Clippers Vs. Thunder: Game 4 live blog

Clippers Vs. Thunder: Game 4 live blog

Live updates from Clippers Vs. Thunder game 4 via the sports staff at the Los Angeles Times.

  • 5/11/2014 9:31:52 PM melissa.rohlin
    Kevin Durant has 13 of his 30 points from the free throw line. The second-leading scorer for OKC has 17 points.
  • 5/11/2014 9:32:31 PM Eric Pincus
    Crafty move D. Collison - Clippers surviving w/o Blake
  • 5/11/2014 9:34:00 PM Eric Pincus
    Big Reggie Jackson three-pointer - 75-63 after 3 quarters - Thunder up 12 with a chance to go up 3-1 heading back to OKC
  • 5/11/2014 9:34:05 PM melissa.rohlin
    That's DJ's first block of the day. He has a quiet six points, but an important 11 rebounds so far.
  • 5/11/2014 9:34:34 PM melissa.rohlin
    Jackson makes a buzzer-beating three pointer to put the Thunder up, 75-63, heading into the fourth quarter.
  • 5/11/2014 9:34:38 PM Mike.James
    Nice move by Darren Collison inside, little hesitation. Jordan really coming on on the boards; he's got 14. Jordan then blocks Nick Collison on a three, for naught. Reggie Jackson then comes back with the clock expiring with a three, and the lead is a dozen heading into the fourth. Tall order for the Clippers.
  • Lineup to start 4th quarter: Collison, Crawford, Granger, Davis, Jordan.
  • Reggie Jackson's 3 with 7 seconds left in Q3 gives Thunder 75-63 lead over Clippers headed to 4th.

  • 5/11/2014 9:38:04 PM Mike.James
    How critical is this fourth quarter for the Clippers? Only eight teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA playoff series. 90% of teams with a 3-1 lead and playing Game 5 at home have won.
  • 5/11/2014 9:38:22 PM melissa.rohlin
    Doc Rivers to ABC before the fourth quarter: "We just got to play our game and not try to do too much."
  • 5/11/2014 9:38:42 PM Eric Pincus
    If Granger is going to give up the lay-up in transition to Kevin Durant - why foul him too?
  • 5/11/2014 9:39:28 PM melissa.rohlin
    Kevin Durant is really showing why he's the MVP. He drives to the basket and draws a foul from Granger to put the Thunder up by 15.
  • 5/11/2014 9:41:09 PM Mike.James
    Durant with a three-point play after being fouled without purpose by Granger, and the lead is up to 15. Doc calls a timeout. What he really needs is someone who can shoot from range: LA is now a miserable 2 for 20 on threes.
  • 5/11/2014 9:43:09 PM Mike.James
    Kevin Durant is doing what MVPs do. He's 9 for 20 from the field, has made 14 of 16 free throws and has 33 points. He's phenomenal.
  • 5/11/2014 9:44:07 PM Eric Pincus
    Chris Paul's lay-up in transition gets Clippers to within 13 - another stop for LAC - if they're going to make a stand, not much time left to do it.
  • 5/11/2014 9:45:50 PM Mike.James
    Durant with an 18-foot fadeaway to push it to 15 again.
  • 5/11/2014 9:46:57 PM Eric Pincus
    Still no Blake Griffin - with 5 fouls - he's waiting to check in - a little under 9 left in the game
  • 5/11/2014 9:47:19 PM melissa.rohlin
    The Thunder have pushed their lead to 16, their largest advantage of the second half. They led by as many as 22 in the first.
  • 5/11/2014 9:47:44 PM Eric Pincus
    Griffin back in - quickly scores - Clippers within 12
  • 5/11/2014 9:48:10 PM Mike.James
    Griffin returns with five fouls and 8:44 to play. OKC is up 14, but Paul finds him and the lead is 12.
  • 5/11/2014 9:48:24 PM Eric Pincus
    Jamal Crawford in transition - 82-72 8:11 left - makes a difference having Griffin on the floor
  • 6 in a row for #Clippers . 8:11 to go. Back to a 10pt game. OKC 82, LAC 72
  • Enjoying themselves at Game 4 in LA: our Thunder flyaway winners: Heather and Randy Sanders! #WeAreThunder

