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Westbrook, Durant help Thunder beat Clippers



BY CLIFF BRUNT
AP SPORTS WRITER

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, MVP Kevin Durant fell one assist short and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday night to tie their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.

Westbrook had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double in his past five playoff games. Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists before leaving the game with 1:21 remaining. According to information provided to the Thunder by the Elias Sports Bureau, no pair of teammates has had triple-doubles in the same playoff game.

J.J. Redick scored 18 points, Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 assists, and Blake Griffin added 15 points for the Clippers.

Game 3 will be Friday in Los Angeles.

Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha each scored 14 points for the Thunder, who shot 51 percent from the field and outrebounded the Clippers 52-36.

The Clippers made 15 of 29 3-pointers in Game 1, but just 9 of 27 in Game 2.

Durant scored 17 points in the first quarter on 7-for-11 shooting to help the Thunder take a 37-28 lead. Paul, who scored 17 points in the opening quarter of Game 1, went scoreless in the first quarter of Game 2 and watched most of the period from the bench with two fouls.

The Thunder led 46-40 when both Westbrook and coach Scott Brooks were called for technical fouls. Westbrook felt he was fouled on a drive against DeAndre Jordan and didn't get the call. The Clippers made both free throws, then Paul made a 3-pointer to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 46-45. The Clippers went ahead when Griffin connected on a mid-range jumper with just over 4 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Thunder closed the half strong and took a 61-56 lead. Durant had 21 points and Westbrook 19 at the break as Oklahoma City shot 53.3 percent from the field.

Oklahoma City got an offensive boost from an unlikely source - Sefolosha, a defensive stopper. He hit a mid-range jumper, then dunked after a steal by Westbrook to give the Thunder a 78-66 lead. Sefolosha dunked again, then got a steal that led to a 3-pointer by Westbrook and gave Oklahoma City a 90-73 advantage.

Sefolosha scored 12 points in the quarter to help the Thunder take a 94-77 advantage into the fourth.

Westbrook clinched his triple-double with 1:21 remaining when he was credited with an assist after a pass to Sefolosha, who took two dribbles on his drive to the basket.

Notes: A power surge took out much of the arena's lighting with 27.2 seconds left in the first half. The coaches agreed to finish out the half with the limited lighting. The power returned, but halftime was extended briefly to give the lights the necessary 15 minutes to return to full brightness. ... Rapper Jay-Z attended the game. ... 2K Sports has announced that Durant will be the lone player on the cover of NBA 2K15. He shared the cover of 2K13 with Griffin and Chicago's Derrick Rose. Miami's LeBron James was on the cover of 2K14. ... Commissioner Adam Silver presented Durant with the MVP trophy before the game, and he held it up for the fans to see. ... Thunder C Steven Adams was called for a technical foul with 9:17 remaining for falling on Paul after a pump fake and knocking him into the Thunder bench. Los Angeles' Jamal Crawford was issued a technical with 7:28 to play, and Paul was given one with 2:24 remaining.

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clwgeorgetownlaw May 08 2014 at 3:37 PM

It is sickening to see the NBA in OKC. That is the most racist part of the country. In Oklahoma they are either executing black men or watching them play basketball.....

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no_freedomof_speech May 08 2014 at 7:54 AM

Hope they beat the clippers

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rdcjaca May 08 2014 at 9:46 AM

Amazed how many sterlings are out there, #self deport!!

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okrawimfry May 08 2014 at 9:31 AM

OKC loves the Thunder. Kevin Durant is such a class act. His tribute to his mom when he received the MVP award brought tears to everyone's eyes.

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dand3320 May 08 2014 at 12:02 PM

Always the same old question, where is the father that should be celebrating like his mom?

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dralfredotaule dand3320 May 08 2014 at 12:54 PM

Jail?

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clwgeorgetownlaw dand3320 May 08 2014 at 3:37 PM

He was busy with your mom --

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billcdaly May 08 2014 at 10:57 AM

Would love to see either Thunder or Spurs win it all.
Both are class teams. Teams, not just showboating
individuals.

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Jim May 08 2014 at 9:01 AM

I'm so sick of news about basket balls.

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gordonafg May 08 2014 at 8:52 AM

I try not to use the word negro, except in passages like,' When Uncle Tom reached the shore he waved to the negros on the other side'. And in The United Negro College Fund.
In both instances no other word can be used.

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gordonafg May 08 2014 at 8:32 AM

I thought I hear the negro word

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captdj123 May 08 2014 at 6:05 AM

didn't the president say someething about sentnces with the word negro in it????

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reginatorw captdj123 May 08 2014 at 7:57 AM

Figure out how to spell yet?

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