Kevin Durant finished with 28 points and recorded 8 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-91. Oklahoma City (8-3) is now on a 3-game winning streak.
Durant went 10-19 from the field (2-5 on 3-pointers) and 6-9 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Serge Ibaka with 17 points and 5 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Blake Griffin had another strong performance for Los Angeles in the loss, putting up 27 points on 12-23 shooting from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line. He also tallied 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Chris Paul added 17 points and 12 assists.
The high-powered offense of the Clippers did not have its best game, struggling to score against the top-notch Thunder defense that ranks second in the league with a defensive efficiency of 55.3. Despite scoring just 0.910 points per possession in this one, the Clippers rank third in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 107.0.
This drops Los Angeles (8-5) to 1-1 versus Oklahoma City on the season.
Coming up next, the Thunder play the Utah Jazz, who are 1-12 on the year. The Clippers match up against the Sacramento Kings, currently 4-7 this season. The Thunder are 1-0 versus Utah this season. The Clippers have a 1-0 record against Sacramento this season.