Game Recap: Thunder 111, Clippers 88

News and notes from the Thunder’s 111-88 win over the Clippers:

  • Thunder fans gave a rousing welcome to Oklahoma City native and former Sooner standout Blake Griffin when he was introduced, then he was treated about like any other opposing star player. A few oohs and aahs for great plays, but a lot of boos when fans thought he had delivered a hard foul on a Thunder player.

  • The Thunder had won in “blowout” fashion only five times through January. Now, it has been cruising in the fourth quarter in three of its last four wins -- 121-105 at Utah, 126-96 over the Kings right before the All-Star break and then Tuesday’s thrashing of the Clippers.

  • Thunder Coach Scott Brooks wasn’t sure how his guys would respond after the long layoff, but an energetic practice Monday night assured him things would be good. Oklahoma City committed just seven turnovers against the Clippers.

    “I expected to see a lot of turnovers Monday night in our practice, but we took good care of the ball then and that carried over to tonight’s game,” Brooks said.

  • Coach Brooks was able to play all 12 players and all 12 scored. The bench contributed 44 points; James Harden led the way with 19.

    “Everybody chipped in and helped us win this game tonight,” Brooks said. “Our bench was great tonight.”

  • Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 8-for-21 shooting, but he did a lot of other things on the floor.

    “I obviously did not have a great night,” Durant said, “but we made enough shots and focused on other aspects of the game.”

    “KD did not have a good shooting night but he was rebounding and defending well,” Brooks said. “He did the other things that helped us win.”

  • Rookie center Cole Aldrich saw his first playing time in several weeks and he had a good night. He just scored two points but he grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot.

    “Cole did a great job tonight,” Brooks said. “He’s practiced well and he’s earned the right to dress and to play. He’s had a great month in Tulsa and I just thought it was time.”


STATS WORTH REPEATING
The Thunder was strong again from the free-throw line, going 28-for-32 (87.5 percent). The Clippers were just 17-for-29 (58.6 percent).

The end of the first half and the beginning of the fourth quarter were the keys to the win. Over the last four minutes of the first half, Oklahoma City outscored LA, 18-2. The Thunder was 4-for-5 from the field and 9-for-9 at the line. The Clippers were 1-for-7 from the field and did not attempt a free throw. Then to start the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City went on a 10-0 run that extended out to 20-7 to put the game away.

UP NEXT
Oklahoma City plays the second game of a back-to-back Wednesday night at San Antonio. Tip-off is 6 p.m. Central on Fox Sports Oklahoma and the Thunder Radio Network.