Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant posted 28 points and
dished out eight assists to guide the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-91 win
over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points and Russell Westbrook scored 12 for Oklahoma
City, which remained unbeaten at home after five games at Chesapeake Energy
The Thunder, winners of three in a row, also got revenge for a 111-103 loss at
Staples Center last Wednesday. They never trailed Thursday.
Chris Paul extended his NBA-record streak with at least 10 points and 10
assists to start a season to 13 games. Paul had 17 points and 12 helpers, and
the Clippers got 27 points and 10 rebounds from Blake Griffin. Jamal Crawford
scored 18 for the Clippers, who have dropped two of their last three since a
four-game winning streak.
Durant scored 12 points in the opening quarter to help OKC to a 28-22 edge
after 12 minutes. Included the period was a game-opening 13-3 spurt.
Paul's bucket with 2:38 left in the half trimmed the margin to 45-39, but the
Thunder claimed a 51-43 edge at the break. The difference was 81-72 going to
Crawford's bank shot had the visitors within 81-75, but OKC countered with a
12-4 run to seal the outcome.
The last time the Thunder franchise started 5-0 at home came during the
2004-05 season, when they were 9-0 in Seattle ... DeAndre Jordan had 12
rebounds for the Clippers ... The Thunder went 4-of-19 from 3-point range ...
Clippers forward Matt Barnes will undergo surgery to repair a retinal tear in
his left eye.
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