The Oklahoma City Thunder never trailed and held off several runs to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-91 on Thursday night at Chesapeake Arena.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 28 points and added six rebounds and eight assists, as OKC avenged a loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles last Wednesday.
Until late in the game, the Thunder’s biggest lead was 13, but they could not pull away from the Clippers.
Los Angeles, on the other hand, would make runs at OKC, but couldn’t get closer than five points.
Former Sooner star Blake Griffin led LA with 27 points and 10 rebounds, at one point scoring 12 straight Clipper points in the third quarter.
Former Hornet Chris Paul continued his streak of double-doubles, with 17 points and 12 assists, his 13th straight double-double to start the season.
In addition to Durant, three other Thunder players were in double figures in scoring, with Serge Ibaka scoring 17 points, Russell Westbrook a quiet 12, and Jeremy Lamb 11.
The Thunder shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded the Clippers by eight.
OKC improves to 8-3 on the season, 5-0 at home, and continue their six-game homestand on Sunday night when they host the Utah Jazz at 6:00.