Clippers Hand Thunder Second Straight Home Loss
With another poor defensive effort, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost their second straight home game on Sunday afternoon at Chesapeake Arena, as the Los Angeles Clippers hit 13 three-pointers on their way to a 125-117 win.
The Clippers made 52 percent of their shots from the field, and had all five starters in double figure scoring, led by Jamal Crawford’s 36 points.
Crawford hit five 3-pointers, and Matt Barnes hit six from beyond the arc and finished with 24 points.
The Clippers led 72-67 at halftime, and didn’t trail in the second half until Kevin Durant hit a three-pointer to put OKC up 115-112 in the final minutes.
L.A. responded with a 13-2 run to end the game, including a Crawford three-pointer to clinch the win.
Former Sooner star Blake Griffin had 20 points for the Clippers and added 7 rebounds.
Kevin Durant paced the Thunder with 42 points, making 15 of 30 from the field, and dishing out 10 assists.
Russell Westbrook continued to look rusty coming off his two months out after knee surgery, scoring 13 points, but making just 3 of 13 from the field.
Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 6 rebounds for the Thunder, who were playing without Kendrick Perkins, who injured his groin in the loss to Miami last Thursday.
The Thunder have now lost two straight at home after winning nine in a row.
OKC drops to 43-14 on the season, and will continue their six-game homestand when they host Cleveland Wednesday night at 7:00.