Stocks up as market faces down latest hurdle: dismal profitsRussell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirusOG&E updates restoration estimates for customers without power due to weekend storms

NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Five takeaways from the Thunder's 127-119 overtime win against the 76ers

Related coverage: Thunder vs 76ers

Recap: Thunder 127, 76ers 119 Thunder beat 76ers 127-119 in overtime for signature win of season Thunder journal: OKC more than happy to assist in 127-119 overtime win against 76ers

The Thunder beat the 76ers 127-119 at Chesapeake Energy Arena Friday in OKC's first overtime game of the season.

A thrilling end to regulation came when Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari's running shot missed just long at the buzzer. He didn't miss with 2:21 left in overtime, draining a 3-pointer to give OKC a 117-111 lead.

OKC improved to a 5-7 record in the win against Philadelphia (7-5). Here are five takeaways from the game:

Flashy assists

With about two minutes left in the first half, Thunder center Steven squeezed a bounce pass through the traffic jam in the paint to find Dennis Schroder as he cut to the basket.

On the Thunder’s next possession, Gallianri bounced a pass behind his back to set up Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for a dunk.

Those were two of the Thunder’s 22 assists Friday. Non-point guards accounted for 10 of those assists.

Shooting guard Terrance Ferguson logged two early on, and he could have had a third if Adam’s resulting shot hadn’t bounced off the rim. A minute and a half into the game, Ferguson assisted Chris Paul on a layup. On the next possession, he hooked a one-handed pass to Adams, who missed.

Guarding Embiid 

With a little over six minutes left in the third quarter, Thunder center Nerlens Noel ran up the sideline, trying to pull his arms out of his warmup jacket as he went. The 76ers had just subbed out Joel Embiid, which meant it was time for Noel to replace Adams.

After the first quarter, Thunder coach Billy Donovan adjusted OKC’s rotations to make sure Steven Adams was on the floor at the same time as 7-foot, 280-pound Embiid. Noel matched up with Al Horford in the 76ers smaller lineups.

That held true until the fourth quarter, when Noel remained in the game after picking up his fifth foul, even with Embiid in the game.

Embiid finished the game with 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting.

Third quarter deficit

The Thunder continued its trend of falling behind in the third quarter. After going into halftime with a 54-49 lead, OKC was outscored by Philadelphia 34-26 in the third.

The Thunder maintained its lead until the final three minutes of the period. Philadelphia overtook OKC in the midst of an 11-2 run.

Hometown kids shines

Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Josh Richardson scored 28 points for the 76ers, behind only Embiid. He picked up his fifth foul less than a minute into the fourth quarter but still closed the game.

Meanwhile, Tulsa native Ferguson made a season-high five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 19 points for the Thunder. His fifth 3-pointer of the night was the first basket scored in overtime.

Diallo out

Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (left knee sprain) sat out Friday. He suffered the injury in OKC’s 111-85 loss at Indiana Tuesday, according to Donovan. Diallo made his first start of the season in that game, playing 22 minutes

“We don’t think it’s going to be a thing that requires him sitting out for a long stretch,” Donovan said.

Ferguson, who did not make the trip to Indiana for personal reasons, returned to the starting lineup.

Related Photos
Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) celebrates a basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena,  Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) celebrates a basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-825d7c80a3090c86e5f3100ca5a79a27.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) celebrates a basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) celebrates a basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) celebrates a basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
Maddie Lee

Maddie Lee followed an NBA team from Seattle to Oklahoma City, she just took a 10-year detour in between. Lee joined the Oklahoman in October 2018 as a Thunder beat writer, fresh off a stint in Oxford, Miss., where she covered Ole Miss for the... Read more ›

Comments