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Thunder rally in final minute to stun Clippers



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 38 points and made three free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 seconds to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 on Tuesday night to go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Westbrook was fouled by Chris Paul while shooting a 3-pointer with the Thunder trailing by two. After his free throws, Paul drove to the hoop, but Reggie Jackson stole the ball from him, and time expired.

Kevin Durant scored 10 of his 27 points in the final 3:23 for the Thunder.

Blake Griffin had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 19 points and Paul had 17 points and 14 assists for the Clippers.

The Thunder can clinch the series Thursday in Los Angeles.

Thunder Steal Game 5


The Clippers took a 101-88 lead in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Crawford before Durant finally got involved. He hit a 3-pointer with 3:23 remaining on his first shot of the quarter, then drained two free throws to cut the Clippers' lead to 101-95.

A layup by Jackson cut Los Angeles' lead to four.

Griffin made the first of two free throws, and Glen Davis grabbed the rebound of the second. Paul's mid-range jumper on the extra possession gave the Clippers a 104-97 edge with 49 seconds to play.

Durant made a 3-pointer, then Crawford missed in close before Durant made a layup with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball, and in a scramble, the Thunder got possession with 11.3 seconds to play, setting up Westbrook's play.

The Thunder fell behind by 15 points in the first quarter but rallied in the second as foul trouble set in for the Clippers. Oklahoma City took a 39-38 lead on a dunk by Steven Adams, but the Clippers regained control.

Paul made a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 55-45 lead with just over two minutes left in the second quarter. The Thunder cut their deficit to three before J.J. Redick drained a 3-pointer as time expired in the first half.

The Clippers committed 18 fouls in the first half. Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Davis, the team's primary inside players, all had three fouls at the break.

The Thunder started the second half by taking mostly jumpers, but eventually, they started driving and the fouls again started piling up for the Clippers. Jordan committed his fifth with 4:56 left in the third quarter and Davis committed his fifth with 1:22 left in the period.

The Clippers held Durant to 3-for-17 shooting in the first three quarters and took an 86-80 lead into the fourth.

Notes: Thunder F Serge Ibaka played after the league reviewed his punch to Griffin's groin in Game 4. . ... Westbrook was called for a Flagrant 1 foul in the first quarter after trying to stop Griffin on a breakaway drive to the hoop. ... The Clippers were called for a clear path foul when Darren Collison barreled into Jackson, who was passing to a wide-open Westbrook with 2.3 seconds left in the first quarter.

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midvaltaxser May 14 2014 at 1:52 AM

Unbelievable about how much is made of one shot. Paul feeling bad about fouling, I'm a Thunder fan mostly b/c of Durant but this could have gone either way. What if Westbrook is not fouled & makes the 3 pt? But clueless Ernie & TNT want to milk this to the very end. Thunder lost Sunday when they should have one, Clippers lost tonight when they should have one, call it even. O'neal just sits there getting a paycheck. Kenny class act. Charles tonight knew what he was talking about.

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joshuabenwalden May 14 2014 at 8:47 AM

It seems nobody here has mentioned the actual facts of what happened last night.. Whether the Thunder won or the Clippers lost, the final two minutes were filled with some very questionable calls, and I think Doc Rivers got it right at press time. The Clippers were robbed, and though I am a major OKC fan, I think the Clippers are gonna come out tomorrow night with some justifiable attitude!!

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kazbeklaw May 14 2014 at 8:52 AM

Lets face it. Does it make a difference in this world whether the Clipps or Thunder win. People are still starving and homeless on the street. What the non-white billionaries are doing and their white supernova masters are doing is no different from the cotton days. Think about it! Racisim? Heck, it will always be in the genes of all humans. Live with it, embrace it and stop diverting our attention from the really tragedy; the hungry and homeless.

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Paul May 14 2014 at 10:34 AM

Is Doc Rivers going to be fined for his comments against the refs like other coaches? Or will the new commisioner feel sorry for the distraught Clippers and let his comments pass?

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Camp Bulldog May 14 2014 at 1:57 PM

Lets blame it on the Old Man....

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vsood2000 May 14 2014 at 9:35 AM

Do not waste your time on watching Basketball
NBA and NBA officials are trying very hard to help OKC win championship.
Because Kevin Durant is the new Golden Boy to NBA

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Paul vsood2000 May 14 2014 at 10:14 AM

Are you saying that the refs help out Lebron James too? Thats almost racist.

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bigwave48 May 14 2014 at 9:39 AM

I watched the game, the officials did make some bad calls. I thought it was equal in
bad calls . It need not have an effect on the out come of this game. As a season
ticket holder, there are times, when the calls go your way, and times when they
don't. The Clippper's are crying in there beer. They need to stop complaining
and just play ball.

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crowland503 May 14 2014 at 10:18 AM

The Clippers don't deserve to win!!! They didn't stand behind Sterling, but they sure-in-the-hell sat around his table for the feast. They need to be benched after they kiss Sterling's feet!!!

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napa422 May 14 2014 at 10:27 AM

BASKETBALL SUCKS!!!

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wolfnweys May 14 2014 at 1:56 PM

well when you puff yourself up like a viper, someone gona stump on ya,

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