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NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at LA Clippers



(Wednesday, November 13th)

Final Score: LA Clippers 111, Oklahoma City 103

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles' Matt Barnes played a role in the most pivotal altercation of the game despite watching the second half from the locker room.

Barnes and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka were involved in a scuffle at the end of the first half, and both were ejected for the fracas. With Oklahoma City's defensive stalwart a non-factor, the Clippers rallied from their nine-point halftime deficit and came away with a 111-103 victory at Staples Center.

Chris Paul recorded his ninth straight double-double to start the season, finishing with 14 points and 16 assists to go with seven rebounds for the Clippers, who won their third straight and improved to 4-0 at home.

Blake Griffin also filled the stat sheet with 22 points, 12 boards and seven helpers, while Jamal Crawford contributed 20 points off the bench in the win.

Kevin Durant paced the Thunder with 33 points, 10 assists and six boards, but his club watched a four-game winning streak come to an end.

"We turned the ball over too many times in the second half," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks admitted. "They also had 17 or 18 offensive rebounds. Those two things hurt us. No excuses, they beat us."

Oklahoma City appeared in control before Griffin and Ibaka got tangled up under the basket in the closing seconds of the first half. Griffin went to the floor when Ibaka tried to yank his arm loose from Griffin's grasp. Barnes came from behind and shoved Ibaka, who cocked his arm back looking for a target but did not throw a punch.

After looking at the replay, the officials ejected both Ibaka and Barnes, and Griffin was hit with a technical foul. Barnes was 0-for-5 from the field while Ibaka was a perfect 6-for-6 for 13 points at the time.

The Thunder certainly missed Ibaka's presence in the middle after the break.

The Clippers made their run late in the third quarter, as Griffin converted a three-point play to cap a 9-0 surge and break a 71-71 tie.

"In the third we did such a great job," Griffin said. "This was a big test for us. We'll take the win, but there are some things we have to work on."

The hosts were in front, 83-78, heading to the fourth and scored the first eight points of the final stanza. Oklahoma City called a timeout after going down by 11, and Darren Collison stole the ensuing inbounds pass and went in for an easy layup to give the Clippers a 91-78 cushion with 10 minutes to play.

Durant scored five points and assisted on three other baskets during a 12-4 push that brought Thunder within 100-96 with 3 1/2 minutes left, but the comeback fell short.

Crawford put in two shots around two Westbrook misses from the foul line, and Durant airballed a 3-pointer the next time down to essentially seal the outcome.

The Thunder found themselves down 8-0 just over three minutes into the game, but after missing their first five shots, they nailed 13 of their next 17 the rest of the opening quarter.

Oklahoma City took a 33-25 lead into the second frame, and Westbrook's buzzer- beating 3-pointer just after the questionable ejections sent the Thunder into the locker room with a 62-53 advantage.

Westbrook wound up with 19 points and 10 assists.

Game Notes

The Thunder swept all three meetings last season ... Both teams turned the ball over 22 times ... With Ibaka out of the game, the Clippers held a 28-16 advantage in points in the paint ... Los Angeles held a 50-35 rebounding edge ... DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick each netted 15 points in the win.

11/14 02:34:17 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
8th
CHC 5
ARI 2
 
6th
COL 6
SFG 5
 
5th
OAK 0
TEX 1
 
4th
SEA 0
HOU 2
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
MIN
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1