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The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Houston Rockets 117-114 in Monday's Game 4 of the best-of-seven first-round series.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder trailed the Houston Rockets by 15 points halfway through the third quarter. It looked like a dire situation for a team desperate to avoid going down in the series 3-1. The Thunder slowly started cutting into the lead, making it a single-digit deficit with 2:38 to go in the third quarter. They were driving, but the game still leaned in the Rockets' favor. Then Oklahoma City and guards Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder picked up the pace.

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With about 30 seconds to go, Paul grabbed a long rebound off a James Harden miss and pushed it ahead to Schroder, who then made an alley-oop pass to Nerlens Noel to cut the lead to four. Then with four seconds left, Paul got another long rebound. He rushed up the court and passed it to Schroder with a second to go, who released it just in time. Money from deep. Oklahoma City, on the verge of losing control, went on a 19-5 run to close the quarter and make it a game — and a series — again.

The score was 93-92 at the end of the third quarter. Schroder had 21 points, a team-high, at the end of the third quarter. See the Alabama State shoes that OKC Thunder guard Chris Paul wore in Rockets playoff game Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul chose to wear shoes for Monday's NBA Playoff game against the Houston Rockets that honor Alabama State University. Since the NBA restart in Orlando, Paul has worn shoes that recognize historically Black colleges and universities. He's previously worn shoes that celebrate North Carolina A&T, Alabama A&M, Howard, Livingstone and Albany State, according to Slam. The Jordan's that Paul wore Monday were black across the top and bottom with yellow along the back and since of the ankles. It said "Alabama State" on the inside of his right ankle, and it said "ASU" on the back of Paul's left heel. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Houston Rockets 117-114 in Monday's Game 4 of the best-of-seven first-round series. The OKC win evened the series at 2-2. Paul scored 26 points with six rebounds and three assists on Monday. Paul is in his first season with the Thunder. He is also the president of the National Basketball Players Association. Check out more ASU Hornets basketball news: ASU Hornets: Here are the players new coach Mo Williams had added to the Hornets basketball team Here are the players new coach Mo Williams had added to the Hornets basketball team Mo Williams: Alabama State names former NBA player Mo Williams as men's basketball coach Alabama State names former NBA player Mo Williams as men's basketball coach Mo Williams: 5 things to know about the new Alabama State men's basketball head coach From 2003-05, Paul played college basketball at Wake Forest. He earned Atlantic Coast Conference all-conference honors in both 2003-04 and 2004-05. Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.

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