The Clippers got a dose of their own medicine last night in Chesapeake Arena.
Oklahoma City was down by eight points with just under three minutes left, and had been sitting at about the same spot for the majority of the game. It looked as if things were going back to LA for a possible series clinching game on the Clippers home court.
But Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant said No.
The Thunder went on a 12-3 run to finish out the game AND the Clippers, winning 105-104. The series now sits at three games to two in Oklahoma City’s favor.
The spark came from a 27-foot three-pointer thanks to Durant who FINALLY got hot in the fourth quarter. He then dropped in another layup and Russell Westbrook put up the final score with three free throws after Chris Paul fouled him on a three-point attempt with six seconds left.
On their ensuing possession, Paul attempted to drive to the basket through Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson, but lost the handle on the ball and turned it over to Ibaka with only a couple ticks left on the clock.
The buzzer sounded and sealed the Thunder’s near impossible comeback at the end of the game.
Durant scored 10 of his 27 points in the final 4 minutes of the game after shooting 3-for-17 through the first three quarters. His big shots helped secure the Thunder a spot for the win, but it was Russell Westbrook who was the consistent player last night.
Westbrook scored 38 points in the game, 23 of them after the intermission. His ability to attack and draw the foul last night proved the defining factor last night as he was 14 of 16 from the free throw line despite shooting 11 of 23 from the field and only two of 6 from beyond the arc.
The series will head back to LA for a potential series clinching game for the Thunder late Thursday night.