Durant, Thunder ground ClippersMar 22, 2012 - 5:06 AM Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant collected 32 points and nine rebounds Wednesday night and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to a 114-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Russell Westbrook added 19 points, Serge Ibaka scored 15 and Derek Fisher had five points in his Thunder debut after signing with the Western Conference leaders earlier in the day.
Randy Foye led Los Angeles with 23 points and Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 assists.
Blake Griffin scored just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting for the Clippers, who have dropped the first two of their back-to-back-to-back road games after losing in Indiana on Tuesday. The stretch ends in New Orleans on Thursday.
"He has shouldered a lot of the load for us this season and he just had one of those games," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said about Griffin.
In addition to limiting Griffin's numbers, the Thunder out-rebounded LA 49-31 and doubled their total points in the paint with 44 -- keys head coach Scott Brooks said contributed heavily to the win.
"I thought defensively we played good throughout the game," said Brooks. "It seems like it's been a while since we had 48 minutes of consistent defensive pressure on the ball, taking points out of the paint and rebounding. We did a good job in all three of those areas."
Both teams shot at least 50 percent in the first quarter and Oklahoma City took a 33-30 lead into the second despite Foye's 13 points.
The Thunder, getting at least six points from three different players, shot 68.4 percent in the second quarter and built a 66-50 lead at halftime.
Durant and Ibaka scored four points apiece in an 8-0 run to end the half and Kendrick Perkins started the third quarter with a layup for an 18-point lead.
The Clippers never got closer than 13 in the quarter while Oklahoma City's advantage ballooned as high as 20 points on two Durant free throws and was 88-71 going into the fourth.
LA was no closer than nine in the final 12 minutes and the Thunder led by as many as 24 down the stretch.
The Clippers beat the Thunder 112-100 in Los Angeles on Jan. 30. The teams will play twice more this season: at Oklahoma City on April 11 and in LA five days later. After their game in New Orleans, the Clippers will return home for five straight games in Los Angeles...Oklahoma City started a three-game homestand that will also include visits from the Timberwolves on Friday and the Heat on Sunday.
- LOS ANGELES: 91
OKLAHOMA CITY: 114
Mar 21 10:28 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 71
OKLAHOMA CITY: 88
End of 3rd
Mar 21 9:56 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 50
OKLAHOMA CITY: 66
Mar 21 9:11 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
OKLAHOMA CITY: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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