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Jim Boylen put both hands on top of his head as the ball bounced directly into Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s hands. The Bulls coach looked up in exasperation.

He could have predicted what would happen next. Boylen had seen the same sequence of events happen over and over all game. Turnover. Bucket.

But in the first half, it was his team taking advantage of the Thunder’s mistakes. Now, as time ran out in the fourth period, it was OKC guard Chris Paul draining the 3-pointer to take advantage of a Bulls turnover.

Boylen called timeout as what had once been an all but guaranteed road win slipped from Chicago’s grasp. The Thunder beat the Bulls 109-106 Monday, after trailing by as many as 26 points in the first half. The comeback tied the largest in Thunder history, matching a 26-point comeback at Houston last February.

“We just had to figure it out,” Paul said. “That was the first team that defended us like that on the ball screen. Denver was up, but most teams every night are in drop (coverage). Once our bigs got adjusted to (it), they were the ones that were going to have to make the plays, we were OK.”

The Thunder scored 17 points off turnovers in the second half to pull OKC back into the game.

Late in the third quarter, Thunder guard Dennis Schroder landed next to the basket after scoring a layup. As he regained his footing, Schroder turned and went after Bulls guard Coby White.

White had just received the inbounds pass, but he had barely gained possession when Schroder swatted the ball out of his hands. Schroder then turned and slung a pass to Paul at the free-throw line. He drained a jump shot to make it a 10-point game with 33 seconds left in the period.

On the Bulls’ next possession, Schroder puffed his chest and extended his arms in front of Ryan Arcidiacono. The Bulls guard tossed up an awkward pass that flew behind him. Paul grabbed the loose ball.

A foul on the other end of the floor put Nerlens Noel on the free throw line. He drained two free throws to cut Chicago’s lead to 90-82.

Plays like that — defense that led to offense — led to a standoff at the end of the game.

With four seconds to go, and the score tied at 106 apiece, Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. fouled Steven Adams on an inbound play.

Adams banked his first free throw in. 107-106.

He missed the second to wind three seconds off the clock.

White fouled Paul. He made both his free throws.

The Thunder comeback featured a complete reversal of roles from the first half.

“I thought in the first half, we didn’t help very well we were a step slow,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “They looked like faster, more aggressive team in the first half.”

Halfway through the first quarter, Schroder miscalculated the pass. He hadn’t anticipated Bulls guard Zach LaVine flashing in front of it and taking off down the court for an easy layup. Much easier than the acrobatic finishes he had made around the Thunder’s best defenders.

But that’s exactly what happened.

The characters changed. So did the scenes. But the Thunder watched some version of that movie play on repeat as the Bulls scored 26 of their 68 first-half points on turnovers.

At the final whistle, the Bulls had increased that to 39 points off 26 turnovers. The Thunder countered with 22 points off 14 turnovers.

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<strong>Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono, right, tries to keep the ball away from Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder during Monday night's game at at Chesapeake Energy Arena. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono, right, tries to keep the ball away from Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder during Monday night's game at at Chesapeake Energy Arena. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) passes around Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) passes around Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-13aac2f0d9ae7577ba831d64cc69383f.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) defends in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) defends in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) shoots as Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) defends in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) passes the ball away from Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) after a Thunder turnover in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6c4dd06475f5def3a74827a01c366e50.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) passes away from Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) passes away from Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) passes away from Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) takes the ball to the basket against Chicago's Tomas Satoransky (31) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4b89850db3460df551a85cbd9791a126.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives against Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives against Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives against Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-58e38fffa3fd803d2c3c7e7141acc994.jpg" alt="Photo - Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) dunks the ball next to Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) dunks the ball next to Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) dunks the ball next to Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-468efa565912108e07789bb2d9aced79.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) takes and makes a three-point shot against Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) takes and makes a three-point shot against Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) takes and makes a three-point shot against Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f16ca9f2d9024d7c0fd53186a2d76399.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) dunks the ball in front of Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr. (34) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) dunks the ball in front of Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr. (34) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) dunks the ball in front of Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr. (34) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4f71f597f25ae304474a883d1125ef1a.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) defends Chicago's Tomas Satoransky (31) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) defends Chicago's Tomas Satoransky (31) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) defends Chicago's Tomas Satoransky (31) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ea70014ba1bdd40204be13241f28026d.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) shoots in front of Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) shoots in front of Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) shoots in front of Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c6a93a2c91a3d786915d26ec6b7b76eb.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) shoots past Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) shoots past Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) shoots past Chicago's Ryan Arcidiacono (51) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-da4c0667e5cf9ed64acc4be0e626d982.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots as Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) defends in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots as Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) defends in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots as Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (24) defends in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a3cef62da42e15ffb5b6a7d2d487e20c.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) chases the ball in front of Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) chases the ball in front of Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) chases the ball in front of Chicago's Thaddeus Young (21) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6ff0d559b6041a7699257098b7715601.jpg" alt="Photo - Masaki Miyao, 24, from Tokyo, holds a sign that reads &quot;From Japan for Chris Paul&quot; before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Masaki Miyao, 24, from Tokyo, holds a sign that reads &quot;From Japan for Chris Paul&quot; before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Masaki Miyao, 24, from Tokyo, holds a sign that reads &quot;From Japan for Chris Paul&quot; before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3bf8f027c20dcb3756a9b7c324caf833.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) speaks to teammates during a timeout between the third and fourth quarters in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) speaks to teammates during a timeout between the third and fourth quarters in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) speaks to teammates during a timeout between the third and fourth quarters in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) shoots as Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr. (34) defends in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-521c37f477c05f761e551081f1f71a0b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) talks to coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) talks to coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) talks to coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bbbb50c48142305feca6759bed54836d.jpg" alt="Photo - Coach Billy Donovan walks on the court during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Coach Billy Donovan walks on the court during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Coach Billy Donovan walks on the court during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3de5bae28143f2df7464f020342c008d.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) shoots his second free throw with 4.3 seconds left during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) shoots his second free throw with 4.3 seconds left during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) shoots his second free throw with 4.3 seconds left during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-74107f39f5b1a36c39fbd5ce4513adb8.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) passes the ball away from Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) after rebounding his own missed free throw in the final seconds during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] " title="Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) passes the ball away from Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) after rebounding his own missed free throw in the final seconds during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) passes the ball away from Chicago's Zach LaVine (8) after rebounding his own missed free throw in the final seconds during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Oklahoma City won 109-106. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
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