Clippers down Thunder for seventh win in a row


Clippers down Thunder for seventh win in a row



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Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder center Mike Muscala (33) defends during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) tries to shoot over LA Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) picks up a loose ball as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) falls to the floor during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Theo Maledon (11) tangle up on the baseline during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard George Hill (3) stumbles as he tries to dribble past LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) in the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) dunks for two point during the second quarter agaINST THE against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) shoots over LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) blocks a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) in the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) dunks over Oklahoma City Thunder guard George Hill (3) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) misses blocking a shot by LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) puts up a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) tries for the block during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots past LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) during the second qwuarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault walks on the sideline during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) tries to score past LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) dirge the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) drives to the basket past LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue yells to his team during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue yells to his team during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard George Hill (3) scores past LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) grabs a rebound during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) defends Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) and LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) battle for as rebound during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) grabs a rebound forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves to the basket between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5), Darius Bazley (7) and Isaiah Roby (22) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) scores past LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves to the basket in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City Thunder’s George Hill (3), Isaiah Roby (22), Darius Bazley (7) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) moves to the basket for a shot over the LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski (17) grabs a rebound during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball between Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) directs traffic as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) defends during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) scores past LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Nicolas Batum (33) defend Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5), guard George Hill (3) and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) defends during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) moves the ball past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) moves the ball past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) defends during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard had 34 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers earned their seventh consecutive victory with a 108-100 win over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Serge Ibaka contributed 17 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who defeated the Thunder for the second time in three days.

Reggie Jackson scored 14 points, Paul George chipped in 11 and Ivica Zubac added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their third in a row. George Hill scored 22 points and Hamidou Diallo had 14 points. Isaiah Roby collected 10 points and 10 boards.

A 3-pointer by Hill and a bucket by Gilgeous-Alexander sliced the Clippers’ lead to 102-96 with 1:56 left. However, a dunk by Leonard with 42.5 seconds remaining sealed the win for Los Angeles.

A bucket by Hill pulled Oklahoma City within 72-67 with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter. However, Leonard’s jumper to end the quarter increased the lead to 85-73 heading into the fourth quarter. Leonard scored 11 points in the third.

Like they did in Friday’s win, the Clippers skated to a big lead early. They led by as much as 17 points in the first quarter before the Thunder rallied in the second. A jumper by Darius Bazley cut the deficit to 43-35 with 4:12 left in the first half, but the Clippers pushed the margin to 56-45 at the break.

Both teams struggled on 3-point shooting in the first half. The Thunder made just 2 of 13 compared to 7 of 29 for the Clippers from long distance in the first half. Overall, Los Angeles converted 14 of 46 attempts to 7 of 35 for Oklahoma City.

Patrick Beverley (knee) failed to return for the second half. He finished with seven points in 13 minutes. Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. sat out the contest with an illness.

Thunder center Al Horford (personal reasons) missed his fifth consecutive game.

–Field Level Media


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