Sunday afternoon’s Oklahoma City/Los Angeles Clippers contest went exactly how you’d expect. The Thunder, still reeling from a tough home loss to New Orleans on Friday night, went at a struggling Clippers squad that found out on Sunday that they’d be without the services of Blake Griffin for an underdetermined amount of time. The Thunder ended up winning by a dominant 131-108 mark, with Kevin Durant sustaining an early hot hand on his way toward 29 points in 29 minutes.
One surprise did come in the form of the play of OKC rookie forward Mitch McGary. Not satisfied with having the most Dad-like name in the history of Dads, McGary contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds in just under 24 minutes, sparking a first half surge and tripling his season-long total for minutes in one contest.
Down 23 late in the third period, with Durant taking a rest on the pine, Clipper All-Star Chris Paul decided to try and take down the rookie a notch by crossing over the 6-10 McGary and nailing a jumper in his face before staring down the Thunder bench. Watch:
Kevin Durant, with his team up 21 points with 14 minutes to go, had the appropriate response. Via cjzero:
“You’re down 20 now, homie.” Solid burn, Kevin Durant. You’ve been doing that a lot, lately.
The Clippers have now lost their last three games by a combined 30 points. Yes, road games against Cleveland, Toronto, and Oklahoma City (with the most recent played without Blake Griffin) are no picnic, but the Cleveland contest wasn’t nearly as close as the 11-point final deficit would suggest, and the Toronto loss saw the Clippers outscored by a 113-80 mark to finish the game.
And Chris Paul is mean-mugging after crossing over a 6-10 rookie with his team down 21 points on national TV. It’s the little things to keep you happy, I suppose.
(Hat-tip to Deadspin; because we weren’t watching that junk once the Thunder went up big. There’s a ‘Saturday Night Live’ marathon, working through the Phil Hartman years, broadcasting over at VH1 Classic right now.)
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