Dominant Durant Lifts Thunder Over Clippers

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Reuters
Kevin Durant put on a second-half show to help Oklahoma City overwhelm the Los Angeles Clippers 109-97 on Tuesday in a possible dress rehearsal for this season's Western Conference finals.

Kevin Durant put on a second-half show to help Oklahoma City overwhelm the Los Angeles Clippers 109-97 on Tuesday in a possible dress rehearsal for this season's Western Conference finals.

Durant caught fire with 24 of his game-high 32 points coming in the final two quarters, where the league's leading scorer mixed three-point bombs with an emphatic dunk to carry the NBA-leading Thunder (33-9) to an emphatic road victory.

Despite playing without injured point guard Chris Paul, the Clippers trailed by just four at halftime but were out-scored 33-23 in the third quarter.

Oklahoma City pushed the advantage to 16 in the fourth before Los Angeles trimmed the final deficit in the closing minutes.

Russell Westbrook added 26 points and six assists for the defending conference champion Thunder, who have now won seven of eight games.

The Clippers (32-11) entered the contest with the second best record in the West but slipped to third behind San Antonio (33-11) despite 31 points and 11 rebounds from Blake Griffin.