The defense was simply not good enough to win Sunday afternoon at Chesapeake Arena as the Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Thunder lost their second straight home game as the Clippers beat them 125-117.
Kevin Durant scored 42 points on 15-of-30 shooting and had 10 assists, but it was not enough to overcome 51.9 percent shooting from the field and 13 made three-pointers for the Clippers.
Every Clippers starter scored at least 18 points with Jamal Crawford leading the way with 36 points. Chris Paul had 18 points and 12 assists and Blake Griffin went for 20 points. Matt Barnes made six threes as he scored 24.
The Thunder fell behind early while Steven Adams, starting for the injured Kendrick Perkins, was minus-16 in 16 minutes.
In his second game back, Russell Westbrook once again struggled from the field, shooting 3-for-13. He had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.
The Thunder trailed by 15 late in the third quarter before Durant and Derek Fisher caught fire. Fisher checked in and hit back-to-back threes, then Durant finished the third with a pull-up 35-footer and OKC trailed by six entering the fourth.
The Thunder went pretty small down the stretch with Westbrook, Fisher and Reggie Jackson on the floor together. The Thunder gave up some second-chance opportunities with this lineup in and too many open three-pointers.
Jackson was awful off the bench in his 34 minutes, shooting 3-for-12, scoring seven points, turning it over four times and inexplicably jacking up five three-pointers, of which he made just one.
The Thunder are now 1-2 vs. the Clippers this season. Perkins did not play in the two losses ironically. There may be something to that.
The Thunder fall to 43-14 with the loss, which now has them behind Indiana in terms of the best winning percentage in the league. They’ll play next at home vs. Cleveland on Wednesday.