PAUL George got hot from deep and Russell Westbrook was an all-around force anew in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a come-from-behind 127-117 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Staples Center.
George led all scorers with 31 points, hitting 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, as all OKC starters finished in double figures. Westbrook had his 13th triple-double this season with 29 markers, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Carmelo Anthony scored 22.
Trailing by 13 in the second quarter, the Thunder came roaring back to tie the game at 64 heading into the second half. A 13-4 blitz in the third period even gave OKC an 8-point lead, 82-74, near the midway mark before the Clippers mounted their own comeback to keep the game close after three quarters.
But the Thunder began to pull away with a furious start in the fourth with a 12-3 run, leading by 10, 110-100, with 5:49 left.
The Clippers could only come as close as seven the rest of the way as the Thunder won their second straight game to improve to 22-17.
DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers, who had their four-game win run snapped to fall to 17-20, with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Lou Williams scored 26 as well off the bench while Blake Griffin added 24 markers.