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             === Thunder, Clippers head back to OKC for Game 5 ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers are
 knotted  2-2 in  their  Western  Conference semifinals  series  and return  to
 Chesapeake Energy Arena for Game 5 Tuesday night.
 
 The  Clippers evened  the series Sunday afternoon thanks to a furious rally in
 the  fourth  quarter. LA trailed Oklahoma  City by 22 points nine minutes into
 the  game and  by 16 in the  early stages of the fourth before Darren Collison
 spearheaded a stunning comeback that gave Los Angeles a 101-99 victory.
 
 The  turnaround was  sealed when Russell Westbrook missed a 3-point try at the
 buzzer.
 
 Collison  scored 12  of his  18 points  in the  fourth quarter.  Blake Griffin
 played  the final 8:44 with five fouls and scored 10 of his 25 points down the
 stretch for a Clippers team that made 13 of its last 16 shots.
 
 Chris  Paul finished with  23 points, 10 assists and just one turnover for Los
 Angeles, which surrendered 40 points to Kevin Durant but forced the league MVP
 into eight of his team's 16 turnovers.
 
 "We  had  to score and  get stops,  and we did  that," Clippers head coach Doc
 Rivers said. "It's now a three-game series."
 
 Westbrook  totaled  27 points and  eight assists in  a setback that seemed far
 from  the realm  of possibility when the  Thunder led by 16 three minutes into
 the final quarter.
 
 The  Clippers, who were shooting 33.8 percent from the floor until that point,
 converted  on six  straight trips during a  12-2 run to pull within 84-78 with
 over six minutes to play.
 
 Westbrook  later  rattled in an  elbow jumper  for a seven-point Oklahoma City
 lead,  but  six consecutive  Clippers points  capped by  Collison's dunk off a
 Durant giveaway suddenly made it a 90-89 game.
 
 "We  finally made  a  lot of  defensive  plays that  got  our offense  going,"
 Collison said.
 
 Griffin's  three-point play  tied it,  94-94, with  1:50 remaining,  and Jamal
 Crawford's 3-pointer the next time down gave LA its first lead at 97-95.
 
 Westbrook  countered with  a  quick tying  two,  but it  was  his former  UCLA
 teammate who came up with the deciding buckets.
 
 First,  Collison pumped-faked  Durant into leaving the entire left side of the
 court  open for an easy go-ahead layup. Then, after a Westbrook miss, Collison
 got  behind  the defense for  an uncontested layup  and a 101-97 Clippers lead
 with just 32.8 seconds showing.
 
 A  Westbrook basket  out of  a timeout  followed by  a Griffin  miss gave  the
 Thunder  one  final shot, but Westbrook's  try from several feet behind the 3-
 point line drew iron, sending the Staples Center crowd into celebration.
 
 "I  had a good look, but it didn't go in," Westbrook said. "It's a tough loss,
 but its a series. We'll go back home and take care of business."
 
 The Thunder split the first two games in OKC.
 
 "They're seething right now. They had an opportunity to go up 3-1 and now it's
 an even series," said Rivers.
 
 "We  still  have a  great opportunity," Thunder  coach Scott Brooks explained.
 "We're  at  home and the  series is  tied. We knew  going into the series that
 they're  a  very good basketball team  just like us.  We know it's going to be
 very  competitive. Both teams are very good, it's evenly matched and there's a
 reason  why it  is  2-2. It's  back  to our  home floor,  where  we feel  very
 confident."
 
 Game 6 will be Thursday night at the Staples Center.
 
 05/13 10:08:24 ET