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OKC Thunder: Five takeaways from Game 6 win against Rockets in NBA Playoffs

The Thunder forced a Game 7 with a 104-100 win against the Rockets in Game 6 Monday night. 

Here are five takeaways: 

Paul leads in crunch time

Chris Paul checked out with 6:10 left in the fourth quarter, and the Rockets went on an immediate 5-0 run as the Thunder turned the ball over twice without their trusty point guard. 

Billy Donovan called timeout less than a minute later, and Paul checked back in. 

Paul drained back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game 98-98 with three minutes left. 

After getting the switch he wanted, Paul drew a foul against Robert Covington with 13.1 seconds left. Paul swished both of his free throws to give the Thunder a 102-100 lead. 

The Thunder outscored the Rockets by 20 points with Paul on the floor. 

Throwing it away

Russell Westbrook dribbled the ball up the floor with 13 seconds left and the Rockets trailing by two points. He got into the lane before forcing an errant pass that sailed helplessly out of bounds. 

It was Westbrook’s seventh turnover of the night, and a costly one that ensured a Game 7 against his former team. 

Gallinari gets going 

Two days after scoring one point on 0-of-5 shooting, Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points in Game 6. He shot 4-of-9 from 3-point range. 

OKC intentionally fed Gallinari early, and it continued to do so even after Gallinari missed his first four shots. 

Gallinari scored 12 of his points in the third quarter. He consistently hunted one-on-one matchups and shot over Houston’s smaller defenders. 

Dort’s run 

Luguentz Dort sparked the Thunder’s offense, yes, the offense, with an 8-0 run to end the third quarter. Dort was responsible for all eight points. He splashed a pair of 3-pointers and finished a contested layup. 

Dort played just six minutes in the first half after picking up three quick fouls. 

Dennis Schroder handled the James Harden assignment in Dort’s absence. 

Turnover troubles

Both teams struggled with turnovers. The Thunder committed 19 and the Rockets committed 22. 

Related Photos
Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3), Dennis Schroder (17), head coach Billy Donovan, center rear, and others celebrate their 104-100 win against the Houston Rockets in an NBA first-round playoff basketball game, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3), Dennis Schroder (17), head coach Billy Donovan, center rear, and others celebrate their 104-100 win against the Houston Rockets in an NBA first-round playoff basketball game, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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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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