The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 92-77 Monday night, dropping them out of first place in the Western Conference standings.
The Thunder lose the season series to the Clippers 3-1. Los Angeles has given Oklahoma City their last two losses.
Oklahoma City played their worst half of the season tonight in the third and fourth quarters scoring just 25 points. Remember Kevin Durant scored 20 points in the fourth quarter alone two nights ago.
Tonight, Durant scores 24 but is 0-for-7 from three-point land. He and Russell Westbrook each turned the ball over five times.
Westbrook is held to just nine points breaking a streak of 50-straight games in which the duo has scored in double-digits. Westbrook was 4-for-16 from the floor and had just three assists.
Serge Ibaka was the lone bright spot for Oklahoma City especially in the third quarter keeping their hopes alive for the night with his work on the offensive glass. Ibaka scored 12 points in the game to go with eight boards (five offensive).
The game would again belong to Chris Paul who had his fingerprints all over everything good for the Clippers. Paul had 12 points and 10 assists but seemed to do much more getting Westbrook out of rhythm and getting Nick Young involved, who scored 19 off the bench.
Blake Griffin had another great game against the Thunder again passing well with six assists to go with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Thunder played poorly but missed a lot of shots they normally will hit. Those shots were jump shots though and that is the issue with this team, their reliance on making jump shots.
Tonight was a physical battle and Oklahoma City needed to match that efficiently scoring inside and couldn’t. It’s not the end of the world but a matchup in the playoffs against the Clippers might not be ideal for this Thunder team.
James Harden is going to need to wake up soon. He scored just 12 points and has been averaging about that over the last 10 games. An Oklahoma City NBA Finals appearance would require something closer to 17-5-5 from Harden.
The Thunder (44-17) are on to their third game in this five-game road streak on Wednesday when they will take on Phoenix (32-29).