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Clippers beat Thunder 108-92 for 1st win of season

LOS ANGELES (AP) These new-look Clippers like each other.

With stars Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan cleared out, Los Angeles is looking to compete with a mix of veterans and youngsters who came together to earn their first win of the season.

Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris scored 26 points each and the Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter for a 108-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

''They just want to win and they're over themselves,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

The Thunder fell to 0-2 without Russell Westbrook, who has a right knee issue.

''He's missed everywhere,'' said guard Raymond Felton, who had 10 points off the bench.

Lou Williams, last season's Sixth Man of the Year, added 17 points off the bench. He hit a clutch 3-pointer to snap a 90-all tie and give the Clippers the lead for good midway through the fourth.

The Clippers outscored the Thunder 37-15 in the final quarter, when 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic scored 10 of his 13 points and Gallinari led the cheers from the bench.

''When you see the energy and the fans on our side, we were just having fun,'' Gallinari said.

Paul George led the Thunder with 20 points before fouling out with 1:13 remaining in the game. He was 7 of 27 from the field in part because of the defense of Avery Bradley and Luc Mbah a Moute.

''They made it a hard night on George,'' Rivers said.

Steven Adams had 17 points and 18 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive glass for the Thunder.

''We've got to execute better, we've got to run offense, and we're not going to be able just to rely on guys just trying to create and manufacture shots,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''We have to do it together.''

The Clippers led by 17 points in the first quarter. They were up by two at halftime before the Thunder took a nine-point lead in the third.

Los Angeles opened the game on a 16-0 run while the Thunder missed their first six shots. But Oklahoma City never took the lead despite twice pulling into a tie.

The Thunder gained their first lead of the game, 49-48, on a 3-pointer by Patrick Patterson to start the third. George took over offensively for a stretch, highlighted by a 3-pointer in which he got fouled and made the free throw, that helped Oklahoma City lead by nine.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Westbrook had only controlled contact at practice while he and the medical staff assess how his knee feels. ... George scored 27 points in an eight-point loss to defending champion Golden State in the opener.

Clippers: Rookie G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had two points in following up his 11-point NBA debut against Denver. ... Without any stars, the team has replaced individual player photos with nighttime shots of the city along with one of hands raised in a team huddle to cover up the Lakers championship banners in Staples Center.

GEORGE'S URGENCY

Westbrook had an arthroscopic procedure to treat stiffness and inflammation in his knee on Sept. 12. He averaged 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists last season.

While he's gone George is putting some pressure on himself.

''I've still got to get this group ready to go,'' he said. ''I've got to get this group ready to win games regardless if Russ is out there or if Russ is not.''

MVP

Marjanovic drew ''MVP'' chants in the fourth and it made the Serbian smile.

''Thank you for that but everybody knows it's not real,'' he said. ''It's fun because people support me.''

Rivers laughed, too, noting similar chants had been heard in Toronto and Utah. ''It's Game 2,'' he said. ''It must be the new chant around the league. Early voting.''

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host Sacramento in their home opener on Sunday. The Thunder won three of the four meetings last season.

Clippers: Host Houston on Sunday in the return of Chris Paul, the Clippers' career assists leader.

