The Clippers snapped the Thunder’s six-game winning streak in Game 1s played at home with an easy win.
Difference-Maker: Chris Paul Clippers point guard Chris Paul had arguably the best game of his NBA career, making 12 of 14 shots, including a career high eight three-pointers (he’d never made more than five in any game.
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He finished with 32 points and 10 assists.
Paul is the first player to have 30 points, 10 assists and shoot 75 percent or better from the field in a playoff game since Michael Jordan for the Chicago Bulls in 1991.
Paul made pull-up jump shots against eight different Thunder defenders in the game.
Paul went 51 for 156 from three-point range in his first 53 games of the season. In the last 17, he is 52 for 102.
Durant and Westbrook can’t get it done Kevin Durant scored 25 points for the Thunder, but the team was outscored by 26 points with him on the floor. The minus-26 was a career postseason worst for him.
Including playoffs, Durant has had a plus/minus of minus-10 or worse 109 times in his career, and the Thunder have lost every single one of those games.
Russell Westbrook finished with 29 points, but they were of little impact.
The Thunder are 0-4 this postseason when Westbrook scores more than 27 points (4-0 with 27 or fewer points).
Thunder don’t play their best defense The Clippers shot 55 percent in the half court in Game 1. The Thunder held opponents to 43 percent shooting in half court situations during the regular season, fourth best in the NBA.