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Thunder: Chris Paul moves into No. 8 on all-time NBA steals list

DENVER – Chris Paul saw his opening.

As he trailed Nuggets guard Gary Harris along the baseline, Harris lost his dribble. Paul dove, wedging his body between Harris and the ball, tapping it in bounds before it could land across the line.

In the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s 110-102 loss at Denver Saturday, Paul recorded his 2,163rd career steal. He passed Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA all-time list, moving into No. 8. Paul added another steal later that period for good measure, to total four on the night.

“I’ve been playing for a while,” Paul said. “Honor, privilege. Trying to catch Mo Cheeks.”

Cheeks, a Hall of Famer and Thunder assistant coach, ranks No. 5 all-time, with 2,310 steals. John Stockton (3,265) holds the record.

“It’s always nice to do that stuff,” Paul said. “It would have been nice if we would have won, but it’s cool.”

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul looks to the bench after being fouled by the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul looks to the bench after being fouled by the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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