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Clippers 125, Thunder 117

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Guard Jamal Crawford scored 36 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 125-117 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday afternoon at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The win broke a two game losing streak for the Clippers while handing the Thunder their second straight defeat at home.

With 4:29 left in the fourth quarter, L.A. guard Chris Paul knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer to give Clippers 112-109 lead. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook responded with a 3-pointer of his own to tie game.

The next trip down the court, Thunder (43-14) forward Kevin Durant hit a 3-point from the top of the key to put Oklahoma City up by three with 2:35 left. However, the Clippers hit four straight free throws to go ahead by one.

After Durant missed two free throws of his own, Crawford drained a 3-pointer to put the Clippers (38-20) up by four with 1:30 on the clock.

A layup by Durant cut the deficit to two. But Crawford answered again with a jumper in the lane with 45 seconds left. Westbrook missed an ill-advised three and the Clippers put the contest away at the free-throw line.

Despite an injured hand, Paul had 18 points to go along with 12 assists. Forward Matt Barnes scored 24 points while Griffin added 20 points on six-for-15 shooting.

Durant led all scorers with 42 points (15 for 30) and 10 assists. It was his ninth 40-point game of the season. Forward Serge Ibaka added 20 points while Westbrook scored 13 points in his second game back from injury.

NOTES: The Los Angeles Clippers entered Sunday with only a 12-man roster after trading away F Antawn Jamison and F Byron Mullens before the trade deadline. They now have three available roster spots and are reportedly in contention to pick up Glen "Big Baby" Davis. Davis played for coach Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics. "I have a hunch," Rivers said. "But until everything's done, I have no idea." ... Oklahoma City Thunder C Kendrick Perkins sat out Sunday's game against the Clippers after sustaining a strained left groin Thursday during a loss to the Miami Heat. He will be sidelined into next week, where he will get further evaluation from a specialist. Rookie C Steven Adams started in place of Perkins. ... The Clippers have played only 17 games this season with its complete starting lineup. ... Three days later, Thunder coach Scott Brooks was still stunned with how poorly his team played against the Heat. "It was odd," Brooks said. "I was thinking this doesn't happen to us. We don't get beat by 20, often. I was struggling with that. I'm not disappointed in any of our guys. But I was disappointed in myself and the way we played."

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