121-119, Minnesota’s Jordan Bell was called for a technical foul after the Thunder’s Chris Paul pointed out that Bell’s jersey was untucked while subbing in with Karl-Anthony Towns at the free throw line.
holy shit here it is
CHRIS PAUL SNITCHED TO SCOTT FOSTER THAT JORDAN BELL HAD HIS JERSEY UNTUCKED AND HE ACTUALLY CALLED IT pic.twitter.com/c1l7SzmAna
— Chris Pwob (@WorldWideWob) December 7, 2019
Danilo Gallinari then made a free throw for the Thunder, before Towns made his free throw at the other end. And then Thunder center Steven Adams made a Patrick Mahomes-esque full-court pass which Dennis Schroder turned into a game-tying layup to beat the buzzer.
STEVEN ADAMS TO DENNIS SCHRODER TO FORCE OT! 🤯🤯
— NBA (@NBA) December 7, 2019
An excellent play by the Thunder, but also some rough defense by the T-Wolves. But that tied the game, and Oklahoma City carried the momentum over to overtime, where they pummeled Minnesota 17-5 in the five-minute extra period. For the first time in franchise history, the Thunder got at least 20 points from five different players: Paul (30), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (29), Schroder (25), Adams (22), and Gallinari (21).
The Thunder and Timberwolves are currently in a fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, with Minnesota (10-11) holding a one-game lead over Oklahoma City (9-12) for the eighth seed after Friday night’s result.