I can guarantee most of the east coast went to bed assuming the Thunder were going to beat the Clippers since they were up by 22 points. I would assume just about everybody assumed that…with the exception of Jamal Crawford.
“Our intensity was key,” Paul said after the Clippers outscored the Thunder 35-13 in the 4th quarter of the 103-98 comeback win. “The defense picked up in the second half. I was out to start the fourth quarter, and Jamal Crawford looked at me and said: ‘We are going to get us back in this thing by the time you guys get back in.’ I don’t know if he’s a fortune teller, but he did it.”
In the final 7 and half minutes, the Clippers outscored the Thunder 26-5 while only allowing them to make 1 field goal.
“I’m not taking anything away from L.A.,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Obviously, they had to make the plays to get back in it. But did we beat ourselves, or did they beat us? The biggest decision that we have to make collectively, from an accountability standpoint, is that there’s got to be a whole level of sacrifice by everybody.”
CP3 VS BEASTBROOK
Chris Paul: 21pts, 13asts, 4rebs, 1stl (8-17 fg, 1-4 3pt, 4-4 ft)
Russell Westbrook: 24pts, 12asts, 6rebs, 1stl (8-21 fg, 2-7 3pt, 6-6 ft)