NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at LA Clippers
(Friday, January 23rd)
Final Score: LA Clippers 107, Oklahoma City 104
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Eric Gordon set a franchise-rookie record for points in a game with 41, and the Los Angeles Clippers edged the Oklahoma City Thunder, 107-104, at Staples Center.
Al Thornton set a season-high with 34 points for the Clippers, who still only have two wins in their last 16 games. Ricky Davis totaled 11 assists in the win and Fred Jones had 12 points and seven helpers.
Clippers guard Mardy Collins left the game with 7:43 left in the first quarter with a left calf strain. He is listed as day-to-day.
Kevin Durant set four career-highs with 46 points, 15 rebounds, 24 free throws made and 26 free throws attempted for the Thunder, who are 3-2 over their last five games. Jeff Green added 14 points in defeat.
Thunder guard Kyle Weaver left the game with an undisclosed injury.
Up by five points late in the game, Gordon drained a three-pointer to give the Clippers a 96-88 lead with a shade over four minutes left.
Moments later, five straight points from Durant cut it to 102-99.
The teams traded baskets and Nick Collison's putback layup with 34.3 seconds showing made it 107-104.
Following an LA turnover, the Thunder called a timeout with 6.5 ticks left.
Oklahoma City inbounded the ball and Collison was fouled with 5.5 seconds remaining. He missed the first and intentionally missed the second, and Durant got the rebound and quickly moved behind the arc.
Durant's potential game-tying shot was off the mark as the Clippers took the win.
"On the last shot I should have shot it better," said Durant. "I would have been happy with 15 points if we could have gotten the win."
The Thunder roared to a 29-25 lead after the first quarter and led 53-50 at the break.
Jones' three-pointer and Gordon's jumper gave the Clippers a 62-59 lead with 7:17 left in the third frame and the Clippers were up 77-72 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Durant's jumper cut the lead to a point early in the fourth, but Gordon quickly poured in four points to make it 86-81 with 7:14 left in the game.
"I feel good but most importantly we won the game," said Gordon. "We really played hard, as long as we play team-ball everything will be fine."
LA hit 11-of-19 from three-point range. OKC was 7-for-15 from downtown...The Thunder outrebounded the Clips, 48-31...The Thunder fell to just 3-18 as the road team this season...The Clippers finished a six-game homestand Friday at 2-4...LA has won four straight over Oklahoma City/Seattle and have already beaten the Thunder in Oklahoma City twice this season.
01/24 01:52:50 ET