The Los Angeles Clippers handed the Oklahoma City their worst home playoff loss ever in a 122-105 rout in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals on Monday night at Chesapeake Arena.
The Clippers’ 122 points is the most OKC has ever allowed in a non-overtime playoff game, topping the 121 Miami scored in the 2012 NBA Finals, and also by Dallas in the 2011 playoffs.
Chris Paul, who used to play his home games in Oklahoma City with the Hornets, led the way for L.A. with 32 points, hitting 12 of 14 from the field and 8 of 9 from three-point range.
Paul also had 10 assists for the Clippers, who took control of the game with a 29-9 run to end the first quarter, giving L.A. a 39-25 lead.
Paul became just the second player in NBA Playoffs history to score at least 30 points, dish out at least 10 assists and make at least 80 percent of his field goal attempts.
The first to do it was Michael Jordan for the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals.
The 39 points tied the most the Clippers have ever scored in a quarter in a playoff game.
Los Angeles made 55 percent from the field and were 15 of 29 from three-point range.
The Thunder didn’t help themselves with 18 turnovers, 11 of those in the first half.
Four other Clippers besides Paul scored in double figures, with former Sooner Blake Griffin scoring 23.
Russell Westbrook led OKC with 29 points, while Kevin Durant added 25.
Serge Ibaka was the only other Thunder player in double figures with 12.
The Thunder’s previous worst home playoff loss was a 13 point defeat to Memphis in 2011.
Oklahoma City led only briefly early in the first quarter, as they went on a 9-0 run to take a 16-10 advantage.
The Clippers answered with a 21-4 run and outscored OKC 29-9 the rest of the first quarter.
L.A. led by as many as 28 points and Thunder head coach Scott Brooks conceded defeat early in the fourth quarter by putting in several reserves.
The Thunder will host the Clippers in Game 2 on Wednesday night at 8:30 at Chesapeake Arena.