The Oklahoma City Thunder trailed the Los Angeles Clippers for much of Monday night’s game at Staples Center, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made the big plays down the stretch to come away with a 100-99 victory.
Durant made the game-deciding plays, first knocking down a late jumper over Luc Mbah a Moute…
…then blocking Chris Paul’s shot at the buzzer:
Those two plays came after some wild ones involving Westbrook. As the game went back and forth down the stretch, Westbrook scored five straight points to put the Thunder up one, and then he came up with a huge steal with 14 seconds left. But then disaster momentarily struck:
Both Westbrook and Dion Waiters were at fault on that one, but luckily for the Thunder, Durant saved the day.
KD didn’t have his most efficient outing by scoring just 24 points on 24 shots, but he also added nine rebounds and seven assists to go along with the clutch plays. Westbrook led the way with 33 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Paul had a huge game in his own right with 32 points and 10 assists, but that last play will sting, and this is just another tough loss for the Clippers against the top competition in the Western Conference:
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City is 19-9 and has created some separation as the No. 3 seed behind the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.