NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder prove to be too strong for Los Angeles Clippers
Last Updated: 28/01/13 12:42pm
Kevin Durant: Scored 32 points to help the Thunder see off the Clippers
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both shone as the Oklahoma City Thunder claimed a comfortable 109-97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their Western Conference showdown on Tuesday.
The Thunder and Clippers, leaders of the Northwest and Pacific divisions respectively, went head-to-head at the Staples Center in a highly-anticipated match-up.
And it was the visitors who came out on top, Durant scoring 32 points and Westbrook 26 as Oklahoma City improved to 33-9, the best record in the NBA.
Blake Griffin racked up 31 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who had to cope without star point guard Chris Paul.
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"My shots were falling and my team mates were getting offensive rebounds and kicking it out for (three-pointers). When we're driving and kicking, we're pretty good," Durant said.
Elsewhere, Ersan Ilyasova played a starring role with 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-102 at home.
Kyrie Irving, the top overall draft pick in 2011, produced a remarkable performance to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-90 win over the Boston Celtics.
The point guard poured in 40 points, 11 of which came in the final two and a half minutes, while Rajon Rondo's double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds was in vain for the Celtics.
The Detroit Pistons comfortably beat the Orlando Magic 105-90 as Brandon Knight scored 18 points.