OKLAHOMA CITY – Chris Paul walked slowly, painfully, down the hallway inside Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday night after the Clippers’ stunning and controversial 105-104 loss to the Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Paul was flanked only by a police officer and a team security guard. His head was low.

A few minutes earlier, after the Clippers lost a seven-point lead with 49.2 seconds left to fall behind in the series three games to two, Paul was asked how his team could respond to such a heart-wrenching defeat.