1/24/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - Coming off a strong performance by the Los Angeles Clippers (21-4) Kawhi Leonard and Paul George gave them a fourteen point victory 120-106 over the Oklahoma City Thunder (6-8) on Friday night, were looking to sweep the weekend series at the Staples Center Sunday afternoon, to extend their seven-game win streak.
Serge Ibaka opened the game with a bucket to give the Clippers a 2-0 lead. OKC's Isaiah Roby would tie the game 2-2. After that, things started to go bad for OKC. Paul George, with 5:27 left in the first quarter, scored his first basket of the game, a three-pointer to give the Clippers a 19-9 lead.
Towards the end of the quarter, Nicolas Batum's slam dunk prompted a time out by the Thunder as the Clippers took a 25-11 lead. OKC was being overpowered and outrebounded as the Clippers had 15 while the Thunder had 10, was one of the main reason why the Clippers lead 36-19 at the end of the first quarter.
The Thunder were on the verge of getting the momentum back in the game by outscoring the Clippers 10-4 in the second quarter that made the score 40-29 after a basket by Theo Maledon. However, the momentum would switch back whenever the Clipper defense would force a turnover or an offensive foul by OKC.
With momentum, and along with Kawhi Leonard's 21 points, four assists and six rebounds would result in the Clippers taking a 56-45 lead at half time. The Thunder bench scored 18 points that kept the game from not getting away from them early on.
Halfway through the third quarter, the Thunder rallied to cut their deficit down to seven points 70-63, forcing the Clippers to call a timeout. With 3:21 remaining in the quarter, Kawhi Leanord extended the Clippers lead to 77-67 after a slam dunk.
Leonard would also end the third quarter with a buzzer-beater shot as the Clippers led 85-73. Everything, up until this point of the game, seemed to be going the Clippers' way.
The Clippers remained dominant in the fourth quarter, even after OKC's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had scored 19 points already. Unfortunately for the Thunder, the Clippers seemed to counter every small move they made during the game.
Paul George's three-point shot tied the largest lead of the game for the Clippers, seventeen points 100-83, with 4:12 left in the game. However, with 2:12 left in the game, George Hill's three-pointer had the Thunder down by eight-points 102-94.
In the end, the Clippers would prevail and would extend their winning streak to seven games by defeating the Thunder 108-100 at the Staple Center. Leonard led the Clippers in scoring with 34-points, Serge Ibaka 17-points, Reggie Jackson 14, and George 11-points.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder in scoring with 23-points, Hill 22-points, and Hamidou Diallo 14-points. The Clippers will hit the road to face the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, while the Thunder will face the Trailblazers on Monday night. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #nba #laclippers #okcthunder #clippers #sergeibaka #kawhileonard #shaigilgeousalexander #tgsportstv1