The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, two of the favorites in the Western Conference, got together for the second time in eight days on Thursday night.
The Clippers rolled to a 111-103 victory last Wednesday, but it was a different story Thursday.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points, dished out eight assists and pulled down six rebounds while Serge Ibaka added 17 points and three blocks as the Thunder defeated the Clippers 105-91.
The Thunder looked crisp early, racing out to an early 11-point lead. The Clippers, led by Blake Griffin’s 27 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, stayed within striking distance throughout the game, but every time they tried to completely close the gap, the Thunder had an answer. The Clippers cut the lead to six early in the fourth quarter and threatened to take the game down to the wire, but the Thunder responded with a 12-4 run that put the game out of reach.
The Thunder shot 51.9% to the Clippers’ 41.3% and hit 12 more free throws on 14 more attempts.
Star point guard Chris Paul had 17 points, 12 assists and five rebounds for the Clippers. His counterpart, Russell Westrbook, struggled, scoring just 12 points on five-of-13 shooting.
The Clippers (8-5) will get back to work on Saturday when they host the Sacramento Kings while the Thunder (8-3) will be back in action Sunday when they welcome the Utah Jazz to town.