Chris Paul put on a show in his former city.
Paul, who spent six years of his career playing in New Orleans, had a clutch stretch in the final minutes of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 107-104 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. During the stretch, Paul scored seven of his 16 points as the Thunder went on a 12-0 run.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan was impressed with Paul’s ability to take over this game.
“I thought Chris did a great job managing the clock and managing the game and getting guys where they needed to go,” Donovan said in a post-game interview.
Although Paul’s late surge elevated the Thunder to victory, the 34-year-old point guard was quick to credit the rest of his team for the big win.
“It was just winning time,” Paul said. “[Steven Adams] made big plays, big free throws and we got timely stops. That was huge for us.”
Paul gave an accurate assessment of his teammates as most of them scored points as well. Danilo Gallinari led Thunder scorers with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroeder and Steven Adams all had 17 points.
Sunday’s victory against the Pelicans brought the Thunder’s record to 8-11. One thing to note about their record is that six of the Thunder’s eight victories came against either the Pelicans or the Golden State Warriors.
The Thunder host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 7 p.m.