Clippers Win Their First, Win At Home Against The Thunder, 107-92

The Los Angeles Clippers earned their first victory of the season by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 107-92 led by guard Eric Gordon.

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Clippers Earn Their First Victory Of The Season Against The Thunder, 107-92

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers' young core looked impressive against last year's surprise team, Oklahoma City, as Eric Gordon led the way with 27 points in an emphatic 107-92 decision over the Thunder.

The outcome gave Vinny Del Negro his first win as Clippers head coach after an 0-4 start. Blake Griffin chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds and fellow rookie Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points and dished out eight assists.

Los Angeles held the Thunder to 37.8 percent shooting and a 4-of-26 showing from behind the arc. Kevin Durant was held in check, missing all 10 of his three-point attempts en route to a pedestrian 16-point night.

Jeff Green had a team-high 19 points to go with nine boards for Oklahoma City, which dropped a 120-99 decision against Utah on Sunday.

The Thunder started slow in that loss and again came out sluggish against the Clippers, trailing 53-43 at halftime.

The hosts continued to clamp down defensively, and three-pointers from Bledsoe and Gordon with eight minutes left resulted in a 63-48 game. The lead expanded to 73-52 on a Ryan Gomes make from long range 3 1/2 minutes later.

The Clippers made just one field goal the rest of the third quarter, but Griffin's three-point play in the final minute had them on top, 80-66, with 12 minutes remaining.

The Thunder surprisingly never made a run in the fourth, as LA's 9-2 run to start the frame, capped by consecutive Gordon buckets, made it 89-68. The rout was on from there.

LA scored the final six points of the first quarter, with Rasual Butler putting in back-to-back layups for a 27-21 cushion.

Al-Farouq Aminu's three-pointer four minutes into the second pushed the margin to 36-23, and the halftime margin remained double digits.

Game Notes

The Clippers won despite point guard Baron Davis missing a second straight game with a sore left knee...Gomes ended with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 52.5 percent from the field and 8-of-16 from three- point range...Russell Westbrook had 16 points and six assists for the Thunder, who got 14 points from Serge Ibaka...The Clippers had lost three straight home games to the Thunder.


Clippers Vs. Thunder: Pregame Notes & Lineups

The Los Angeles Clippers are still searching for their first win of the season, but face a tough test as the Oklahoma City Thunder come to Staples Center tonight. The road team has won the last four meetings between the two teams, and seven of the last eight matchups. The NBA league-leading scorer is Kevin Durant, who is averaging 29.3 points per game this season through three games.

The Clippers are 0-4, losing their last game Monday night to San Antonio. Oklahoma City won their first two games of the season, but got blasted 120-99 Sunday at home to the Utah Jazz. Here's a look at the probable lineups for tonight's contest:


Point Guard: Russell Westbrook

Shooting Guard: Thabo Sefolosha

Small Forward: Kevin Durant

Power Forward: Jeff Green

Center: Nenad Krstic

Nick Collison is out with a lower leg stress reaction


Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe

Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon

Small Forward: Ryan Gomes

Power Forward: Blake Griffin

Center: Chris Kaman

Baron Davis is expected to be out with a sore left knee, but is listed as day-to-day. Randy Foye is out with a strained left hamstring.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m PDT game is televised on Prime Ticket.

For more Clippers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.


Clippers Host Thunder To End Homestand At Staples Center

(Sports Network) - Still searching for the first win under head coach Vinny Del Negro, the Los Angeles Clippers will close out a three-game homestand Wednesday versus the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center.

Del Negro took over in the offseason and the Clippers are 0-4 so far, matching their start from last season. Los Angeles dropped its first six contests of the 2008-09 season and is coming off Monday's 97-88 setback to the San Antonio Spurs.

Eric Gordon had 23 points and 11 assists, while Chris Kaman had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who suffered their 17th straight loss to the Spurs and will begin a four-game road trip after tonight's tilt.

"If we can focus on defense, that will lead to good offense," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We did that in the first half. In the second half, we were stagnant with not enough movement."

On the injury front for the Clips, guard Baron Davis is listed as doubtful for tonight's game with a sore left knee. Davis did not play against the Spurs after starting the first three games of the 2010-11 campaign.

Meanwhile, the Thunder will play the next two games on the road at LA and Portland, and are 2-1 on the season. They had a two-game winning streak stopped with Sunday's 120-99 setback versus Utah at home, as Kevin Durant did his best with 28 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in 22.

"I'd rather this happen early than late. It's a lesson learned," Durant said of the loss.

Jeff Green ended with 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which shot just 40 percent from the field.

The Thunder won two of three matchups with the Clippers last season, but LA is 12-7 in the previous 19 meetings with the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise.

For more Clippers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.

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