By: Myron Patton, FOX 25 Sports Director - bio | email
OKLAHOMA CITY -
Sunday the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Los Angeles Clippers when they blew a 16 point lead with nine minutes left in the game. Tuesday it was the Clippers who blew a 13 point lead with just over three minutes left on the clock. The final this time was 105-104 Oklahoma wins to take a 3-2 series lead. The Clippers led this one pretty much the entire game with Oklahoma native Blake Griffin scoring 11 of his 24 points in the first quarter. Griffin also had 17 rebounds to lead all players in that department. The Thunder won the game despite a tough shooting night by Kevin Durant, who was 6-22 for the game for 27 points. Russell Westbrook was the main offensive force in the fourth quarter. He finished with 38 points. The end of the contest was filled with errors by the Clippers down the stretch with Chris Paul turning it over twice in the final seconds and he fouled Russell Westbrook on a three point attempt. The Clippers led at the time by two points. Westbrook hit all three free throws to hand OKC a one point lead with six seconds to play. Paul then lost control of the ball in the lane in the final seconds to hand Oklahoma City the win. The game also had controversial play when Matt Barnes attempted to strip Reggie Jackson, who was trying to hit a layup to tie the game. Replays showed the ball may have been off Jackson. Oklahoma City retained possession, which led to Paul fouling Westbrook on a three point attempt. Game six is Thursday in Los Angeles.