Los Angeles, CA.—The Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-110 on Tuesday night.
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The Clippers controlled the entire first half but ended up surrendering a 13-pt halftime lead of 67-54. Oklahoma City then went on a 20-0 run to early in the third quarter to take a 77-69.
Danilo Gallinari had a big first half for the Clippers scoring 23 points but was held to just 4 in the 2nd half finishing with 27 points (10-10 FT). Tobias Harris contributed 15 points (7-14 fg) but was just 0-3 from three.
Lou Williams chipped in with 17 points in 25 minutes and hit all eight of his free throws.
Patrick Beverly who had the primary assignment on Thunder’s Russell Westbrook continued to battle with the former MVP all night trying to make things difficult for him. Westbrook wound up with 32 points but took him a game-high 25 field goal attempts. These two went back-and-forth all night, not in the scoring department but competing against each other.
Right before the half, Beverly mocks Westbrook by giving the impression he was rocking a baby to sleep, the same thing Westbrook did right after he scored on Beverly earlier in the game. Then things got chippy late in the fourth with the Thunder up big 108-92 when Beverly dove after a loose ball right in front of Westbrook knocking him to the ground, Westbrook did not like that and the two exchanged words before both were given techs.
The two have had history dating all the way back to the 2013 playoffs in the first round when Beverly injured Westbrook tearing his meniscus after attempting to steal the ball before a timeout was called. That caused Westbrook to miss the remainder of the playoffs. No Thunder fan has forgotten that.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4) winners of two straight found themselves potentially staring at 1-5 at the half before sparking their 20-0 third quarter run. Which ultimately led to 39-10 third quarter advantage for the Thunder.
Westbrook finished with a game-high 32 points (13-25 fg) and dished out 8 assist.
His All-Star teammate Paul George also had 32 points to go along with a game-high 12 boards. Big man Steven Adams also had a double-doublewith 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Westbrook said after the game regarding the incident with Beverly: "As long as we defend and score and put the ball in the basket, I don't care if it's two or three, it don't really matter," Westbrook said. "That's for y'all and the analytics teams and all that."
His teammate George feels that's just who he is saying in a post game interview: "Russ don't really like nobody. He's that fiery no matter who's matched up against him. It just doesn't make it any better if it's Pat out there."
Clippers travel to Philadelphia for a Thursday night matchup against Joel Embiid and the Sixers. 4:00 PT.