On the night NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presented Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant's first career league Most Valuable Player trophy, the four-time NBA scoring champion didn't disappoint in the game which immediately followed. Durant led all scorers with 32 points as the Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 to even their playoff series at 1-1.
Much the opposite of game one, the Oklahoma City Thunder began to build a sizable lead late in the opening quarter. Durant was very much in his MVP form with a game-high 17 points as the Thunder led by as much as 11; ultimately ahead 37-28 after the first quarter.
The Clippers responded in the second quarter with a 24-14 run to retake the lead 52-51; capped by a 10-foot jumper by former Oklahoma Sooner Blake Griffin. It was only Griffin's second made field goal on eight attempts in the half. The Oklahoma City native finished the night with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting along with six rebounds and two assists.
The Thunder front court made some more offensive contributions to close out the half. Serge Ibaka made a pair of layups, center Kendrick Perkins recorded a field goal as well. Oklahoma City carried a 61-56 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was when the Thunder made a huge offensive statement. OKC outscored Los Angeles 33-21, extending the lead to 17 points (94-77.) The Clippers never reduced the deficit to single digits and by the game's end, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook recorded his third triple-double in five games (31 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists.) Teammate Kevin Durant was one assist shy of a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.
The series continues Friday evening in Los Angeles.
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