Thunder-Clippers: Oklahoma City Ends Season with a Win

Greg EvansCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball over Wilson Chandler #21 of the New York Knicks on November 14, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Oklahoma City ended its inaugural season with a 126-86 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. This win puts the Thunder's season mark at 23-59.

Oklahoma City was paced by (who else?) Kevin Durant, with 26 points. Durant was helped by Jeff Green with 19, and Nick Collison with 17. Los Angeles, led by Eric Gordon with 22 points, kept the score close for a quarter-and-a-half, but Oklahoma City was able to pull away with 32-18 in the second quarter.

This game was an exhibition of possibilities for Oklahoma City. The Thunder had a 36-13 assist to turnover ratio. Earl Watson himself almost out-assisted the entire Clipper team (16) by dishing 14 assists. To the surprise of many Thunder faithful, the only two double-doubles of the game went to Watson and DJ White (15 pts, 11 rbs).

Oklahoma City will look to build on this win as it moves into the offseason. This game was a great example of what now interim tagless head coach Scott Brooks has preached all season. The Thunder kept LA to 43 percent shooting and out-rebounded the Clippers 49-32.

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