Thunder lose brutal battle in Los Angeles

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After traveling to Los Angeles for a late game Wednesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder is now recovering from a brutal battle with the Clippers.

It was an ugly, gritty game that had the Thunder in foul trouble and missing a few key players.

With just six seconds left in the second quarter, the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the Clippers’ Matt Barnes were ejected from the game, after getting involved in a scuffle on the court.

At that point in the game, Ibaka had scored 13 points, hitting all six shots from the field and was 1-for-1 from the free throw line.

Ryan Gomes took Ibaka’s spot on the court following the ejection.

Clippers’ star Blake Griffin, who was also involved in the scuffle, received a technical foul.

At the half, the Thunder was leading 62-53.

The Clippers were down by 10 in the third quarter before finding their rhythm to grab a 3 point lead.

The Thunder was outscored 30 to 16 in the third and shot just 29 percent.

The team was also out-rebounded 13 to 7.

In addition to poor shooting, the Thunder saw a bit of foul trouble in the second half.

Nick Collison, Thabo Sefolosha and Gomes all picked up their fourth fouls.

The Thunder was also missing Kendrick Perkins, who did not travel with the team because of a death in his family.

Griffin finished the game with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Jamal Crawford also scored 20 points for the Clippers, who had six players in double figures.

The Thunder’s Kevin Durant had 33 points, making 15 of 17 free throws and 10 assists.

Russell Westbrook also added 19 points and 10 assists.

The Clippers defeated the Thunder 111-103.

The Thunder is now preparing for a battle against Golden State on Thursday.

Tipoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

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