Chris Paul scored 32 points and notched 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-105. The Clippers took quality shots in this one, going 45-82 (54.9%) from the field, including 15-29 (51.7%) from three-point range. The Conference Semifinals now sit at 1-0.
Paul finished 12-14 from the field (8-9 from three-point range) in a good performance. Blake Griffin chipped in 23 points and five rebounds for Los Angeles as well. Russell Westbrook had another quality performance for Oklahoma City despite the loss, putting up 29 points on 9-14 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-10 from the free throw line.
The high-powered offense of Los Angeles (ranked first in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the stingy defense of Oklahoma City (ranked first in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.24 points per possession in Game 1. The Clippers combined their eFG% of 64.0% with 51.7% shooting from behind the arc. As a comparison, they were undefeated (16-0) during the regular season when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Thunder, on the other hand, were 5-7 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Playing in front of the home crowd, Oklahoma City wasn't able to take advantage and get the victory. Los Angeles will attempt to continue its road success and grow its lead over Oklahoma City in the Conference Semifinals.
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