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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

Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro: "He's going to do that when he gets moving. I thought it was a great pass and obviously a great finish. He's such a tremendous athlete, you're going to see things like that once in a while just because of his aggressiveness and the way he attacks the basket."

Durant: "Man, I don't care about that dunk."

The Clippers' performance was so imposing it easily overshadowed Durant (36) and Russell Westbrook (31) combining for 67 points.

"We had a bad game," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "This is our first bad game in 20. That's the bottom line. We had a bad game. One of the things this team does well is they bounce back. You play 20 games and have one bad game, I think any team in this league would live with that. We're not proud of the way we played."

OKC fought gallantly in the second half just to retain some respect.

The Clippers (12-6) shot 52.0 percent (13 for 25) from 3-point range and 56.3 percent (45 for 80) for the game. LA came in shooting 36.0 percent from 3-point range and the Thunder was third in the league in 3-point defense at 29.5 percent.

"When we defend we are pretty good, but when we don't we are just hoping our shots go down for us and shots for them to miss," Brooks said. "We are a defensive team first, and we didn't do that tonight."

In addition to OKC playing poor defense, Durant and Westbrook got little help on the offensive end.

Daequan Cook had 12 points off the bench, but they all came in the fourth quarter (4 for 4 from 3-point range) and were of little consequence. Cook was 0 for 4 entering the final period.

James Harden started in place of injured Thabo Sefolosha (sore right foot), but his first field goal didn't come until 11:45 was left in the game.

"I just wasn't aggressive," Harden said. "We didn't play well. None of us played well." Harden missed his first six shots and finished 2 for 10 with seven points.

"He didn't play well tonight," Brooks said. "James did not have a game he normally has."

Forward Serge Ibaka, who had season-highs in points (20) and rebounds (12) on Friday night at Golden State, finished with two points and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

Turnovers once again were costly for the Thunder, who had 17 of them, which the Clippers turned into 22 points.

OKC will have Tuesday off and play at Dallas at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.