Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Thunder hit buzzer-beater to force OT, then top Timberwolves

Thunder hit buzzer-beater to force OT, then top Timberwolves

Then, rather than intentionally miss, Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns sunk the second of his two free-throw attempts, preventing the clock from starting. Oklahoma City forced overtime when Steven Adams threw a length-of-the-court pass that Dennis Schroder caught and laid in at the buzzer. Chris Paul noticed and immediately began yelling to the refs that an untucked jersey, according to the rulebook, is a delay of game.

In its comment on the play, the league said, "Bell enters the game with his jersey untucked and a delay of game is correctly called".

The Thunder only got the free throw because Towns had received an earlier warning in the first half for taking too long to unwrap his knees.

After the game, Paul spoke to the media about his keen awareness of the rules that led to the decisive delay of game call.

Steven Adams has produced one of the plays of the National Basketball Association season to help his Oklahoma City Thunder side pull off a miraculous victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves this afternoon. After the game, Paul told reporters that he was aware that a second delay of game would gift his team a free throw, but that officials will often let the violation slide and not call it. They outscored the Wolves 17-5 to win it 139-127.

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Jeff Teague scored a season-high 32 points, and Towns added 30 for the Timberwolves.

"I ain't ever been part of something like that", Towns said. The Thunder had a 10-point lead in the fourth but the Timberwolves answered back and went on a 14-2 run stealing the lead, 119-117 with 1:04 left in the game.

If you check Twitter, you'll quickly see just how ridiculous this final result came to be.

Donovan did acknowledge there is some frustration for players because of the Thunder's 8-12 record, but he called it a healthy frustration that shows that they care.

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