Lu Dort makes game-saving block against John Wall for Thunder win

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The Oklahoma City Thunder put the game in the hands of Lu Dort late against the Houston Rockets.

Dort was having a marvelous game, posting a team-high 23 points. On these specific two late possessions, he made two mistakes — and then made up for them both. He blocked a John Wall layup from behind to help the Thunder clinch a 114-112 win.

Oklahoma City had got a rebound with about 40 seconds left and a one-point lead. At that point, Dort went into iso mode. He dribbled between the halfcourt and 3-point lines until there were five seconds left on the shot clock, at which point he made a little move and pulled up for 3. Clank. No good, and the Rockets got the ball with the chance to take the lead.

He and the Thunder got back on defense with 16 seconds to play as John Wall took the ball with Dort defending him.

Wall managed to drive by Dort and get to the rim. It looked like he had a layup that would have given the Rockets the lead with nine seconds to play, but Dort flew in from behind and swatted it.

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“He got me, you know, he drove by me, and I had to come back in the play,” Dort said in the on-court interview with FOX Sports Oklahoma immediately after the game.

In the postgame press conference, head coach Mark Daigneault said:

“That was a heck of a play, obviously, and a great second effort. He was out of the play a little bit and came back and made an unbelievable play on the ball, which we kind of expect at this point from him, but it doesn’t make it any worse off.”

Dort was quick-thinking enough to call a timeout as the Thunder got the rebound, allowing them to inbound from halfcourt.

Aleksej Pokusevski hit a free throw to give the Thunder a two-point lead and Houston called a timeout.

Wall took matters into his own hands once again with five seconds to play. He pulled up from behind the 3-point line with Dort defending him.

The ball bounced off the rim and the Thunder held on for the victory.

With the win, Oklahoma City handed the Rockets their 20th loss in a row.

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