The Thunder’s dynamic duo hadn’t really showcased their dominance in the playoffs.
They’ve turned all that around in the last two games. Kevin Durant scored 36 points and Westbrook added 23 points as they followed up their Game 2 greatness with another stellar night.
After Durant fell one assist shy in Game 2 of joining Russell Westbrook with a triple-double, the pair helped lead the Thunder to back-to-back playoff wins and regained homecourt advantage.
Durant also had 8 rebounds and 6 assists while Westbrook grabbed 8 rebounds and racked up 13 dimes, falling just short of his fourth triple-double in his last six playoff games.
Neither team could exert control over proceedings for the first three quarters, neither leading by double-digits. The Thunder then outscored the Clippers 32-22 in the final quarter as their small lineup caused Los Angeles’ defense problems.
Oklahoma City shot 55 percent while holding Los Angeles to just 45 percent from the floor, though their own big two tried their hardest to keep the Thunder in check.
Blake Griffin scored 34 points while Chris Paul added 21 points and 16 assists.
Yet again, however, the problem came on the boards for Los Angeles. They have been outrebounded in all three games after Oklahoma City won the battle of the boards 44-33 in Game 3.
The Thunder were able to hold the Clippers’ long-range specialists in check as J.J. Redick could only manage five points on 1-6 from the floor. Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford struggled with his shot again, scoring 20 points albeit on 6-18 shooting.
The Thunder also could call upon a balanced effort from their entire rotation as Serge Ibaka contributed 20 points while Caron Butler hit a clutch of three-pointers to join backup point guard Reggie Jackson with 14 points.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Kevin Durant: 36 points, 14-24 FGS, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
Russell Westbrook: 23 points, 7-14 FGS, 8 rebounds, 13 assists
Serge Ibaka: 20 points, 9-10 FGS, 6 rebounds
Los Angeles Clippers:
Blake Griffin: 34 points, 13-22 FGS, 8 rebounds
Chris Paul: 21 points, 8-16 FGS, 16 assists
Jamal Crawford: 20 points, 6-18 FGS, 7-7 FTS
Game 3 @LAC: Sunday, May 11th. Tip: 3:30pm ET