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Mar 3, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers small forward Caron Butler (5) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder close out LA Clippers 108-104

Mar 3, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) handles the ball against Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook made the final four field goals he took as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-104 Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

Westbrook led the Thunder with 29 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. He went 11-for-20 from the field and helped the Thunder to an early lead after scoring 14 points in the first quarter.

The Clippers trailed by nine entering the fourth quarter then stormed back thanks to a 7-point possession capped off by a three-pointer by Jamal Crawford that gave the Clippers a 100-99 lead with 1:30 left in the game.

The Thunder responded though with the next five points of the game then hung on to get the win in the final minutes.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 35 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists.

The Thunder also got a big game from Serge Ibaka who scored 16 points to go with three rebounds and two blocks.

The Clippers were led by Chris Paul who had 26 points and eight assists. Blake Griffin scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists before fouling out with 59 seconds left.

The Thunder improve to 43-16 with the win and are now a game and a half ahead of the Clippers for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Thunder will play next at home Tuesday night vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.

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