Clippers Vs. Thunder Official Game Thread 2013-11-21

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By JEFF BARTL

Posted Nov 21 2013 12:18AM

Chris Paul has been quite impressive during his record-setting double-double streak, most recently using a late scoring surge to help the Los Angeles Clippers earn another victory.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been winning lately, too, though it hasn't come as easily as they would like.

Paul looks to help guide the Clippers to their second victory over the Thunder in eight days when the teams meet Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

Los Angeles (8-4) has won five of six after Paul scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter - 12 in the final 3:41 - of Wednesday's 102-98 win at Minnesota. He also added 11 assists to set an NBA record with 12 straight double-doubles to start a season.

Blake Griffin extended his own double-double streak to five with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

"It's just cool to see the ball go through the net," Paul said. "I'll take it whenever. Fourth quarter is winning time and we're all competitive, but as the leader of the team, me and Blake, we know that's when it's time to win."

Paul, who is averaging 19.5 points and a league-best 12.5 assists, surpassed Magic Johnson's mark of 11 straight double-doubles to begin the 1990-91 season.

"It's huge man. Magic is a mentor of mine, somebody I look up to," Paul said. "His basketball production was unbelievable so be mentioned in anything with him is huge and an honor."

Paul had 14 points and 16 assists in a 111-103 home win over the Thunder on Nov. 13 as the Clippers ended a three-game skid in the series. Oklahoma City lost the next night at Golden State after a fourth-quarter rally fell short, and it needed to come on strong late to win its next two contests.

Kevin Durant scored 38 points and Russell Westbrook had 30 and 12 rebounds as the Thunder (7-3) overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Denver 115-113 on Monday.

"It's tough. We can't continue to (fall behind) and put pressure on ourselves," Westbrook said. "We've got to start the game better."

Coach Scott Brooks has been proud of his team's effort, but he agrees with his star point guard that Oklahoma City needs to be consistent throughout the game.

"We're going to keep fighting to the last possession," Brooks said. "That's always been a trademark, but we can't just turn it on the second half. We have to correct that. It's my job to find combinations where guys are going to play with more defensive force."

Stopping Paul will be a challenge, and Brooks is hoping his team is up for it.

"We want to have better focus on guarding the ball and staying in front of the ball by putting pressure on the ball and making him feel you on the defensive end," Brooks told the team's official website. "When we do that, our activity and our length and our athleticism can really help our defense."

The Thunder started strong and led the Clippers by nine at halftime in the most recent meeting, but they were outscored 30-16 in the third quarter and couldn't recover.

Durant, who is averaging 33.8 points in his last four against Los Angeles, finished that contest with 33 points and 10 assists, while Westbrook matched Durant's assist total and added 19 points.

Griffin had 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

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clipperAndrew
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we call this little dousy a "statement game."

Silasie
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No Matt if trouble starts.

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I hope Blake gets to guard KD in the 2nd half, especially w/o Matt.

I also believe that Perkins being in the starting lineup helps us, I hope he gets a lot of minutes!

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Not sure what to expect tonight. If CP3 is back out of his shooting slump, it definitely makes things interesting! Hopefully, BG coming home allows for a big game. JJ's had 2 bad shooting games in a row. I would expect him to do better tonight, but with it being back-to-back and the defense he'll see...I don't have much expectation for him to have a big game. Hopefully just the attention paid to him by their defense will help. Maybe Jamal will get on a hot streak. DJ will be up against Perkins, who really should be no threat, so a big game by DJ would be awfully nice!

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Well lets hope both JJ and Chris have a good shooting night cos then they won't know who to get Thabo to mark.

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I just read in the local paper that Matt Barnes will be out indefinitely. There is swelling in his retina and there are concerns that it could be either torn or detached. Oh man. Poor Matt. I hope the swelling goes down and he won't have any complications.

