Thunder 118, Clippers 112: By The Numbers

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 2:13 am
By: News 9

Here are some key numbers from Oklahoma City's big time 118-112 victory against the Clippers in Los Angeles:

75.9 – In NBA playoff history, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the series 75.9 percent of the time. Statistically speaking, that's a pretty good sign for the Thunder.

7 – The number of 30-point games for Durant in the playoffs already after he dropped 36 on 14-of-24 shooting on Friday. His mark of seven is three more than any other player in the league. Fellow Texas Longhorn Lamarcus Aldridge is second with four.

91 – KD's shooting percentage inside of 10 feet on Friday and, fortunately for the Thunder, he got plenty of looks from that range, making 10-of-11 shots for 20 of his 36. He was also fouled several times in that area and made the Clippers pay for it, connecting on 7-of-7 free throws.

20 – Serge Ibaka played a huge role in OKC's ability to pick up this massive road win, despite not being on the floor for a whole heck of a lot of it. No. 9 played just 29 minutes – just nine in the first half – because of foul trouble but he made the most of his time on the floor. Ibaka finished with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and a 2-of-2 mark at the foul line to go with six rebounds and another effective performance defending Blake Griffin.

11,000 – Approximate number of complaints from both teams and coaching staffs. The officiating was ludicrous on both sides but it's getting to be a "boy who cried wolf" epidemic where refs have no reason to treat valid complaints seriously. Whiney basketball is tough to stomach.

12 – Speaking of whining, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the NBA in technical fouls this season and are living up to it again in this series. Through three games, the two squads have combined for 12 techs, including five on Friday.

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35-0 – The Clippers record this season when leading entering the fourth quarter at home. Not anymore. The Thunder changed that mark to 35-1, while picking up a series-swinging victory at the Staples Center.

0-4 – Another trend that came to an end on Friday was OKC's 0-4 all-time record on Game 3's when the series is 1-1 entering the contest. That's now 1-4.

230 – Combined points for the Thunder and Clippers in Game 3.

148 – Combined points in the Pacers-Wizards game earlier in the night.

2 – Rebounds Russell Westbrook needed to get his fourth triple-double of the playoffs already. Westbrook finished Game 3 with 23 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. His two turnovers was also a series best after committing 10 in the first two games.

26.9 – The 3-point field goal percentage for the Clippers in Game 3. L.A. was just 7-of-26 from behind the arc, attempting nine more 3's than OKC. After a scary 15-for-29 barrage from deep sank the Thunder in Game 1, the Clippers have crashed back down to earth, shooting just 16-of-53 (30 percent) since.

28 – Combined points for Thunder bench scorers Reggie Jackson and Caron Butler, scoring 14 each on 50 percent shooting. It was a welcomed change for OKC after the duo had totaled just 14 points in Games 1 and 2 combined.

9 – Rookie Steven Adams played another fantastic game off the bench for OKC, grabbing a team-best nine rebounds in 18 minutes. He was particularly ferocious early on, grabbing seven rebounds in his first seven minutes.

10 – Wins OKC needs to claim an NBA championship.