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Paul, Clippers jump on Thunder early, roll in Game 1
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul and the Clippers landed a haymaker early in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series against Oklahoma City, and the Thunder never peeled themselves off the mat.
Paul, despite dealing with a sprained left thumb and a right hamstring injury, poured in an electric 17 points in an opening quarter that saw Los Angeles build a huge lead and never let up en route to an emphatic 122-105 rout.
Two days after finishing off the Golden State Warriors in a hard-fought series, the Clippers shot a blistering 54.9 percent from the field and 15- of-29 from 3-point range.
Paul finished with 32 points and 10 assists and was especially efficient as he connected on his first eight 3-point tries and only missed two of his 14 shots overall in fashioning a signature playoff performance that lacked one to this point.
Blake Griffin complemented Paul with 23 points while Jamal Crawford donated 17 points off the bench in the blowout.
Oklahoma City, which was coming off its own grueling seven-game series against the Memphis Grizzlies, received typical productive efforts from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant that went for caught.
Westbrook scored a team-high 29 points while Durant added 25 for the Thunder, who will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Wednesday.
05/06 00:19:12 ET
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