Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/13/14
Los Angeles Clippers (57-25) at Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
The series hangs on a knife's edge as the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 tonight.
Kevin Durant poured in 40 points while Russell Westbrook added 27 points and the Thunder jumped out to an early 22-point lead in the first quarter, but it still wasn't enough as the Thunder just couldn't hold off the desperate Clippers looking to avoid a 3-1 series deficit. The problem was that no matter how good you play against the Clippers, you don't win unless you perform for the entire 48 minutes but while the Thunder could do no wrong in the first 40 minutes of the game, the last eight belonged to the Clippers.
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Blake Griffin once again led the scoring with 25 points while Chris Paul added 23 points and 10 assists, but it was actually Darren Collison who turned out being the unlikely hero, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to seal the comeback for the Clippers. As a team, LA totalled just 17 points in the third quarter but were able to explode for 38 in the fourth which is impressive. However, it was really the defense that won them the game. In particular, the surprise tactic to put CP3 on Durant created all sorts of confusion because it really thwarted the Thunder's offensive flow down the stretch. You probably won't see that little strategy anymore, but it certainly played its part in keeping the Clippers alive in this series.
Head to head, the Clippers are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall but a healthy 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Oklahoma City.
If the Clippers lost that game, this series would be a foregone conclusion, but to their credit, CP3 and co have kept their heads above water and levelled the series going back to OKC. Now we've reached the business end of the series and it's so hard to pick a winner, but I think this series is definitely going the distance so I'll take the Thunder tonight and then the Clippers in Game 6.