Point Guards Lead The Way For a Thunder Victory

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 06: Danilo Gallinari #8, Chris Paul #3, head coach Billy Donovan, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2, Dennis Schroder #17, and Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder look on against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 6, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Oklahoma City Thunder have taken their first game of the series 119-107. The game was close throughout and even ended up going into overtime. The game was tied up at 104, but the Thunder turned it up a notch and went on a 15-3 run in overtime to win. 

The Thunder were led by their two point guards. Starter Chris Paul put up 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. He shot 55 percent from the floor and went 4-6 from deep. Sixth-man Dennis Schroder had a team-high 29 points and dished out 5 assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had another solid game with 23 points. He also hauled in 7 rebounds. Forward Danilo Gallinari put up another 20 points, while Steven Adams added in a double-double. Adams did leave the game early due to a bruise on one of his knees. 

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James Harden put up the most points for the Rockets with 38 but went 3-13 from three. Backup forward Jeff Green continues to put up numbers. This time he put up 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Eric Gordon remains cold from deep shooting just 2-10 in this game. In the past two games, Gordon is 2-20 from three.  Point Guard Russell Westbrook, who missed another game, remains on the sideline with a quad injury.

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When the game did reach overtime, Houston ran out of gas. They missed their first seven shots before Danuel House hit a three. However, it wasn’t enough as the Thunder looked to close things out.

Game four will take place on Monday. The Oklahoma City Thunder will look even the series at two games a piece.

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