Clippers Blown Out By Thunder In Blake Griffin's Return To Oklahoma

The Clippers and Thunder have split two meetings this season, with each team winning on its home floor.

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Clippers Blown Out In Oklahoma City, 111-88

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Jeff Green scored 22 points, Kevin Durant had 21 and the Thunder spoiled Blake Griffin's pro debut in Oklahoma City with a 111-88 victory over the Clippers. Griffin, three days after jumping over a car to win the dunk contest, played in his hometown for the first time since leaving after two years at Oklahoma and led Los Angeles with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

But the Clippers continued a slide that began before the All-Star break, falling to 2-7 on a 10-game road trip and losing for the first time in four all-time trips to Oklahoma City. The Thunder, meanwhile, moved to 6-2 in their last eight games after leading by as many as 26 points in this one. Griffin, a prep star at Oklahoma Christian School and national player of the year for the Sooners, shot 9-of-15 from the field and was two assists shy of a triple-double.

The Rookie of the Year favorite scored 12 of his 28 points in the first quarter, helping the Clippers to a 23-23 tie heading into the second. But Griffin scored just three more points before halftime as Oklahoma City took control of the game with a big run before the break. Starting center Nenad Krstic scored all five of his points during an 18-2 run that snapped a tie and gave the Thunder a 62-46 halftime lead. Durant and Green added four points apiece in the burst and Daequan Cook capped it with a three-pointer.

The Thunder's lead dipped below 10 points just once in the second half -- it was at nine late in the third quarter. But they carried a 78-67 edge into the fourth and opened the period with a 10-0 burst to pull away. The Clippers will visit New Orleans on Wednesday and will also be the road team for an 11th straight game when they return to LA top play the Lakers on Friday -- ending a trip that began three weeks ago.

Before Tuesday, the Clippers -- never known for their strong play on the road -- were one of only two teams that were unbeaten in Oklahoma City. Now, 3-0 Boston remains as the only undefeated visitor since the team moved from Seattle before the 2008-09 season. The Thunder are headed on the road to play in San Antonio and Orlando on Wednesday and Friday...Eric Bledsoe scored 13 points for the Clippers while Randy Foye and Al-Farouq Aminu had 12 apiece...James Harden scored 19 off the bench for Oklahoma City.

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Clippers Vs. Thunder: Time, Broadcast Info, Lineups & Game Preview

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their road trip tonight in Oklahoma City to face Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder. Tonight is the first professional game in Oklahoma for Blake Griffin, who starred at the University of Oklahoma. Here are the pertinent details of tonight's game:

Teams: Clippers (21-35) vs. Thunder (35-19)

Location: Oklahoma City Arena

Time: 5 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket

Streaks: Clippers (won 1); Thunder (won 1)

Last 10 Games: Clippers (3-7); Thunder (7-3)

Thunder Leading Scorer: Kevin Durant, 28.9 points per game (leads NBA)

Thunder Leading Rebounder: Durant, 7.0 boards per game

Thunder Leading Assist Man: Russell Westbrook, 8.6 assists per contest (8th in the NBA)

Probable Starting Lineups:



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Blake Griffin Returns To Oklahoma As Clippers Face Kevin Durant & The Thunder

Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers begin their post All-Star Game stretch as they ended just before the break: on the road. The Clippers play their ninth straight road game tonight, as they travel to face Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the transparently named Oklahoma City Arena. Tonight marks the first professional game in the state of Oklahoma for Griffin, who starred for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Though they ended their trip with a win in Minnesota, the Clippers limped into the All-Star break with a 2-6 road trip, including three successive losses against the struggling Cavaliers, Raptors, and Bucks. The Clippers are 5-21 on the road this season, and are just 2-10 on the road this calendar year. Oklahoma City is 19-8 at home this season. The Clippers beat the Thunder 107-92 at Staples Center on November 3.

Griffin is averaging 21.5 points and 11.6 rebounds through the first eight games of this 11-game road trip, while shooting 46.5% from the field. Tonight is the first of two road games on back-to-back road games for the Clippers, who return home Friday. Eric Gordon did not accompany the team on this short two-game trip, as he is receiving treatment for his injured right wrist.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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