Then with 27.2 seconds left in the half, a vast majority of the spotlights in the rafters of The Peake went out. The arena was dimly lit, and officials stopped play as they tried to figure out what had happened. As the stoppage dragged on for several minutes, Thunder coach Scott Brooks and Clippers coach Doc Rivers conferred at halfcourt and agreed to play the remainder of the half without the rest of the lights.
It was determined that a power surge was to blame for the outage, though Thunder officials said they weren’t sure what caused it.
By the time the second half started, all of the lights were back on.
So was the Thunder. It soon stretched the lead back to double-digits, and after Thabo Sefolosha hit a three to stretch the lead to 12 point with four minutes left in the quarter, the Clippers never got within single digits again.
Durant finished with a game-high 32 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Westbrook had his third triple-double of these playoffs. No other player has even one triple-double in this year’s postseason.
His line: 31 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists.
Now, the series shifts to Los Angeles for the next two games. Game 3 will be at 9:30 p.m. Friday.