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Paul scores 32; Clippers roll past Thunder 122-105



BY CLIFF BRUNT
AP SPORTS WRITER

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Chris Paul made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal.

Paul, who had never made more than five 3-pointers in a game, had 10 assists. Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Jamal Crawford had 17 and J.J. Redick added 12 for the Clippers, who shot 55 percent from the field and made 15 of 29 3-point attempts.

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and Serge Ibaka added 12 for the Thunder, who suffered their worst home loss since moving to Oklahoma City.

The Clippers scored 23 points off Oklahoma City's 18 turnovers.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

Both teams were coming off Game 7 wins in the first round on Saturday night.

Oklahoma City opened by taking a 16-10 lead but the Clippers responded with a 24-6 run. Paul hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, matching his career high for 3s in a playoff game in the first 12 minutes. The Clippers shot 67 percent in the first quarter to take a 39-25 lead.

Los Angeles extended its lead to 24 points in the second quarter and took a 69-52 halftime lead with Paul getting 22 points and six assists.

Durant and Westbrook scored 16 points each in the first half, but the Thunder committed 11 turnovers before halftime.

A quick 3-pointer and a pull-up jumper by Paul pushed the Clippers' lead to 78-56 in the opening minutes of the third quarter. The Clippers reached 100 points with just over a minute left in the period and led 104-78 heading into the fourth quarter.

NOTES: Oklahoma City G Thabo Sefolosha rejoined the starting lineup after sitting out the final two games against Memphis. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before Monday's game that he started Caron Butler in Games 6 and 7 against Memphis because the team needed another offensive weapon. ... Clippers F Blake Griffin attended the University of Oklahoma. He got a mixed reaction during pregame introductions. ... The Clippers made 7 of 10 3-point attempts in the first quarter. ... Ibaka was issued a technical foul in the third quarter after getting his legs tangled up with Griffin. ... Clippers C DeAndre Jordan made just 1 of 8 free throw attempts. ... Durant was issued a technical foul for arguing with an official with 10:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. ... The Clippers committed just nine turnovers.

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aristars May 06 2014 at 10:39 AM

so clippers that has not won a championship for over 30 years has been motivated to win because Sterling who paid tons of money to losers has been banned from his own team? who is really racist? the players work harder for the coming black owner?! nothing new, over 90% black voted for Obama just because of the color of his skin, As I wrote, the LA may lose clippers after the legal battle is over! this is nothing but shooting their own feet! their hatred is intense that there has been no room for forgivenes for free speech, in his own privacy! that racist mob and the president in that matter must lose in the court!!!

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jajuds May 06 2014 at 11:06 AM

Way to go, Clippers! You are champions in my eyes.

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What's up G? May 06 2014 at 11:05 AM

Hey KKKlipper fans - Donald Sterling is still the owner...LMFAO!!!

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justworkinggirl What's up G? May 06 2014 at 11:33 AM

Sterling may still be the owner, but not for much longer, and the players certainly have nothing to do with their POS boss. After the turmoil they've been through, it is great to see them out there playing their best.

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clwgeorgetownlaw May 06 2014 at 11:35 AM

The only thing more racist than Donald Sterling is the entire state of Oklahoma

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KEVIN May 06 2014 at 10:15 AM

sounds like there's nothing but 'bigots' posting today!!!

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notapclib May 06 2014 at 9:38 AM

Ain't it nice.... the far left has adopted the Clippers because of a trumped up and overblown racism charge... how special! Now if only the players would all hold a press conference to announce they are gay or transgender - the left would all be orgasmic!

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jane.falconer notapclib May 06 2014 at 10:39 AM

far left or far right. Which racist is behind that. I am glad Africa is standing up. And not allowing the sickness to permeate their country. That is not in their nature. I have seen nude Greek and Roman statues engaged in such.

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SSSSSSSSSSSSSST May 06 2014 at 1:35 PM

I no longer enjoy All Black League Sports!

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clwgeorgetownlaw SSSSSSSSSSSSSST May 06 2014 at 2:27 PM

Then I guess that you aren't interested in your mother's sex life.....

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texastotenmom May 06 2014 at 8:38 AM

KEEP BOYCOTTING ALL "N" BA GAMES N ALL "N" BA APPAREL THIS GARBAGE IS SHUT DOWN,CAUSE WE ALL KNOW WHAT THE "N' STANDS FOR IN "N"BA

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diana0801 May 06 2014 at 2:09 PM

Clippers Rock - They are AWESOME !! Their groth has been incredible !!

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Richard May 06 2014 at 7:09 AM

Excellent - more sponsorships, more advertising, more revenue and therefore more profits for Donald Sterling !

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jane.falconer Richard May 06 2014 at 10:57 AM

Money has no meaning when your soul is rotten. And you can't take it with you. And having to answer to a universal god, a black man. mmmm.

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jajuds Richard May 06 2014 at 11:11 AM

It is a shame that Donald Sterling is getting richer, because of all of the above.

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