Oklahoma City 114, L.A. Clippers 91
Location - Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Officials - #25 Tony Brothers, #77 Karl Lane, #38 Michael Smith
Attendance - 18203
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 8:00 PM
Blake Griffin was held to a career-low seven points in 33 minutes. He came into the game averaging 21.2 points.
Derek Fisher, who signed with the Thunder on Wednesday, scored five points in 19 minutes. The 37-year-old point guard reached a buyout agreement with Houston on Monday.
Durant added nine rebounds, five assists and made all 11 of his free throws. Russell Westbrook scored 19 points for Oklahoma City.
Randy Foye, who was benched in Monday’s loss at Indiana, led Los Angeles with 23 points. Chris Paul scored 13 points and had 10 assists, but was 3 for 12 from the field.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Griffin’s previous career low was eight points against the Memphis Grizzlies last season. … Thunder guard Daequan Cook, who sprained his right knee Tuesday, did not play.
The score is not very indicative of the game that was played in Los Angeles. The Clippers took an early lead and never looked back. A great start from Caron Butler gave Lob City a fantastic start and they took the game and ran with it. The Thunder never really stood a chance against Los Angeles.
The Clippers are finally close to 100 percent healthy and are beginning to play with great chemistry. That shined through against the Thunder as the Clips took down the team with the best record in the NBA.
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THE STORY: After pulling out a gutsy 109-105 road victory at Denver on Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers don’t have much time to celebrate as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Oklahoma City not only sports the best record in the NBA (16-3) but also has the best road record (8-2). Chauncey Billups lit up his former Nuggets team with a season-high 32 points, including 18 on 3-pointers. Chris Paul scored 25. Thunder coach Scott Brooks, a former point guard, is awed by Paul and cringes at the thought of defending him and Blake Griffin. “The guy is one of the best,” Brooks said. “He’s clever. He’s tough. He’s a coach on the floor. He will make Blake better because he finds him in the right spots.” Kevin Durant scored a season-high 37 in Oklahoma City’s 120-109 road victory against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, helping the Thunder win its fourth in a row and nine of its last 10.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE THUNDER (16-3): Guard James Harden is one of the early favorites for NBA Sixth Man of the Year and is producing the best statistics of his career. He leads all reserves with a 16.8 scoring average. He has started only one of 19 games this season and scored in double figures 18 times. He has also scored 20 or more points in six games and is averaging 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29 minutes. In his last five games, Harden is shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (11-6): Billups can only hope his return to his current home is as productive as his return to Denver, his hometown. In his first game back since a trade that sent him and Carmelo Anthony to New York last February, Billups received a standing ovation and several highlights of his Nuggets days were shown on video scoreboards. Backup guard Eric Bledsoe was called up from Bakersfield of the Development League but did not play against Denver.