Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka were the key contributors for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their 105-91 home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Durant notched 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting, dished out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds on Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the Thunder, who scored 58 points in the paint compared to 32 for the Clippers.
Oklahoma City overcame an off night from star point guard Russell Westbrook, who scored just 12 points and handed out five assists, to win the battle of Western Conference contenders.
Ibaka picked up some of the slack by scoring 17 points in 31 minutes, hauling down five rebounds and blocking three shots.
The Thunder's defense also played a key role in the victory, holding the Clippers to just 41 percent shooting overall and 29 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Oklahoma City also outrebounded Los Angeles 49-41.
Blake Griffin scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a losing effort for the Clippers, recording his 10th double-double in his last 12 games and 100th of his career.
Point guard Chris Paul scored 17 points and 12 assists and reserve guard Jamal Crawford added 18.
The Thunder improved their record to 8-3, while the Clippers fell to 8-5.
In one other NBA game Thursday night, the Denver Nuggets improved to 5-6 with a 97-87 win over the Chicago Bulls, whose record dropped to 6-4. EFE