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Five takeaways from the Thunder's win against the Nets

The Thunder closed its four-game road trip with a third victory. The Thunder beat the Nets 111-103 in overtime Tuesday night in Brooklyn. 

Here are five takeaways from the game: 

Closing time

Chris Paul navigated to his favorite spot in the paint and drained back-to-back midrange jumpers. The second, with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter, tied the game 101-101 after the Thunder trailed by seven points with 3:44 left. 

Paul, captain of the Thunder’s clutch-time success, scored 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter. 

But the crafty veteran dribbled the ball off his right leg and out of bounds with 11.7 seconds left. It was the Thunder’s fourth turnover in the final five minutes of regulation.

Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder fouled the Nets before they inbounded the ball, but Spencer Dinwiddie missed a go-ahead free throw and then a potential game winner at the buzzer. 

Paul scored four more points in overtime as OKC held Brooklyn to just two overtime points. The Nets turned the ball over three times in the extra frame. 

The Thunder is 4-0 in overtime games. 

Defending Dinwiddie

Dinwiddie is the catalyst of the Nets offense with Kyrie Irving out. Dinwiddie entered the night averaging a career-high 22.7 points per game. 

The Thunder held him scoreless in the first half. Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Schroder took turns defending Dinwiddie. 

Dinwiddie finished with 14 points on 6-of-21 shooting. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts. 

Playing shorthanded

Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari did not play Tuesday night. Gallinari was listed as out with a right calf contusion. 

It's a new injury for Gallinari, who has missed five games in the last month due to a left ankle injury. Gallinari started the Thunder's previous four games. Rookie Darius Bazley started in Gallinari’s place. 

Thunder center Nerlens Noel was also out Tuesday night. Noel sprained his left ankle Saturday at Cleveland.

Jarrett Allen, highlight machine

In one night, Nets center Jarrett Allen made a convincing case for dunk of the season and block of the season. 

Mike Muscala was Mozgoved in the first quarter, as Allen dunked all over the Thunder backup center. Allen reached his right hand high above the rim, and in peak Blake Griffin fashion, threw the ball down into the rim as much as he dunked it. 

It was a rough night for Muscala. He was beaten up inside and shot just 2-of-8 from the field and 0-of-5 from behind the arc. He’s shooting a career-worst 31 percent from the field and 28 percent from three. 

Allen’s third-quarter block might have been better than his dunk. The former Texas product waited at the rim as Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson dribbled in from the baseline with hopes of putting Allen on a poster. Allen accepted the challenged and swatted away the would-be slam. 

Green light

Both teams were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. That quick turnaround with no rest created opportunities for players deeper on the bench. 

Nineteen players — 10 for the Thunder and nine for the Nets — scored in the first half. 

A high volume of shots came from unlikely hands Tuesday. 

Muscala and Bazley attempted eight shots. Deonte Burton and Abdel Nader played 16 minutes and attempted six and five shots. Neither played Monday in Philadelphia. Diallo attempted four shots. 

Those five Thunder players combined to shoot 10-of-31 (32 percent). 

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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