OKLAHOMA CITY – Kendrick Perkins challenged his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates before a showdown of division leaders with the Los Angeles Clippers last night.
The Thunder had lost their first two games this season against other top teams in the Western Conference, and Perkins wanted that trend to stop immediately.†It wasn’t easy, but Oklahoma City got the job done.
Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and Oklahoma City’s All-Star tandem scored all of the Thunder’s points in overtime in a 117-111 victory over the Clippers.
Westbrook connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to open the scoring in overtime, and Durant rattled one in from about the same spot two possessions later for a 108-104 advantage.
Westbrook then answered DeAndre Jordan’s three-point play with a baseline jumper, and Oklahoma City was able to close it out from the foul line.
Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 23 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 for the Clippers, who had a six-game winning streak snapped after entering the game tied for the best record in the West.
After trailing for the previous 44 minutes, the Clippers finally pulled even at 102 when Matt Barnes drove for a layup with 36 seconds left in regulation. Griffin denied Durant the ball on the Thunder’s ensuing possession, and Westbrook came up empty on a drive to the basket.
Paul then dribbled out the rest of the clock before missing a turnaround jumper from the left
Matt Barnes scored 19 points while replacing starting forward Caron Butler in the Clippers’ lineup. Butler missed the game with a strained right shoulder sustained Monday night in a win at San Antonio.
Kevin Martin scored 20 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City before fouling out in overtime. Hasheem Thabeet also matched his career high with 10 points off the bench.
Other Wednesday night scores: Raptors 97, Bobcats 98; Pistons 74, Magic 90; 76ers 83, Cavaliers 92; Hornets 107, Pacers 115; Spurs 112, Celtics 100; Wizards 100, Hawks 101; Bucks 106, Heat 113; Bulls 89, Rockets 93; Nuggets 101, Timberwolves 94; Knicks 111, Mavericks 114; Trail Blazers 87, Suns 114; Lakers 97, Kings 113; Nets 93, Warriors 102.