Durant’s Late Game Heroics Help Thunder to Win Over Clippers
Kevin Durant hit the go-ahead jumper with 5 seconds left, then blocked a shot by Chris Paul at the buzzer to help the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 100-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, December 21, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The game featured five lead changes in the final minute of the game, before Durant’s jumper gave OKC the final points of the game.
With the game tied at 93, former Sooner Blake Griffin hit a tough jumper to give L.A. a 95-93 lead.
The Thunder answered with a three-pointer from Russell Westbrook to make it 96-95 Thunder.
A Griffin slam dunk immediately gave the Clippers the edge again, 97-96.
Westbrook responded with a jumper to make it 98-97 OKC with 29 seconds left.
Westbrook then stole the ball from J.J. Redick and was fouled, but the Clippers had a foul to give, so the Thunder inbounded the ball.
On the inbounds pass, it went right through the hands of Westbrook to Chris Paul, who got a layup with 10 seconds left to put L.A. on top 99-98, setting up Durant’s heroics in the final seconds of the game.
Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points and added 7 assists.
Durant had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Paul led the Clippers with 32 points and 10 assists.
Griffin had 15 points and 7 rebounds.
The Thunder improved to 19-9 on the season, while the Clippers dropped to 16-13.
OKC continues their L.A. story with a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Wednesday night, December 23.