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Clippers 108, Thunder 88: 21 turnovers doom Thunder

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: November 20, 2008 at 9:33 am •  Published: November 20, 2008


Kevin Durant finished with five turnovers, Earl Watson had four and Russell Westbrook had three. Even big men Joe Smith, Johan Petro and Nick Collison each turned the ball over twice.

"We certainly need to stop what’s become a trait,” said Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo. "When we don’t go well offensively it just affects our defense way too much. When we score points we defend pretty well, and we’re in good shape. When we go through our droughts... particularly when we’re turning it over, we lose energy.”

The Thunder entered the game averaging 15.8 turnovers, the ninth most in the league. The target number this season is 14.

Mobley, in addition to his 23 points, recorded seven steals. Backcourt mate Baron Davis had four. Los Angeles scored 28 points off of Oklahoma City’s giveaways.

"We’ve got to get people to fight back,” Carlesimo said. "And when people come at us aggressively, we’ve got to do the same thing. We can’t just hang our heads and not offer as much resistance.

"When we are playing well and taking care of the ball and we’re being aggressive, we can be a good team. But we’ve not done a good job at all of meeting the aggressiveness of the other team.”