After being thoroughly schooled by the Nuggets on Wednesday, the Thunder took out their frustrations on the not-as-hapless-as-you’d-heard Clippers at the Staples Center, 104-87, demonstrating two Great Truths: (1) OKC has some serious resilience, and (2) the Clips really miss Marcus Camby.
Defense was definitely a priority: the Thunder blocked 11 shots, pulled off 13 steals, and held L.A. to 37.2 percent shooting, 28.6 from beyond the arc. The Clips weren’t lacking in offense both Chris Kaman and reserve forward Craig Smith came up with 19 points, Kaman recording a double-double, and sharpshooter Rasual Butler added 17 more but OKC kept them from putting together any serious runs.
The Thunder landed five players in double figures, led by Kevin Durant with 32; James Harden got 15 off the bench. Nenad Krstić posted a double-double, and Russell Westbrook was one assist short of getting one of his own. (The Russmeister had seven steals, more than the rest of the team combined.) OKC shot a tolerable 45.6 percent, hitting five of 14 treys.
Oh, and rebounds? There were literally a hundred in this game, and OKC snagged 53 of them.
This finishes off the season series, with the Thunder taking two out of three. Another series will be completed Sunday, at Sacramento.