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It wasn’t as easy as the 13 point spread suggested it should have been for the Los Angeles Clippers but they were still able to pull out a close 93-90 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in their season opener Thursday night.
The Thunder only suited up 9 players for the game. The most notable player missing was Kevin Durant who is out until early to mid December with a foot injury. It got worse for the Thunder who lost Russell Westbrook to a hand injury after only 8 minutes into the game.
It didn’t look good early for the Clippers how got behind 8 to nothing to start the game. The Clippers got back into the game in the 2nd quarter by outscoring the Thunder 24-13 and taking a 5 point lead into halftime.
The game was choppy and not very fun to watch until the end when the game was still up for grabs. Both teams struggled putting the ball in the basket; the Thunder shot 43.1 percent from the field which was still better than the Clippers 39.1 percent.
“It was pretty ugly,” stated Doc Rivers following the game.
Blake Griffin hit 2 clutch free throws to put the Clippers up by 3 with 5 seconds remaining. Griffin ended the night with a team high 23 points and 7 rebounds. Chris Paul followed Griffin for the scoring lead with 22 points on the night and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 16 points.
The Thunder had a chance to tie the game but Serge Ibaka’s 3 point shot missed as time ran out.
The Thunder were led by Perry Jones who scored a career high 32 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field.
The Clippers get right back to it on Friday when they face their cross town rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, at Staples Center.
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