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http://instagram.com/p/g_POATxh26/

I LOVE THIS

JahvonTheClip
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So many assists

cleepers
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F*cking dirty-arse Randolph!

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I hope Blake can prove his game tonight, or else people will just assume he gets beat on without people like Barnes standing up for him

ClipperKyle32
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@andrewthehan: Through 12 games last season: LAC's starters were -2.2 in net rating and played 185 minutes together. This season: +11.5 and 213 minutes.

NICEEEE

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Dam that sucks. Feel bad for Matt. I hope he gets better and not just because he is a key component of our team. Retina damage is no joke.

This means Bullock will get minutes. Good luck to the rook. It won't be easy since we will be facing difficult teams.

ClipperKyle32
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He tore his retina just had eye surgery go look at his post on Instagram! Should be back soon

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^ Man this just hasn't been Matt's year..

CP3Heliflopter
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Makes me wish to see the Clippers utterly destroy and humiliate the Griz in the playoffs so much but I don't want to face those dirty *******. They will definitely try to injure our players.

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So relieved to know Matt got his retina problem taken care of. I hope he returns soon better than ever. Clips sure need him.

Clipperfn4lf
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As in a minimum of 2 weeks

ClipperKyle32
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CRAAAPPPPP!!! I a, going to have to find a stream somewhere! I DO NOT THINK I WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE CHUCK FOR A WHOLE GAME!!!! AND I AM ALREADY TIRED OF KENNY SMITH

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Looks like Reggie's going to be thrown into fire.

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Well,fat boy Charles is doing the game on TNT,time to turn down the volume and listen to the radio

ClippersDA
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Can someone please post some Barkley gems for those of us unable to watch?

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Lol at Kenny Smith pretending to know what he is talking about.

JahvonTheClip
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How much do you want to bet that whenever Blake does something good or great even, Chuck will chastise him?

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Yup,this is your golden opportunity to turn the sound down and announce the game yourself. See how well you can do! At least we in LA can get the radio.

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He is the biggest POS in the NBA

ClippersDA
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I honestly think we might be the most hated team in the league, the narrative from both opposing fans and talking heads is hat we are overrated. 12 games in lol

clipperboy24
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The best thing that could have happened to him. Wish Matt the best we need him getting the minutes and not Jared... IMO of course Smile

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f***** great. We got fatfuck Barkley in the booth.

ClippersDA
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I can't watch game, but it's prettying crAzy that TNT can't start remotely on time.

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IT would say probably ,from fans point of view,us or Memphis. For the talking heads of the media,us for sure.

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Gonna be a very long night, and eff you Barkley

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I don't feel like this is a must-win game. Back end of a back-to-back.

ClipperPostman
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Wow who's idea was it to put chuck on the floor. Bad enough having to hear his mouth at halftime.

JahvonTheClip
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Maybe shoulda called that timeout a little earlier

ClippersDA
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Has he game really not started? Wth?

ClippersDA
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I'm so confused. Has the game started? Score card not up yet.

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Well by the looks of it,one team has started and one is still going through their warmups.

ClippersDA
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I am so mad that espn is t showing the score!

ClipperPostman
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Jordan has been showing some pretty nice post moves. want to see him get it more.

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I'm not watching but just once I want to give Barkley a reason to shut his pie hole.

tense2
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Good luck with that.

JahvonTheClip
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With his big body and long arm he should be fed down there more. He could really dominate people

tense2
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Reggie, Reggie, Reggie..

ClippersDA
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Based on the play by play looks like secant get astop

ClippersDA
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We can't get a stop.

JahvonTheClip
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Blake didn't get fouled on that dunk? I bet if KD missed it would be 2 fts

ClipperKyle32
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THIS IS THE BENCHES GAME

ClipperPostman
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Crawford is keeping us in the game.

Reggie is looking good. Too bad he is sticking Durant so it's going

to be hard to shine on D.

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TNT...says 5:00...tip-off not til 5:20.

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