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Key Players
D. Schroder
17 PG
T. Harris
34 SF
41.0 Min. Per Game 41.0
19.0 Pts. Per Game 19.0
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
10.0 Reb. Per Game 10.0
26.5 Field Goal % 45.7
31.8 Three Point % 40.0
90.0 Free Throw % 64.3
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 0:27
  Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
+ 1 Boban Marjanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:46
+ 1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:46
  Personal foul on Steven Adams 0:46
  Defensive rebound by Boban Marjanovic 0:46
  Alex Abrines missed jump shot 0:50
+ 1 Tobias Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:55
  Tobias Harris missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:55
  Team rebound 0:55
Team Stats
Points 92 108
Field Goals 34-95 (35.8%) 35-80 (43.8%)
3-Pointers 7-33 (21.2%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws 17-23 (73.9%) 27-36 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 62 59
Offensive 15 9
Defensive 37 38
Team 10 12
Assists 18 21
Steals 5 3
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 12 14
Fouls 29 24
Technicals 1 0
17 PTS, 18 REB
26 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
1234T
away team logo Thunder 0-1 2026311592
home team logo Clippers 0-1 27212337108
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 0-1 105.2 PPG 43.2 RPG 22.6 APG
home team logo Clippers 0-1 114.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
P. George SF PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Harris SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
P. George SF 20 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
T. Harris SF 26 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
35.8 FG% 43.8
21.2 3PT FG% 42.3
73.9 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 20 8 4 7/27 3/11 3/3 6 38 2 0 3 1 7 -13 35
S. Adams 17 18 0 8/11 0/0 1/2 3 33 1 0 0 6 12 -16 36
D. Schroder 8 2 8 2/15 0/3 4/4 4 30 0 0 3 0 2 -18 23
P. Patterson 5 2 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 19 0 1 0 1 1 -9 8
T. Ferguson 4 0 0 1/6 1/6 1/2 3 17 0 0 0 0 0 -11 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 20 8 4 7/27 3/11 3/3 6 38 2 0 3 1 7 -13 35
S. Adams 17 18 0 8/11 0/0 1/2 3 33 1 0 0 6 12 -16 36
D. Schroder 8 2 8 2/15 0/3 4/4 4 30 0 0 3 0 2 -18 23
P. Patterson 5 2 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 19 0 1 0 1 1 -9 8
T. Ferguson 4 0 0 1/6 1/6 1/2 3 17 0 0 0 0 0 -11 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Felton 12 4 3 5/12 0/3 2/2 2 17 0 1 1 1 3 +2 22
A. Abrines 10 2 1 4/10 2/7 0/0 0 32 1 0 2 1 1 -9 13
N. Noel 9 5 0 4/5 0/0 1/2 2 14 1 0 0 3 2 0 15
J. Grant 4 8 2 1/4 0/1 2/4 5 27 0 2 3 0 8 -5 15
H. Diallo 3 3 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 3 8 0 0 0 2 1 +1 6
R. Westbrook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 52 18 34/95 7/33 17/23 29 235 5 4 12 15 37 -78 177
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 26 5 1 10/16 4/5 2/3 1 26 0 0 0 1 4 +2 33
T. Harris 26 10 4 10/22 2/7 4/8 2 37 1 1 3 2 8 +20 43
P. Beverley 7 4 5 1/5 1/3 4/4 2 24 0 0 1 1 3 +4 20
M. Gortat 4 12 1 2/5 0/0 0/1 3 20 0 0 0 3 9 +7 18
A. Bradley 3 2 2 1/8 1/5 0/0 3 28 1 0 1 1 1 0 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 26 5 1 10/16 4/5 2/3 1 26 0 0 0 1 4 +2 33
T. Harris 26 10 4 10/22 2/7 4/8 2 37 1 1 3 2 8 +20 43
P. Beverley 7 4 5 1/5 1/3 4/4 2 24 0 0 1 1 3 +4 20
M. Gortat 4 12 1 2/5 0/0 0/1 3 20 0 0 0 3 9 +7 18
A. Bradley 3 2 2 1/8 1/5 0/0 3 28 1 0 1 1 1 0 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Williams 17 1 1 4/12 2/4 7/7 1 26 1 0 2 0 1 +13 19
B. Marjanovic 13 5 0 4/6 0/0 5/7 2 16 0 0 0 1 4 +15 18
L. Mbah a Moute 7 1 0 3/3 1/1 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 0 1 +15 7
M. Harrell 3 4 1 0/1 0/0 3/4 5 13 0 2 4 0 4 -12 7
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 2 3 4 0/2 0/1 2/2 2 23 0 0 2 0 3 +12 11
M. Scott 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 +4 4
T. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Delgado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Thornwell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 47 21 35/80 11/26 27/36 24 236 3 3 14 9 38 +80 189