Just eight short days ago, the Thunder had a disastrous collapse against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Westbrook, Durant, and the Thunder took on the Clippers again on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Without Dion Waiters, who didn’t travel with the team because of the death of his brother, KD and Westbrook had sensational performances and carried the Thunder to a 120-108 victory.
OKC got out to a roaring start and tallied 39 points in the first quarter, giving them a ten-point lead on the Clippers. Westbrook had six points, but his eight dimes were what propelled the Thunder offense. Durant was the quarter’s second highest scorer with nine, right behind DeAndre Jordan’s ten.
The Thunder offense faltered a bit in the second, and they scored just 25 points to the Clippers’ 33. Westbrook turned on the aggression and bucketed 11 points on 4/7 shooting while also dishing out four dimes, Durant, however, struggled. After his first quarter outburst, KD only managed two points on 1/5 shooting and the Thunder lead had been widdled down to two. Russ had a double-double at half — 17 points and 12 assists — and was the game’s leading scorer.
In the third, Durant found his stroke again. He scored 11 of OKC’s 29 points while adding in four rebounds and three assists. Westbrook continued to make plays and dished out four assists, along with grabbing four boards and scoring six points. No one was able to get going for the Clippers, though. LA shot a tick above 38% from the field and mustered 21 points for the period.
The Thunder’s lead rose back to ten by the end of the third, and they hoped to avoid a second collapse. J.J. Redick got hot quick and scored 12 of LA’s 25 fourth quarter points. It was a nail biter, but KD & Russ came up big for the Thunder. Of the 27 points scored, Westbrook and Durant had ten but did manage to hand out six assists and get the rest of the team involved.
Russell Westbrook finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 20 assists, becoming the first player since Magic Johnson in 1988 to record 25/10/20. Durant registered 30 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, giving him a league-leading five games like that on the year. J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 22 points and CP3 dished out 16 assists and five steals.
The Clippers play host to he Knicks on Friday while Oklahoma City gets a visit from the Timberwolves on Friday as well.
Around The League
Kemba Walker had his fourth straight game with 30+ and finished with 35 on 50% shooting in a 122-113 win over the Pelicans. Anthony Davis recorded 40/13/5 and Jrue Holiday set a career-high in points with 38 points.
The Rockets got back to .500 with a win over the Sixers, 118-104. James Harden had 29/9/8 while Dwight Howard had 21 points and 18 rebounds. Ish Smith led the Okafor-less Sixers with 21 points, and Nerlens Noel had 17 points and nine rebounds.
Steph Curry hit a nonchalant buzzer beater from half-court as the Warriors beat the Jazz, 115-94. Curry scored just 12 points on 4/12 shooting, but Klay Thompson and Draymond Green led GS with 23 and 17, respectively. Trey Burke was the high-man for Utah with 18.
NOLA 113 – CHA 122
HOU 118 – PHI 104
MEM 96 – BOS 116
MIA 108 – MIL 114
DET 102 – DAL 96
NYK 128 – PHX 97
LAC 108 – OKC 120
CLE 120 – SAC 111
UTAH 94 – GSW 115