Griffin tips in a miss by Paul, but then Nick Collison flips in a miss at the end of the half. He followed the shot; no Clipper did. Westbrook is called for a technical as the teams leave the court, with OKC on top 57-46. There's no lack of physical contact in this game; a foul could be easily called on every possession.
Less than a second left in Q2 Nick Collison grabs rebound, tips in to give Thunder the 11-point halftime lead.
5/11/2014 8:50:41 PMMike.James
At the half, the Thunder is shooting 51%, the Clippers 40% on nine more shots than OKC. The Clippers have trimmed the Thunder's 22-point lead to 11. The importance of this game for LAC: Teams that have won Game 3 (as OKC did) to take a 2-1 series lead have won the series 76% of the time.
If the Clippers have two more quarters like the second, in which they outscored OKC 31-25, they'll win by one point. Scott Brooks has a great defensive plan to keep Griffin from asserting himself. Nothing has been easy for the Clippers' power forward. He's had no room to move.
5/11/2014 8:59:00 PMMike.James
One key stat that is usually the other way around for the Clippers: OKC has blocked six shots. The Clippers have blocked zero. Ibaka has scored only six points, but he's got four blocks already. Again, DeAndre Jordan has been rendered pretty much ineffective.
5/11/2014 9:03:28 PMMike.James
And before play starts in the second half, Paul cuts the lead to 10 with a technical free throw, thanks to Westbrook. And, voila, Redick finally hits one to make it 57-49.
Durant fouled again on a three-point attempt by Barnes. Durant created it by stopping quickly and Barnes ran into him. It translates to three more points, Durant is now 11-11 from the line and the lead is 13.
5/11/2014 9:06:18 PMEric Pincus
Clippers starters vs. Thunder starters - just not working so far today
5/11/2014 9:06:52 PMEric Pincus
Chris Paul seems to be holding his ribs/side
5/11/2014 9:07:41 PMmelissa.rohlin
Durant is sent to the free throw line again. He's 11-for-11 so far.
5/11/2014 9:08:00 PMMike.James
Paul finds Jordan for an alley-oop dunk. That's become all-too-rare in this OKC series for the Clippers.
5/11/2014 9:09:49 PMEric Pincus
Clippers down 13 with the ball - a little over 20 minutes left int he game - plenty of time but they need to string stops together
5/11/2014 9:11:10 PMMike.James
That pass from Westbrook to Durant for the dunk came at a speed the Clippers haven't even approached in this game. That pushes the lead back to 15.
Magic Johnson in the crowd at Staples ... a place he said he'd never go for a Clippers game as long as Donald Sterling was the owner. He tells ESPN he'd take a look at the Clippers when they go up for sale, but hardly commits to anything.
5/11/2014 9:15:25 PMMike.James
Technically, he told ABC.
5/11/2014 9:15:32 PMmelissa.rohlin
Magic Johnson is being interviewed at the Clippers game. He was asked if he'd consider buying the team should Sterling be forced to sell. Said Johnson: "I would definitely take a look at it because I am a businessman."
5/11/2014 9:17:08 PMMike.James
Paul to Jordan, slam. And now, more adventures in free-throw shooting. Jordan takes a deep breath ... bends his knees ... and clang. Off the back of the rim. He's 0-5 from the line.
5/11/2014 9:18:50 PMMike.James
Just thinking, I can't remember the last fastbreak basket by the Clippers.
5/11/2014 9:19:08 PMmelissa.rohlin
@mikejames Free throws have been a big difference in tonight's game. The Thunder are 18-for-23 (78%) while the Clippers are 6-for-14 (57%). Have a feeling that stat will become even more important down the stretch.
5/11/2014 9:20:11 PMEric Pincus
Clippers need to break something open - opportunities there - not capitalizing
5/11/2014 9:21:08 PMEric Pincus
Big face-up jumper at end of shot clock for Griffin - Clippers badly needed that one - down 8 with 4:28 left
The Clippers are hanging around; they just need some contributions from a few more people. Barnes is scoreless, Redick has been ineffective. If Griffin can make a couple of shots like the last 18-footer, that might open things up a bit inside.
5/11/2014 9:25:50 PMEric Pincus
JJ Redick out for Crawford - Redick missing a lot of open looks today
5/11/2014 9:26:34 PMmelissa.rohlin
Griffin picks up his 5th foul and is being subbed out of the game. Bad news for the Clippers.
5/11/2014 9:26:41 PMEric Pincus
5th on Blake - that's a problem for LAC
5/11/2014 9:26:53 PMEric Pincus
Clippers could be in trouble over this final stretch of the third without Griffin
5/11/2014 9:27:16 PMMike.James
Griffin's fifth foul with 3:40 left in the third is good news for OKC. Durant then pushes the lead back to 10.