With 3:39 left in the second quarter, the Thunder led the Clippers 51-36, turning in what appeared to be a dominant first 24 minutes. But Oklahoma City lapsed, and the Clippers trimmed the Thunder’s lead to 59-54 at half.
With 2:58 left in the third quarter, the Thunder led the Clippers 81-64, taking the late second quarter push and responding with a haymaker of their own, increasing to their biggest lead of the game. But the Thunder slipped again, and the Clippers closed the gap to 85-73 heading to the fourth.
With 7:07 left in the fourth quarter, the Thunder led the Clippers 94-79, once again assuming full control in a must-win game. Good offense, great defense and terrific energy had the Thunder close to putting things on cruise control. But a 14-0 run from the Clippers in three minutes tightened things to 94-93 with 4:24 left.
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