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Los Angeles at Oklahoma City

Durant, Westbrook lift Thunder in OT

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kendrick Perkins challenged his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates before a showdown of division leaders with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

The Thunder had lost their first two games this season against other top teams in the Western Conference, and Perkins wanted that trend to stop immediately.

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It wasn't easy, but Oklahoma City got the job done.

Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and Oklahoma City's All-Star tandem scored all of the Thunder's points in overtime in a 117-111 victory over the Clippers.

"It felt good to finally get one of those wins, and we can move on now," Durant said.

Westbrook connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to open the scoring in overtime, and Durant rattled one in from about the same spot two possessions later for a 108-104 advantage.

Westbrook then answered DeAndre Jordan's three-point play with a baseline jumper, and Oklahoma City was able to close it out from the foul line.

"This is a good win for us, especially against a team like that, that had some success lately," said Thabo Sefolosha, who hounded Clippers All-Star Chris Paul much of the game.

Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 23 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 for the Clippers, who had a six-game winning streak snapped after entering the game tied for the best record in the West.

After trailing for the previous 44 minutes, the Clippers finally pulled even at 102 when Matt Barnes drove for a layup with 36 seconds left in regulation. Griffin denied Durant the ball on the Thunder's ensuing possession, and Westbrook came up empty on a drive to the basket.

Paul then dribbled out the rest of the clock before missing a turnaround jumper from the left elbow as the horn sounded.

"I think the frustrating part is we had an opportunity to win and, regardless of what anybody says, it's going to be hard for us to win a game when I play that bad," said Paul, who missed 12 of 14 shots and ended up with nine points and nine assists.

"It's tough because you work so hard but there's going to be nights like that."

Los Angeles had been tied with Memphis for the West's best record at the start of the day but dropped behind Oklahoma City and San Antonio with the loss. The Clippers were trying to win at least seven games in a row for only the sixth time in franchise history, and the first time since 1991.

"We fought the whole game and Chris got a great look. We're going to live and die on that shot," Jordan said. "We fought but we definitely made some mistakes tonight. They made more plays than we did down the stretch."

Barnes scored 19 points while replacing starting forward Caron Butler in the Clippers' lineup. Butler missed the game with a strained right shoulder sustained Monday night in a win at San Antonio.

Kevin Martin scored 20 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City before fouling out in overtime. Hasheem Thabeet also matched his career high with 10 points off the bench.

The Clippers won three out of four against Oklahoma City in a sometimes testy series last season that included Griffin's memorable throwdown over Perkins in a Clippers win and Perkins' retaliation with a hard foul to Griffin's face as Oklahoma City won the rematch.

Barnes had a couple scuffles with Ibaka and Perkins but nothing quite as noteworthy.

The Clippers ended up with a 54-38 edge scoring in the paint and a 28-10 advantage in second-chance points. Oklahoma City made up for it by making 34 of 39 free throws, while L.A. was 24 for 33.

Durant was 19 for 21 at the line, with coach Vinny Del Negro telling official Kevin Fehr after one call: "He doesn't need any help scoring."

"Those guys are physical and [I was] just trying to fight through it. Just trying to get there, man," Durant said. "I think early on, me driving and me getting into the paint, I was a little hesitant in the second half because I was turning the ball over.

"But I just tried to keep going. My teammates told me to just keep being aggressive, and that's what I tried to do."

The Thunder pushed ahead with a string of eight straight made baskets in the first quarter, and the lead stretched to 26-16 after Westbrook's extra effort turned a potential turnover into a three-point play for Thabeet.

The Clippers finally got back within striking distance early in the fourth, with Thunder coach Scott Brooks yelling to Durant to get off the bench with Los Angeles back within 78-75.

With Durant back in, Oklahoma City responded with the next six points to stabilize momentarily before the Clippers' final charge.

Notes

  • Los Angeles has held eight straight opponents below 46 percent shooting. The Thunder were just shy at 45.6 percent.
  • Crawford made all four of his free throws, stretching his streak of consecutive makes to 29. He made 37 in a row in April.
  • Jordan, one of the NBA's worst foul shooters at 42 percent, got Oklahoma City to stop hacking him intentionally in the fourth quarter by making three of four.
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Kevin Durant pours in a game-high 35 points as the Thunder win in OT to end the Clippers' six-game winning streak. (AP)
Kevin Durant pours in a game-high 35 points as the Thunder win in OT to end the Clippers' six-game winning streak. (AP)

Scoreboard
L.A. Clippers (8-3)222720339111
Oklahoma City (9-3) «2831172615117
LAC:B. Griffin 23 Pts
LAC:D. Jordan 10 Reb
LAC:C. Paul 9 Ast
OKC:K. Durant 35 Pts
OKC:S. Ibaka 12 Reb
OKC:R. Westbrook 9 Ast
Players of the Game
Los AngelesOklahoma City

Blake Griffin

Kevin Durant
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
23613565
Los Angeles
M. Barnes, SF447-173-490619
C. Paul, PG442-145-65929
B. Griffin, PF399-165-861523
D. Jordan, C364-84-6100212
W. Green, SG173-60-01318
J. Crawford, SG307-184-421220
E. Bledsoe, PG244-62-234111
L. Odom, PF172-60-28144
R. Hollins, C142-21-11045
R. Turiaf, C20-00-00000
C. Billups, PGDid Not Play
G. Hill, SFDid Not Play
C. Butler, SFDid Not Play
T. Thompkins, PFDid Not Play
Totals 40-9324-33451927111
 43.0%72.7% 
Oklahoma City
K. Durant, SF477-1919-2165135
R. Westbrook, PG428-204-639323
S. Ibaka, PF365-94-4121615
K. Perkins, C330-10-04130
T. Sefolosha, SF302-60-06026
K. Martin, SG356-105-520120
N. Collison, PF194-70-05238
H. Thabeet, C124-42-340410
E. Maynor, PG110-30-02210
R. Jackson, PGDid Not Play
D. Liggins, SGDid Not Play
D. Orton, CDid Not Play
P. Jones, SFDid Not Play
J. Lamb, SGDid Not Play
Totals 36-7934-39442024117
 45.6%87.2% 
Other Games
Phi 83 Final
Cle 92
NO 107 Final
Ind 115
Det 74 Final
Orl 90
Tor 97 Final
Char 98
Wash 100 Final
Atl 101
SA 112 Final
Bos 100
Mil 106 Final
Mia 113
Chi 89 Final
Hou 93
Den 101 Final
Min 94
NY 111 Final
Dal 114
Port 87 Final
Pho 114
LAL 97 Final
Sac 113
Brook 93 Final
GS 102