Thunder ended up a four straight loss over Clippers at Staples Center

Posted: 2013/01/23 in News, notebook, notes of the game, recap, Stats
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NOTE BOOK OF THE MATCHUP BETWEEN THE ELITE TWO TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE

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Kevin’s 32  points carried the Thunder over Clippers in the matchup of the West Conference while “supersonic” point guard R. Westbrook added 26 to help the franchise player. Thunder won 109-97 vs Clippers.

The quotation :

“We’ve got 82 games and we want to play well every night,” “We don’t put more emphasis on any one game. We know the Clippers are one of the best teams, and with Chris Paul in or out, they’ve still got a great team.” Thunder coach Scott Brooks stated.

The stat :

The stat of the game was in favor of Thunder’s offense.

Indeed, Thunder did an outstanding job with game changers called triples.

With 15-for-27 from deep , they connected  their best triple since they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.  In their best season , they were 11-for-23 from long-range in their 53 minutes exhausting contest where they finally ran over Clippers 117-111 at home on November 21, 2012.

The player of the night :

In his last contest VS Clippers, Durant poured in 35 units and was pretty clumsy.

He was below  the 40% mark from the field including a bad 2-for-6 from 3’s.

Also , Kevin Durant scored 37 points, making 20-of-21 free throws in this intense duel between the two best Nord-West Division teams.

This night he was terrific and accurate.

He sank 5-for-6 behind the arc whereas he produced a 30% “paper”  in the last game  against Denver  on 1/20/13 at  Pepsi Center .

He dropped a game high with 32 points and reach the first the 1200 points plateau.

Denver scenario was an accident :

The Thunder fell to 10-1 on the season when Durant scores 35-or-more points. It means that Thunder underwent their first loss of the season while KD dropping 35-or-more points.

Denver was at the top his game with 121 points and improved an amazing 16-3 home record with this win vs Thunder.

Durant , with a best focus, was better and scored 32 units whom 24 in the second half to lift his team to collect a big win.

At Staples Center behind a crowd of 19,451  spectators  he showed why he is an elite rare player in the NBA.

He was able to play his best basketball with such an unusual capacity to drop shoots after shoots without feeling shaking hands.

Durant’s big production since the new year :

In January he is producing an elite 32.3 points per game. Behind this constant prolific production Durant is the first player to reach the 1200 points plateau.

Now, he is 1241 points outpacing Kobe Bryant who is under 1200 with 1199. He’s on the top with 29.5 ppg.

During this span, Durant tailed a career-best 52 points during the Thunder’s victory over Dallas on Jan. 18 where he likes shinning !

In the game, Durant went a perfect 21-of-21 from the free throw line (tied for second best free throw shooting performance in NBA history; Dominique Wilkins went 23-of-23 in 1992) The “ highlight machine man “ made his reputation by his capacity to rise above the rim, but was an elite accurate  player in free throw line.

Kevin Durant increased his production to finally surpass Kobe Bryant thanks to a good January month.

By Month

GP

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

PF

TO

PTS

November

17

39.4

8.6-16.8

.510

1.5-3.5

.433

7.8-8.8

.893

1.6

3.5

26.5

December

13

39.8

10.1-19.5

.516

1.9-4.6

.417

8.9-9.7

.921

2.3

3.1

31.0

January

12

40.0

10.5-19.8

.532

2.7-6.6

.405

8.6-9.3

.920

2.1

3.1

32.3

Pre All-Star

42

39.7

9.6-18.5

.519

2.0-4.7

.417

8.4-9.2

.910

2.0

3.3

29.5

Kevin Durant wants to pull down a championship trophy and hope to win a four straight  scoring title to stun other competitors and legends to force admiration in the pursuit of the happiness.

This matchup between the league’s two best teams was highlighted by the tough duel between the two best scorers in the game called B.Griffin and K.Durant.

A duel between B.Griffin and K.Durant :

In this game, B Griffin exploded for 31 points, and was shortly outdueled by K.Durant who collected 32 points .

Audience and broadcasters would keep in mind that Thunder is better than Clippers this  regular season. Postseason remains an other business for Viny Del Negro and his duds.

The  great absent of the game :

Chris Paul missed the game due to a painful bruised right kneecap. We hope to see him running the floor very soon.  If Chris Paul has played this game , we would have seen another story ! Don’t you think ? In my eyes, the doubt does not exist !

Chemistry I ask ! :

Sharing the ball was the biggest issue of the home team this night. Chris Paul is the top player in assists for Clippers.

Indeed , Clippers , the home team  , were unselfish with ball, they were outscored by 9 dimes , finishing with only 15 , not enough to matchup marvelous Thunder.

Kevin Durant and Co finished the game with 24 assists enough to make the difference and create easy baskets to take the lead.

A fever third quarter for visitors :

Thunder found their path in the third quarter outscoring Clippers by 10 scoring a  quarter high of 33 units to destroy the Clippers fighting spirit. They made the difference in this act.

Notable :

Thunder skillfully succeeded  to hold famished Clippers under 100 points.

Thunder are now 29-2 when they scored 100 points or more.

Thunder are 33-9 and remains the only team in the NBA under 10 losses. And the worst is Cavs which underwent 32 defeats.

Now , Thunder tied San Antonio  with 33 wins.

Moreover, Thunder are 18-7 against teams collecting more victories than losses.

A key stat to show how Thunder is playing  focusing games against the best teams in the league.

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