After being blown out in game 1 of their second round series with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back in game 2, defeating the Clippers 112-101 to even their second round series at a game apiece.
Only a day after winning his first MVP Award, Kevin Durant fell just one assist short of a triple-double, scoring 32 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. Russell Westbrook was able to notch a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha added 14 points apiece.
J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 18 points while Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 assists and Blake Griffin scored 15 points. Paul and Griffin, however, combined to shoot just 11-of-26 from the field.
The Thunder got off to an excellent start, exploding behind Durant to take an 11-point first quarter lead. The Clippers fought back in the second quarter, even taking a brief lead before the Thunder ended the half with a 61-56 advantage. The Thunder blew things open midway through the third. Up 68-64 with 7:31 to play in the quarter, Durant’s three-pointer sparked a 25-9 run, in which they scored the final 11 points of the run, to push the lead to 20. The Clippers threatened a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but never seemed to pose a real threat.
Game 3 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California is Friday night at 10:30 pm EST and is on ESPN.
Game 1: Clippers 122, Thunder 105