April 11, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Paul game-winning layup beats Thunder 100-98


Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer as time expired that would have won the game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Chris Paul made the go-ahead basket on a driving layup with 8.8 seconds left to put the Los Angeles Clippers ahead 100-98.

The Thunder executed for the look they wanted on the last shot but it wasn’t in the cards for Durant to out-clutch Paul.

Paul proved his status as the best closer in the NBA scoring 24 of his 31 points in the second half and scoring nine of the final 11 Clippers points.

Durant played the entire fourth quarter and struggled overall in the quarter but did make the game-tying three-pointer with 32 seconds left. Durant made the trey after helping the Thunder get a stop on the previous possession blocking a Kenyon Martin jump shot.

Durant finished with 22 points but on 7-of-21 shooting.

The Thunder did not play their best game and were in it mostly because of great three-point shooting as they hit 12-of-26 from distance on the night.

Russell Westbrook also struggled from the field at 3-for-14 but scored 20 points thanks to 13-of-15 free throws.

James Harden was efficient with 17 points on eight shots but only had two assists and the Thunder needed more than that from him tonight.

Paul added just four assists to his 31 points and it was actually Blake Griffin who did the distributing with seven dimes on the night to go with his 16 points and 12 rebounds and one monster throwdown on Serge Ibaka.

The game had very little flow and that’s how the Clippers like it sometimes, especially Paul. He was in control of everything late and a one-man show.

Oklahoma City falls to 42-16 on the year and will play next at home against Sacramento before going on the road for the next five games. They remain first in the West with San Antonio also losing tonight.

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