Clippers Vs. Thunder: LA Wins Western Conference Showdown At Staples Center

The Clippers are 10-2 at home this season.

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Clippers Vs. Thunder: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Have MVP Caliber Night, Win 112-100

The Los Angeles Clippers got to 100 first, and with authority; fulfilling Lawler's Law and winning 112-100. Blake Griffin stole the show, with a dunk over Kendrick Perkins that blew up twitter and will blow up SportsCenter tonight. It's gotten to the point that on one Griffin dunk tonight, Kevin Durant took off in the other direction so as to not get dunked on. Griffin is one of two Clippers currently voted into a starting spot on the soon to be announced All-Star team.

Griffin did better than his season average with 22 points, but only grabbed six rebounds. Chris Paul, Griffin's potential All-Star starter teammate, finished with 26 points (12-16 shooting) and 14 assists, leading both categories for the Clippers. The Clippers are undefeated when Paul scores better than 16 points.

Not that Kevin Durant was held to a quiet night. In a performance that begged Kobe Bryant comparisons, Durant had 36 points and 13 points but didn't have enough of a supporting cast around him to get it done tonight. Which is an odd thing to say when he had a teammate in Russell Westbrook who scored 30+ as well.

Caron Butler lead all scorers most of the way, after breaking the 10,000 point career mark in the first quarter. His All-Star teammates caught up with him as the night went on, as all three Clipper stars finished with better than 20 points. Mo Williams lead bench scorers with 12 points.

The Clippers are in Utah on Wednesday, and then return to Staples Center on Thursday to host the Denver Nuggets. The All-Star lineups will be announced on TNT before that game.

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Blake Griffin Throws Down Monster Dunk As Clippers Lead Big

Blake Griffin just threw down a dunk so hard, my unborn children felt it. If there was any doubt the Clippers are attracting any audience, the reaction on twitter put that to rest. It was called everything from the best dunk of Blake's career to just simply "Oh. My. God". The crowd didn't even yell that loud, in shock over what they just saw. Here's video on youtube, though that will surely we taken down soon.

The gif courtesy of @bubbaprog:

And Deadspin has another look at it. The game continues, but this dunk seems all anyone can talk about it. It challenges some of our vary notions of the laws of physics. It creates a vacuum inside wich only that dunk and Blake Griffin's excess of testosterone can survive.

In a game that will be painted as a statement game for the Clippers, Blake Griffin just made a statement of his own.


Clippers Vs. Thunder: Caron Butler Lead L.A. To Big Lead On West's Best, 64-46

The Los Angeles Clippers have come out and made a definitive statement against the Western Conference's top team, as they lead the Oklahoma City Thunder 64-46. The Thunder have been in town since Saturday, after an 11 point road victory over the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers are 9-2 so far this year at home.

Caron Butler leads all Clipper scorers with 16 points. Butler exceeded the 10,000-point mark in the NBA with 5:43 left in the first quarter, having amassed 11 points. Butler is also one rebound short of five rebounds; the Clippers are 7-2 when Butler pulls down five or more rebounds.

DeAndre Jordan has three blocks and seven rebounds. Coming into tonight's game, Jordan was 2nd in the NBA in blocks averaging 3.06 per game.

Chris Paul is the only player in the NBA averaging 17 points and eight assits. He's already hit the eight assist mark for the evening, and is on his way to 17 with eleven so far. The Clippers are 7-0 when Paul scores more than 16 points, and 1-4 when he doesn't.


Clippers Vs. Thunder Game Preview: Game Time, TV Info And More

Staples Center will be alive Monday night with a battle of first place teams, as the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Clippers host the Northwest Division leading Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City owns the best record in the NBA at 16-3. Here are the relevant details of Monday night's game.

Records: Clippers (11-6); Thunder (16-3)

Location: Staples Center, in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket and NBA TV

Offensive Efficiency: Thunder, 107.9 (second in NBA); Clippers, 106.8 (seventh)

Defensive Efficiency: Thunder, 101.2 (11th); Clippers, 105.2 (25th)

Top Tens: Blake Griffin is currently 10th in the NBA in scoring (21.0 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (11.3 per game), joining Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves as the only two in the top 10 in both categories.

Dynamic Duo: Kevin Durant ranks third in the league in scoring at 26.3 points per game, while Russell Westbrook is 11th in the league at 20.8 points per contest. They are the only two teammates in the league averaging 20 or more points per game.

Terrific Trio: Don't forget James Harden, who is boasting a true shooting percentage of 67.1% this season and has a player efficiency rating (PER) of 23.5, good for ninth in the NBA. The Thunder have three of the top 14 players in the league according to PER: Durant (26.4, third), Harden (23.5, ninth), and Westbrook (22.3, 14th).

Home, Sweet Home: The Clippers are 9-2 at home this season, and 25-7 in their last 32 home games dating back to last season. The last time the Clippers began a season 10-2 at home was the 2005-2006 season, a year in which the Clippers made the playoffs.

Points Guard: From Steve Perrin at Clips Nation: "The Clippers are now 1-4 on the season when [Chris] Paul plays and scores fewer than 16 points. They are 7-0 when he scores more than 16. They are also 3-2 in games he has missed. Simple formula, right? Paul scores, Clippers win."

For more news and notes on the Clippers, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Schedule 2012: Showdown With Oklahoma City Starts Northwestern Divison Gauntlet

The Los Angeles Clippers secured a huge win on Sunday night with their 109-105 comeback triumph in Denver, but they have no time to rest on their laurels as the week ahead provides three worthy challenges in their own right. The Clippers have games this week against the teams with the three best records in the Northwest Division, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz. Here is a look at this week's schedule:

Monday - Oklahoma City Thunder at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket, NBA TV): Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder come to town, winners of four straight games and at 16-3 with the best record in the NBA. Oklahoma City was also off on Saturday and Sunday while the Clippers will be playing the second night of a back-to-back set.

Wednesday - Clippers at Utah Jazz, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, Prime Ticket): By now these numbers don't even seem real, but the Clippers have lost 16 straight and 42 of their last 43 games in Utah, including a 108-79 shellacking by the Jazz on January 17.

Thursday - Denver Nuggets at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (TNT): The Clippers are exclusively on TNT for the second straight week, looking for their second win over the Nuggets in five days.

Saturday - Clippers at Washington Wizards, 4 p.m. (Prime Ticket): The start of the Grammy road trip, a six-game, 10-day affair, begins with a gimme in the nation's capital. The Clippers have struggled on the road, but they should be able to beat a Washington team that begins the week at 4-16.

For more news and notes on the Clippers, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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