The story of the Thunder’s season has been their clutch play and it was on full display in Game 6. Paul scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and made all the necessary plays to keep Oklahoma City’s campaign alive.
Down six with 4:19 to go, Paul made back-to-back step-back 3s to tie the game. Given the amount of time left, if he misses just one of those shots it’s likely that Oklahoma City loses.
Instead, a six-point deficit turned into another clutch victory, which is far from a surprise for a team that was 30-15 in clutch games in the regular season and 3-0 in this series. One thing is clear, if Game 7 comes down to the last five minutes and the point differential is five or fewer, the Thunder have the edge.
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With 4:19 left in Game 6, the Rockets had the Thunder on the ropes. After a James Harden 3-pointer and Paul’s technical foul for complaining over a Dennis Schroder charge, OKC looked all but done. It felt like we could give it a standing eight count … until Houston’s turnover issues.
The Rockets had 22 turnovers in Game 6, which is the most they’ve had this entire series.
Westbrook has been working his way back from a quad injury at the least ideal time.
Given the Rockets’ talent on offense they should win this series, but they aren’t going to if they continue to beat themselves. One of the most telling factors about this series is that the Rockets’ three triumphs have come by 15, 13 and 34 points, while their losses have been in close games that were there for the taking, but they couldn’t take advantage.
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