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.