Russell Westbrook had a triple double, and Kevin Durant nearly did as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Arena, evening the series at one game apiece.
Westbrook finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.
The Thunder got hot late in the first quarter to take control of the game, making 14 of their last 17 shot attempts in the period to take a 37-28 lead after one quarter.
OKC shot 64 percent from the field in the first quarter and outrebounded the Clippers 14-3.
The rebound trend continued throughout the game, with the Thunder finishing with a 52-36 edge on the boards.
It was a physical game, and tempers flared at times, with the two teams combining for six technical fouls.
The Thunder led by five at halftime, then went on a 10-2 run midway through the third quarter, and OKC never led by fewer than double digits the rest of the game.
An 11-0 Thunder run late in the third quarter gave OKC their biggest lead of the game at 20.
The Clippers chipped away and used a 12-3 run to make it a little closer late, but the Thunder were never in danger of losing.
Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha joined Westbrook and Durant in double figure scoring with 14 points each.
J.J. Redick led L.A. with 18 points, while former Sooner Blake Griffin had 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Griffin made just 5 of 13 shots, though, as Serge Ibaka’s defense kept Griffin limited on offense.
The Thunder’s win ties the series at one game each, with the next two games set for Los Angeles this weekend.
Game 3 is Friday night at 9:30 central time at the Staples Center, with Game 4 on Sunday at 2:30.
The Thunder’s win means the series will return to Oklahoma City for Game 5 next Tuesday.
Game 5 will tipoff at 8:30 pm at Chesapeake Arena.