Add a new one to the YouTube reel. Blake Griffin’s third-quarter posterization of Serge Ibaka was raw power, but Blake flirted with a triple-double by showing off his game’s finer aspects. He racked up seven assists with crisp bounce passes to cutters, and showed off his impressive range of moves in the post.
Chris Paul directed a masterpiece in the second half. He put the Thunder into the penalty early in the third by intentionally tripping up big men on consecutive fast breaks and the resulting 14 free throws kept the Clippers in the game. But as he often does, he saved the best for the fourth quarter. His putback off his own missed drive is one of the season’s highlights.
Kenyon Martin’s 12 points may not look that impressive in the box score, but his paint presence and clutch shooting were huge. All of his baskets were scored at critical junctures in the game, often with the shot clock winding down. A block on Durant and offensive rebound midway through the fourth that led to a Chris Paul 3-pointer were both key moments.
The Clippers have struggled to win all season without a big night from one of their streaky long-range shooters. For a team with playoff aspirations, it’s a precarious formula. It was good to see the Clippers’ superstars carry the team to a win on a night when Randy Foye, Caron Butler and Nick Young went a combined 9-of-25.
After leading the conference the entire season, the Thunder find themelves neck-and-neck with the Spurs for the top seed after a recent three-game losing streak. On Wednesday night, we saw both faces of the Thunder: dominant stretches of whirlwind offense, undermined by foolish turnovers, stupid fouls and lackadaisical defense.