In a battle between two Western conference contenders, the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled the Los Angeles Clippers at home on Thursday night, beating them 105-91 and staying a perfect 5-0 at Chesapeake Arena on the season. It’s the first time they have started a season with five wins in a row at home since starting the 2004-2005 season in the same way, back in Seattle.
Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka each had a big night for OKC, with Durant putting up 28 points and dishing eight assists, and Ibaka having 17 points and blocking three shots. Russell Westbrook also chipped in, with 12 points.
It was a great night all around for those in attendance at Chesapeake Arena, as another fan hit the half court, $20,000 shot for the second night in a row.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin had a double-double effort on 12-for-23 shooting, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 boards. Griffin has been on fire so far this season, putting up a 20-10 double in 10 of his last 12 games. Chris Paul–who just made history last night when he passed Magic Johnson as the NBA leader for most consecutive games with double-doubles–extended his streak, finishing with 17 points and 12 assists.
As well as Griffin and Paul played, the Thunder owned this game from the opening tip-off. Paul has now had a double-double in his first 13 games, passing Johnson, who opened the 1991-92 season with 11.
OKC led the entire game, securing a 10-point lead early and never leading by less than six points for the rest of the game. Every time the Clippers rallied, OKC answered, taking away the threat of a comeback with ease.
To their credit, the Clippers did look to climb back in it in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when the score was 81-75. However, Nick Collison drained a three ball and Jeremy Lamb followed that up with a jumper to increase OKC’s lead to 11 points. Los Angeles’ Ryan Hollins and Jamal Crawford put up and made big shots to cut the lead back down to seven, but the Thunder scored the next seven straight points en route to its biggest lead of the game up until that point. A made free throw by Lamb made it 93-79, and the Thunder would go on to comfortable cruise to the victory.
With the win, OKC avenged its 111-103 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Nov. 13.
The Thunder advance to 8-3 on the season and host the Utah Jazz next on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ET.