SECOND QUARTER — PAST-OKC 22 CURRENT-OKC 30; 11:42 REMAINING
Darius Bazley screens for Paul, and then pops to the elbow beyond the line, causing Westbrook to be switched to him. Paul bounces through his legs back to the rookie, knowing Westbrook won’t close out. Bazely drains it over Westbrook, who would later claim to The Athletic’s Erik Horne, that he was in position.
Past-Donovan, who carefully hides his frustration with Westbrook by chewing another piece of gum — the brand of the particular gum remains unknown — calls timeout.
SECOND QUARTER — PAST-OKC 34 CURRENT-OKC 34; 8:27 REMAINING
George has come to life, having adjusted to the pregame space/time-revelation. Westbrook has, until now, shrugged off George’s existential ramblings in the huddle. “The future is not set,” George yells as he dribbles up the floor. “There is no fate but what we make,” he cries as he hits a made-3 over Current-Ferg.
A weird moment occurs as Current-Ferg shoots and misses a corner-3. Curent-Adams grabs the offensive rebound and Westbrook scowls at him thinking his Adams (Past) did not box out for him to rebound. Westbrook refuses to admit he is wrong.
Current-Hamidou Diallo runs into Past-Diallo causing a third timeline to form where Victor Oladipo is traded to the 2015-16 OKC Thunder at the deadline for Serge Ibaka and Cameron Payne. Wowza. The Diallos disappear into the void.
SECOND QUARTER — PAST-OKC 39 CURRENT-OKC 37; 7:20 REMAINING
George continues his scorched earth policy of the Current-OKC, scoring 12 points in the quarter. The Diallos remain trapped in the space between space or whatever Kingdom of the Crystal Skull tried to pawn off on us. This opens the door for the Abdel Naders to be unleashed.
SGA’s scoring has cooled down (11p on 4-8) but he blocked Westbrook at the rim. The fans in the arena had no idea how to react. Paul comes back in for Ferguson with Current-Donovan closing the half with Paul, Schroder, SGA, Gallinari and Adams to combat the Westbrook, Ferguson, George, Grant, Adams lineup.
SECOND QUARTER — PAST-OKC 47 CURRENT-OKC 44; .31 REMAINING
Paul begins to slowly dribble up the floor while Westbrook barks at Past-Ferg to back off. Paul v Westbrook. George chases around SGA. The entire time, George studies SGA with a look of revealed joy. “It’s going to be you, you know,” George would say fighting over screens. “Please stop, sir,” a concerned SGA replies.
Paul dribbles and looks at the clock. Westbrook says bad words and disregards Past-Donovan’s defensive commands. Hesitation dribble, crossover, step-back fade-away from the left elbow as time expires. Bucket. Tied.
Yes, both teams combined for 18 points over the final seven minutes.
END OF SECOND QUARTER — TIED AT 47