Jamal Crawford put up 36 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-117. The Clippers had an impressive game shooting the ball in this one, going 42-81 (51.9%) from the field and 28-39 (71.8%) at the free throw line. Los Angeles (38-20) gets one in the win column after losing to Memphis on Friday.
Crawford finished 13-20 from the field (5-8 on 3-pointers) and 5-5 from the free throw line, in a solid outing. Los Angeles also got solid performances from Matt Barnes with 24 points and 7 rebounds, Blake Griffin with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Durant had another quality performance for Oklahoma City despite the loss, putting up 42 points on 15-30 shooting (2-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-12 from the free throw line. He also tallied 10 assists. Serge Ibaka chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds and Russell Westbrook finished with 13 points and 6 assists.
The high-octane offense of Los Angeles (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the elite defense of Oklahoma City (ranked first in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.16 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 59.9%, the Clippers connected at a rate of 43.3% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (12-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Thunder are 3-3 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Oklahoma City (43-14) to 1-2 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up next, the Clippers square off against the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 23-32 on the year. The Thunder meet the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 22-34 this season. The Clippers are 1-0 versus New Orleans this season.
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