The game’s first several minutes were the Blake Show on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant started off slowly. OKC’s power forwards collected four fouls in the game’s first six minutes. It wasn’t looking good.
But despite that, the Thunder used a big run in the second quarter to take control over the Los Angeles Clippers and start off the post-All-Star break slate right where it left off: with a blowout win over a Western Conference weakling with a 111-88 victory in Oklahoma City Arena.
With road games coming up in San Antonio and Orlando followed by a home date with the Lakers, it was important for Oklahoma City to pick up a win over the recently struggling Clippers, and hopefully do it in the same dominating fashion as when it dispatched the Kings a week ago. The Thunder did just that and has won its last two games by a combined 53 points.
The key for OKC was a 15-0 run over the final 3:39 of the first half. DeAndre Jordan brought Los Angeles to within a point at 47-46, but that was the last time the Clippers would score until after the break. The Thunder went 8-8 from the line in the run, and punctuated it with a Daequan Cook 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to put Oklahoma City up 62-46 at the half and basically end the game. The Clippers only had the ball in their hands with a single-digit deficit twice the rest of the way. Keep Reading…