  • 5/11/2014 9:48:55 PM melissa.rohlin
    The Clippers went on a 6-0 run to cut the Thunder's lead to 10. Timeout, Thunder. Hmmmm...
  • 5/11/2014 9:51:34 PM Mike.James
    The thing that's tough to get my hands around is the Clippers are shooting 10% on threes, Matt Barnes is scoreless, and still OKC hasn't been able to put them away. They've come close several times. First few possessions after the timeout could be really important.
  • 5/11/2014 9:53:57 PM melissa.rohlin
    If the Clippers hadn't missed eight free throws tonight, they'd be down by only four points instead of 12.
  • 5/11/2014 9:54:07 PM Eric Pincus
    Clippers small right now with Blake Griffin at center, Danny Granger at power forward - and 3 guards (including Jamal Crawford)
  • 5/11/2014 9:54:38 PM Mike.James
    Granger is getting a lot of playing time in the fourth quarter for the Clippers. That's a problem for them.
  • 5/11/2014 9:55:10 PM Eric Pincus
    Blake Griffin protecting the basket - despite 5 fouls
  • 5/11/2014 9:55:36 PM Eric Pincus
    Suddenly the Thunder are giving Chris Paul a lane to the basket - 84-78 6:13 left
  • 5/11/2014 9:56:21 PM Mike.James
    Paul cuts it to eight. Griffin stops Westbrook on a drive; easily could have been his sixth foul, and Paul drives and scores again to cut the lead to 84-78. A 12-2 run for the Clippers.
  • 5/11/2014 9:56:26 PM melissa.rohlin
    And suddenly the Clippers have used a 12-2 run to cut the Thunder's lead to six with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
  • 6:13 4Q: Thunder 84, #Clippers 78. @CP3 with 6 points in a row. He's got 23 in the game.
  • Halfway through 4th in LA, Thunder's lead on Clippers is 6. Watch on ABC, listen on #ThunderRadioNetwork @sportsanimal
  • 5/11/2014 9:56:51 PM Stacey.Leasca

  • 5/11/2014 9:57:44 PM melissa.rohlin
    Amazing that the Clippers only trail by six points considering they're shooting 38% from the field, including a horrendous 2 for 20 from three-point range.
  • 5/11/2014 9:58:22 PM Mike.James
    @Billplaschke tweets: How on earth can this be a two possession game with six minutes left?.... I couldn't agree more.
  • 5/11/2014 9:58:42 PM melissa.rohlin
    If this were a Laker game, and Kobe was on the court, this would turn into the Mamba show. Let's see if Chris Paul similarly takes over in what he called a "must win" down the stretch of Game 4.
  • 5/11/2014 9:59:19 PM melissa.rohlin
    Chris Paul has that look in his eyes. DONT TOUCH HIS HEAD.
  • 5/11/2014 10:01:04 PM melissa.rohlin
    Three defenders just collapsed on Blake Griffin down low. He powered his way to the free throw line, where he made two to cut the Thunder's lead to 6 once again.
  • 5/11/2014 10:01:45 PM Eric Pincus
    Clippers still struggling to get stops - getting points but not getting any closer than 6 . . . 
  • 5/11/2014 10:02:10 PM melissa.rohlin
    Who else would love to see CP3 and Westbrook play one-on-one for the remaining five minutes. Now that would be interesting.
  • 5/11/2014 10:02:43 PM Eric Pincus
    Clippers finally get a step - but can't score
  • 5/11/2014 10:03:37 PM Eric Pincus
    Another stop and Collison takes it hard to the basket - fouled by Westbrook (5th) - 2 FT 88-81 with 4:29 left - chance to get it finally under 6 to 5
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