Clippers Vs. Thunder game 5: live blog

Clippers Vs. Thunder game 5: live blog

Join us for live game 5 updates via the sports staff of the Los Angeles Times.

  • Matt Barnes FTs give #LAC a 9-2 lead. They're on 9-0 run since OKC scored first.
  • 5/14/2014 1:47:18 AM melissa.rohlin
    Well isn't that interesting. The Clippers have come out gunning it tonight. They're shooting 75% from the field while the Thunder is shooting 25% with 9:45 left in the first. Game 4 had the opposite start.
  • 5/14/2014 1:47:43 AM Mike.James
    I'm not sure how Perkins got so open inside. It was as if OKC was playing five on four.
  • 5/14/2014 1:47:46 AM Eric Pincus
    Thunder pushing back
  • 5/14/2014 1:48:09 AM Eric Pincus
    Mike - Clippers don't guard Perkins much!
  • 5/14/2014 1:48:26 AM melissa.rohlin
    Is it just me or does this feel a bit like a Game 7 even though it's only the first few minutes of Game 5. #intensity
  • 5/14/2014 1:48:37 AM Eric Pincus
    Griffin's jumper is falling
  • 5/14/2014 1:48:59 AM melissa.rohlin
    Blake hasn't missed yet, he's made his first two field goals. Quite a confidence booster.
  • Thabo drives and slams. Thunder cuts 7-point LAC lead to 3. It's 11-8 Clippers with 7:46 left in Q1.
  • The Griffin J is working. 3-for-3
  • 5/14/2014 1:49:33 AM melissa.rohlin
    Griffin. Again. Three-for-three. All jumpers.
  • 5/14/2014 1:49:42 AM Eric Pincus
    Not sure I can recall Griffin's jumper looking quite so smooth
  • 5/14/2014 1:49:59 AM Eric Pincus
    2nd on DeAndre Jordan - 7:20 left in 1st
  • 5/14/2014 1:50:44 AM Mike.James
    Seems to be a lot more noise in OKC early than there was at Staples in Game 4, but Griffin's third make on three shots quiets things significantly. Jordan's quick second foul, though, isn't great for the Clippers. 13-10 LAC.
  • Barnes and Redick with a 3-pointer in the first 5 minutes. They had 1 combined in Game 4
  • 5/14/2014 1:50:57 AM Eric Pincus
    Barnes for three - finally gets one to drop 16-10 clippers
  • 5/14/2014 1:52:15 AM Mike.James
    This game has great pace so far. Both teams looking to run at every chance.
  • 5/14/2014 1:52:22 AM melissa.rohlin
    The Clippers are faster getting to the ball than the Thunder tonight, they're getting the loose balls. They are definitely playing as though this were a must-win.
  • 5/14/2014 1:52:44 AM Eric Pincus
    2nd foul on Serge Ibaka with 6:00 left in 1st
  • 5/14/2014 1:53:37 AM Mike.James
    Looks like Griffin has twisted his left ankle on a foul by Ibaka. He's trying to walk it off, but doesn't look too comfortable.... Comfortable enough to make two free throws to make it 18-10, though.
  • 5/14/2014 1:53:47 AM melissa.rohlin
    Blake still hasn't missed -- three-for-three from the field and two-for-two from the foul line.
  • 5:50 1Q: #Clippers 18, Thunder 10. @blakegriffin32 8 pts, 4 rebs.
  • 5/14/2014 1:55:03 AM Stacey.Leasca
  • 5/14/2014 1:55:21 AM Amy.Hubbard
    Matt Barnes sinks one
    TNT screen grab


  • 5/14/2014 1:55:32 AM melissa.rohlin
    Clippers are up, 18-10, with 5:50 left in the first. Remember how the Clippers couldn't make a three-pointer to save their life in Game 4? They're 2-for-3 from that range so far tonight.
  • 5/14/2014 1:55:59 AM Mike.James
    Blake Griffin's been the man so far. He's three-for-three from the field and two-for-two from the line for 8 points. Clippes are shooting 55%,  two for three on three pointers, and playing good defense. OKC is shooting 36%.
  • 5/14/2014 1:56:39 AM melissa.rohlin
    @mike: But as we learned in Game 4, first quarter starts only mean so much...
  • 5/14/2014 1:58:05 AM melissa.rohlin
    When OKC goes to the line, you can hear a pin drop. The crowd goes dead silent!
  • 5/14/2014 1:58:43 AM Mike.James
    @melissa: Absolutely correct. But it's much more what Doc Rivers was hoping for than Game 4. And just look at Game 1 of the Memphis series two years ago to realize how meaningless early leads can be.
  • 5/14/2014 1:59:12 AM Eric Pincus
    Clippers up 8 early - good start for sure - but as noted - only means so much
  • 5/14/2014 2:00:26 AM melissa.rohlin
    Paul just split all defenders, makes shot. Next play, Blake Griffin is fouled as he goes up for an (attempted dunk turned layup?) He made the shot. Refs are reviewing whether it was a flagrant.
  • 5/14/2014 2:00:38 AM Eric Pincus
    Westbrook may get tagged with flagrant on that play vs. Griffin - who scored.
  • 5/14/2014 2:01:34 AM Mike.James
    Griffin going to the hoop on a breakaway is something like a runaway truck heading down the Grapevine. Very tough to stop. Westbrook tried to wrap him up, Griffin scored anyway, and Westbrook is called for a flagrant foul. 22-12 with Griffin at the line.
  • 5/14/2014 2:01:43 AM Eric Pincus
    Flagrant 1 on Westbrook - 1 ft plus the ball to Clippers 
  • 5/14/2014 2:01:52 AM melissa.rohlin
    Refs determine that Russell Westbrook committed a flagrant 1 on Blake Griffin, which means possible three-point play plus possession.
  • 5/14/2014 2:02:12 AM melissa.rohlin
    Griffin. hasn't. missed. a. free. throw. or. a. shot.
  • Blake with 11 points. He's had 24 games, including Playoffs, with 10+ pts in 1st quarter this season.
  • 5/14/2014 2:02:28 AM Mike.James
    Griffin makes the free throw and the Clippers get the ball back. That could make it a five-point play ... But Griffin misses from 18 feet.
  • 5/14/2014 2:02:36 AM melissa.rohlin
    The Clippers are on a 10-2 run with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first. 23-12, Clippers.
  • 5/14/2014 2:03:30 AM Mike.James
    @melissa. Of course, you realize as soon as you wrote Blake Griffin hadn't missed anything, he missed. Not that you're a hex or anything. Just saying.
  • 5/14/2014 2:03:57 AM melissa.rohlin
    Big baby is making his shots too. The Clippers are looking goooooood right now.
  • 5/14/2014 2:04:35 AM melissa.rohlin
    @mike: So if I say I'm going to win the lottery tomorrow, would that mean that I will. Just saying.
  • 5/14/2014 2:04:39 AM Mike.James
    Big Baby doesn't move very well, but he has a decent shot. Just doesn't get much space between the soles of his sneakers and the hardwood.
  • 5/14/2014 2:05:04 AM Eric Pincus
    Redick for 3 - Clippers doing everything they're supposed to offensively
  • 5/14/2014 2:05:35 AM melissa.rohlin
    @mike: ***Woops said that wrong, should have said I'm not going to win the lottery***** (Just messed up my hex powers. Darn!!!!!!)
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