Forty eight minutes wasn't enough to decide this one. The L.A. Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder needed overtime to decide a gritty matchup between a pair of contenders for the Western Conference title.
The Thunder eventually prevailed, despite allowing the Clips back into the game in the fourth. Although OKC took care of business at home, the Thunder can't count on such an abysmal performance from Chris Paul in future battles. CP3 made just two field goals, finishing the game with nine points.
Kevin Durant led OKC with 35 points (19-21from the foul line), while Blake Griffin had 23 for the Clips—although he completely disappeared down the stretch.
The takeaways for OKC are largely good. The Thunder knocked off a Clipper team that had already beaten the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.
On the Clippers' side, they took a tough loss on the road to the reigning conference champs, but got just four points from Paul. If there's a silver lining in a defeat, that's definitely the one the Clippers can focus on. Paul won't finish many games with just two made field goals.
OKC improves to 9-3 after the win, while the Clips drop to 8-3. Based on the playoff atmosphere in OKC tonight, there's an excellent chance we see these two teams square off this spring in the postseason.
Final Score: Thunder 117, Clippers 111
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