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Chris Paul pulled off a savvy move that helped his Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

The Thunder were down 121-119 with just over a second left in the game. Karl-Anthony Towns was at the free throw line and had missed his first free-throw attempt. Jordan Bell then entered the game for Shabazz Napier, but Paul noticed Bell’s jersey was untucked. CP3 yelled that out, and referee Scott Foster decided to call a delay of game on Minnesota.

The delay of game gave the Thunder a technical free throw, which Danilo Gallinari made to make the score 121-120. Towns tried to miss the second free throw to force Oklahoma City to have a long shot if any on the rebound, but he made it instead.

Steven Adams then threw a long pass to Dennis Schroder, who made a tough shot to tie the game as time expired.

The Thunder ended up winning 139-127 in overtime.

Credit to Chris Paul for his veteran smarts on that move, and to his teammates for the incredible last-second play. And what a blown game for Minnesota. CP3 is like a basketball Bill Belichick; the guy knows all the rules and tricks to gain an edge.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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ATL / 23,292*
Dominique Wilkins
BK / 10,444
Brook Lopez
BOS / 26,395*
John Havlicek
CHA / 12,009
Kemba Walker
CHI / 29,277*
Michael Jordan
CLE / 23,119
LeBron James
DAL / 31,560
Dirk Nowitzki
DEN / 21,645*
Alex English
DET / 18,822*
Isiah Thomas
GSW / 17,783*
Wilt Chamberlain
HOU / 26,511*
Hakeem Olajuwon
IND / 25,279*
Reggie Miller
LAC / 12,735
Randy Smith
LAL / 33,643
Kobe Bryant
MEM / 11,733
Mike Conley
MIA / 21,556
Dwyane Wade
MIL / 14,211*
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
MIN / 19,201
Kevin Garnett
NO / 11,059
Anthony Davis
NYK / 23,665*
Patrick Ewing
OKC / 18,859
Russell Westbrook
ORL / 11,435
Dwight Howard
PHI / 21,586*
Hal Greer
PHX / 15,666
Walter Davis
POR / 18,040*
Clyde Drexler
SAC / 22,009*
Oscar Robertson
SA / 26,496
Tim Duncan
TOR / 13,296
DeMar DeRozan
UTAH / 36,374*
Karl Malone
WAS / 15,551*
Elvin Hayes

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