The Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night in the Staples Center. The game got off to a slow start for a matchup with a decent amount of anticipation. This was the first time that these two teams have met since the trade this summer.
Neither team was very successful at putting the ball in the basket during the first quarter. After six minutes of play the score was tight up at 8-8. Both teams picked up the pace towards the end of the quarter but it was the Clippers who were on top 23-17.
The Thunder got off to a much better start in the second quarter thanks to Chris Paul who led the way offensively. The Thunder scored a good amount of their third quarter points via the free throw line. The team was 10-12 from the line in the first half. The offense began to gain some momentum due to the steals on the defensive end. OKC came up with 8 steals in the first half. The Thunder held a 47-42 lead at halftime.
Things got a little intense in the third quarter as tempers began to heat up for each team. Neither side of the ball was agreeing with the officiating, which only made things worse. The Thunder has struggled in third quarters quite a bit this season, but OKC managed to do enough in the third quarter to stay in this game.
The fourth quarter was controlled mostly by the Clippers. However, in the final few minutes the Thunder went on a 7-0 run to get back within reach. After a few heroics from Chris Paul, the Thunder actually took the lead with only 30 seconds to go. Unfortunately, Paul George hit a dagger of a three to give the Clippers an advantage. In the end, the Thunder had a clean look for the win from Gallinari, but it didn’t fall. The Clippers win this one 90-88.
Thunder Player Of The Game
Chris Paul has done an amazing job embracing his roll in OKC. In my opinion, he has done everything asked of him and more. Monday night against the Clippers, he showed out once again putting up his second 20 point game in a row. He finished the night with 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. He also managed to come up with 4 steals.
CP3 was the only reason the Thunder had a chance in this one. He was a leader throughout, and hit some incredibly clutch shots down the stretch.
Stuck In LA
The Thunder will remain in LA to face the Lakers tomorrow night. The game will tip-off at 9:30 PM CST, so get your coffee ready. It will be televised on FSOK, and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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