It was always going to be difficult for last night’s TNT games to live up to the brilliance we witnessed last week, but if any game had the chance to do it, it was the night’s opener between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook. Chris Paul. Blake Griffin. Primetime game on TNT. It had all the aspects you need to get a memorable game. But unfortunately, it turned out to be rather forgettable.
When Kevin Durant hit a mid-range jumper just over a minute into the game to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead, the game – though no one knew it yet – was over. The Thunder held on to that lead the whole way, eventually claiming a 105-91 victory. Durant was spectacular, finishing with 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. One of those assists – which came early on in the 1st quarter – was good enough for Pass of the Night.
Durant got the ball in the left corner, and began to drive towards the basket. Jared Dudley provided pretty solid defense, sticking close as Durant forced his way into the paint. As Durant gathered the ball and left his feet, DeAndre Jordan arrived to provide help defense. It looked like the two Clippers had done enough to force either a bad shot or a turnover, but the Thunder superstar instead slipped a pass over to Kendrick Perkins for a dunk.
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