CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to close games on the road, the Oklahoma City Thunder like their chances.
It helps to have a pair of guards like Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder.
Schroder scored 21 points and made a huge defensive play in the fourth quarter, helping the Thunder top the Chicago Bulls 124-122 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive win.
Oklahoma City (36-22) blew a 24-point lead but recovered in time to earn its ninth straight victory on the road, breaking a Thunder record. Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul finished with 19 points and nine assists.
“I think they understand that it’s just not going to be smooth sailing on the road. There’s going to be challenges,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said, “and I think that when it gets hard, our guys really, really kind of pull together.”
The Thunder also improved to 17-9 in games decided by six points or less.
“We looked up at the clock around five minutes and we (were) like ‘All right, let’s get to it,” Paul said. “Some of the better teams that I’ve been on, you sort of had that mentality.”
Gallinari’s driving dunk put Oklahoma City ahead to stay with 1:39 left.