The Oklahoma City Thunder rallied back from a 26-point deficit on Monday night to knock off the Chicago Bulls 109-106 thanks largely to a clutch banked-in free throw from Steven Adams with just four seconds left on the clock.
Adams went to the line after he was fouled by Wendell Carter Jr. with the game tied, clearly a critical moment in the game.
He could feel the pressure, too.
“Yeah, I absolutely s--t my pants shooting that free throw,” Adams said, via Fox Sports Oklahoma. “That’s pretty tough. I didn’t realize how much pressure it is. But I made it. Gotta be happy with it.”
Adams missed the second free throw, but it didn’t matter. He ended up grabbing the rebound and kicking it out to Chris Paul, who drained a pair of free throws to seal the three-point win for the Thunder — marking the biggest comeback win at home in team history.
While Adams — who finished the night with nine points and 11 rebounds and is shooting 51 percent from the free throw line this season, though attempting just three shots from the charity stripe per game — deserves a lot of credit for the free throw and final rebound to ensure the win, Paul is the one who made the comeback possible.
Entering the final period down eight points, Paul dropped 19 points in the fourth quarter with five 3-pointers. He finished the night with a near-triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists after shooting 9-of-12 from the field.
“We was getting our ass kicked,” Paul said, via Fox Sports Oklahoma. “I just kept telling the guys, ‘We’ve got to communicate. We’ve got to talk.’ This league is tricky like that. You always got a chance to get back in the game.”
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