“Some Respect on His Name”: LeBron James Hails Thunder’s Chris Paul for Pulling Clutch Heroics

Published 09/01/2020, 6:00 AM EDT


The Oklahoma City Thunder were two games down in Round 1 and their chances of a comeback looked bleak. However, forward Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and guard Chris Paul lifted their side and put them back in the contention, their efforts receiving praise from LeBron James.

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The Houston Rockets now face serious trouble. They entered the Playoffs after taking three consecutive defeats in the Orlando Bubble seeding games. Now, it has all come down to a knockout game as they lost game 6 against the OKC 100-104. 

Chris Paul Made His Clutch Case Strong, and LeBron James noted it!

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The OKC are 33-15 in the clutch games in the current 2019-20 season. This means they have won a crazy 68.75% of the games that went too close in the decisive quarter/OT. Moreover, they’re 3-0 in this Round 1 series against the Rockets when it is about the clutch games. 

Now a stat like that can be scary for the opponents. But what is scarier is the fact that CP3 is in a killer form lately. In Game 6, he scored 28 points, 7 rebs, and 3 assists. Chris remains underrated and does not attract as much praise as his counterparts. But LeBron James could not stop himself from throwing praise at his performance in the do-or-die game.

Plus, he scored 15 points in the fourth quarter itself, which was better in every context when compared to a combined figure from both James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Game 6 takeaways

The entire game was so close that there was never a clear winner. The biggest lead from Rockets came when they were 63-54 ahead. Harden’s first three-pointer came when four minutes remained in quarter 2. Forward Eric Gordon’s stumbling quarter 2 buzzer-beater was another treat to watch. 

OKC forward Danilo Gallinari was the best weapon from the downtown as he scored 4 three-pointers before half-time. In the fourth quarter, Houston took a good 98-92 lead from 84-91 down and turned the match. At this point, everyone thought the OKC are sure to lose. However, CP3’s back-to-back three-pointers as he took Jeff Green one-on-one changed the dynamics.

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Later, Russell Westbrook missed a crucial pass, gifted a turnover, and helped a giveaway to OKC. A hard foul followed the mishap that handed OKC the victory. Now a game 7 will decide their fate.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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