While a certain jaw-dropping play from an All-Star forward is what captured the majority of the headlines, it was an All-Star guard that truly stole the show.
Chris Paul scored 26 points and dished out 14 assists in a vintage effort, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a relatively easy 112-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday evening.
Blake Griffin and Caron Butler each chipped in with 22 for the Clippers, who have won three straight games and improved to 12-6 overall this season.
DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocks. He ranks second in the league (behind Washington’s JaVale McGee), averaging 3.06 blocks per game.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 67 for OKC, but were the only two that really showed up offensively for the Thunder. Daequan Cook (12) was the only other player to score in double figures.
The two players combined to score the first 21 points of the game for the Thunder, as well as 23 of the team’s 25 points in the third quarter.
The Clippers led for the majority of the first half, but the Thunder went on a run on the way to halftime, pulling to within six. Then, a series of wild, turnover-filled play by Oklahoma City led to four consecutive three-pointers for LA, all in the final minute of the second quarter. OKC never made a serious challenge from that point on.
LA’s hot shooting continued, as they shot 71 percent from three-point range in the first half (making 10), and made 13 threes in all. This was after setting a season high just the day before in Denver, when they knocked down 14 from beyond-the-arc.
Oklahoma City came into the game having won 11 of their last 12 games, and boasted a league-best 16-3 record.
Los Angeles has sold out all 12 home games so far this season, and has rewarded the fans with a 10-2 record as the home tenant at Staples Center.
Paul quietly dominated the game from the start, shooting 12-16 from the floor to go along with just two turnovers. He essentially put the game on ice late, hitting four straight shots in the final four minutes of the game.
Guard Eric Bledsoe made a brief season debut for the Clippers, as well, entering with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter.
From here, the Thunder will head on to Dallas to take on the Mavericks in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals on Wednesday.
The Clippers will travel to Salt Lake City to face the Jazz on Wednesday, as well. They’re 2-4 on the season away from home.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.