Oklahoma City Thunder Stomps Clippers 114-91

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 11:10 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma City Thunder were firing on all cylinders Wednesday including a shutdown defensive performance to propel them to a 114-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kevin Durant paced the scoring with 32 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 as the Thunder held the Clippers to 36.7 percent shooting.

Oklahoma City also held former Oklahoma Sooners standout Blake Griffin to his lowest scoring total of the season with seven points on the night behind 3-of-11 shooting.

The Clippers poured in the 3-pointers to start the game netting 7-of-9 in the opening 14 minutes of play.

Oklahoma City stepped up the defense and used consistent ball movement on the offensive side of the floor to increase its lead to 10 points with five minutes left to play in the first half.

At the break, OKC held a 66-50 advantage thanks to 62.5 percent shooting from the field along with 24 rebounds while it held the Clippers to 17-of-41 shooting from the field.

Durant led all scorers with 18 points and five rebounds midway through the game and Griffin was held to 2-of-6 shooting for five points in the first.

OKC extended its lead to 20 points in the third, but just like that the Clippers went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 88-79 by the start of the fourth.

An early fourth quarter timeout by OKC halted the Clippers surge and a corner 3-pointer by newcomer Derek Fisher for his first points in an OKC uniform brought the Thunder crowd to its feet and increased the lead to 96-81.

Oklahoma City was without guard Daequan Cook after he injured his knee during Tuesday's game against the Jazz. It is reported that Cook has a minor MCL sprain and will miss 2-3 weeks. Lazar Hayward stepped in and netted back-to-back three pointers in the first half to finish with six points in nine minutes of play.

The Thunder pounded in the points from inside scoring 44 to the Clippers 22. OKC also dominated the glass pulling down 49 rebounds on the night.

Fisher finished with five points in 19 minutes of play in his debut with OKC after signing a contract with the Thunder just two hours before tipoff.

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The Thunder (35-12, 20-4) managed 53.8 percent shooting from the floor and was 9-of-22 from behind the arc to bounce back from its 97-90 loss to Utah the night before.

Oklahoma City returns to action Friday hosting Minnesota at 7 p.m. inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.