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Thunder: Clippers whip OKC Thunder 112-100

Los Angeles hits four consecutive 3-pointers late in second quarter to take control. Thabo Sefolosha sits out with injury.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: January 31, 2012

LOS ANGELES – A 51-second nightmare came just before halftime of one bad game.

That's what happened to the Thunder on Monday night, losing 112-100 to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Trailing by 16 points after the first 15 minutes, OKC had clawed its way back to within 52-46.

That's when everything abruptly went south on a West Coast trip for the team with the NBA's best record.

With halftime approaching, the Clippers exploded for 12 unanswered points on four straight 3-pointers in 51 seconds.

LA's first 3-pointer came from Mo Williams with 1:16 remaining in the second quarter.

The second 3, after a Williams steal, came from Caron Butler with 56.5 seconds left.

The third 3 came from Williams with 33.3 seconds left.

The fourth 3, after a Butler steal, came from Chauncey Billups with 25.0 seconds left.

Instantaneously, LA led by 18 points and intermission had arrived a minute too late for the Thunder (16-4), which came in having won four straight and 11 of its last 12.

"We turned the ball over, (took) bad shots, they made four 3s in a row and that's the game," OKC All-Star Kevin Durant said afterward. "In that minute, they won the game."

A sellout crowd of 19,404 inside Staples Center roared a little louder after each converted 3.

Drawing an even louder reaction than the Clippers' long-range shooting exhibition was what many will consider the best dunk of the NBA season.

Midway through the third quarter, former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin threw down a vicious tomahawk from the right wing while being fouled by Thunder center Kendrick Perkins.

A replay was shown seven times on the scoreboard in less than one minute and was still being shown while DeAndre Jordan had a dunk himself during live action.

As for the post-game reaction to Griffin's dunk, it depends in which locker room the question was asked.

Griffin: "When they play the replay over the Jumbotron, you hear the crowd. DJ's reaction is always my gauge on what the dunk was like. I think that time he screamed, grabbed me and bear-hugged me. I figure he thought it was cool."

Clippers point guard Chris Paul: "That's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen, just like the dunk (Griffin had) against the Knicks (last season). You're watching the game, and I'm playing the game. So I can get excited for a split second, but I have to keep everyone locked in and let that one go."

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