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OKC Thunder: Dynamic duo, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, dominate in Game 2 win over Clippers

The win evened the best-of-7 series at one game apiece as the matchup moves to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4. Had the Thunder dropped Wednesday’s contest, it would have forced OKC to win four of five games, three of them coming at Staples Center, to advance.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 8, 2014

By halftime, Durant sat on 21 points despite not taking his first field goal in the second period until 1:54 remained in the half.

Durant was just as effective in the second half, scoring 11 points with eight rebounds and six assists. He finished one assist shy of joining Westbrook with a triple-double and making the Thunder’s dynamic duo the only pair of teammates in NBA history to register triple-doubles in the same playoff game.

Westbrook was sensational, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists and showing why Durant a day earlier called him an MVP-caliber talent. He controlled the pace throughout, exhibiting an extraordinary floor game and establishing himself as a troublesome all-around threat. He put constant pressure on the Clippers defense with relentless penetration, pinpoint passes and some phenomenal rebounds and steals.

The explosiveness of both Durant and Westbrook, coupled with a few offensive contributions from unlikely sources Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins (combined 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting), made the Thunder too much for the Clippers.

Oklahoma City shot 50.6 percent and, unlike in Game 1, exhibited a much better defensive effort to stave off what would have been a surprising two-game sweep in Oklahoma City.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 18 points, but he scored only two points in the second half. Chris Paul overcame first-quarter foul trouble that limited him to 5 minutes, 19 seconds in the period to finish with 17 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. Blake Griffin was held in check for the second straight game and finished with 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Game 3 is Friday night.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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