The Oklahoma City got their act together tonight beating the Los Angeles Clippers at home 114-91.
Derek Fisher suited up for the first time with the Thunder after signing with the team earlier today. In 19 minutes Fisher scored five points and the Thunder were plus-12 with him on the floor. Fisher’s impact was noticeable in the defensive intensity he brought to the court and offensive awareness via swift ball movement.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Jan. 30 when the Thunder lost in Los Angeles and Blake Griffin had his famous dunk on Kendrick Perkins. I wouldn’t say the Thunder took that personal and were out to prove a point against the Thunder tonight but they did look the best they have in awhile tonight.
Early they set the tone getting a lot of looks at the rim and converting them. Posting Kevin Durant with Nick Young matched up with him was the emphasis in the first quarter. If not for hot three-point shooting from the Clippers early, the Thunder would have run away with the game sooner.
Durant had one of his better games of the last few weeks notching 32 points and nine rebounds and making all 11 of his free throw attempts.
Sharing was prevalent from the Thunder tonight as the Clippers threw a lot of zone at Oklahoma City and the Thunder responded with the appropriate ball movement foil. Oklahoma City had 20 assists in the game with Durant and James Harden leading the team with five apiece.
The Clipper’s two all-stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin didn’t have their best stuff tonight. Paul had just 13 points and 10 assists and was 3-for-12 from the field. Griffin scored a career-low seven points and went 3-of-11 from the floor.
Randy Foye, who was benched in the Clipper’s last game versus Indiana, was the lone bright spot for the squad heating up from deep early and scoring 16 of his 23 points in the first half.
The Thunder dominated the glass in this one as the Clippers did not register a rebound until around five minutes remaining in the first quarter. Oklahoma City held a 49-31 advantage on the glass and snagged 14 offensive rebounds in the game.
Oklahoma City improves to 35-12 on the year and they will host Minnesota (23-24) Friday night for their next game.