Stats & Info: Darren Collison

Keys to comeback: Clippers 101, Thunder 99

May, 11, 2014
May 11

The Clippers were the longest of longshots to win on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Clippers staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in NBA playoff history, coming back from a 29-7 deficit and a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 101-99, and even their series, 2-2.

The Clippers have been involved in each of the three comebacks from 20-point deficits in postseason play and have won two of them.

The Spurs have the other win-- they rallied to beat the Clippers in 2012.

The final quarter
The Clippers trailed by 12 points at the start of the fourth quarter but outscored the Thunder by 14 to win. How did they do it?

They made as many shots in the restricted area in the fourth quarter (12 out of 14 attempts) as they did in the first three (12 of 25).

Instead of settling for jump shots, they attacked the lane in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points on drives and an additional 14 in transition.

Blake Griffin replaced DeAndre Jordan with 8:44 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Clippers down by 14 points, joining Chris Paul, Darren Collison, Jamal Crawford and Danny Granger. During that time, the Clippers scored 33 points, shot 12 of 15 and outscored the Thunder by 16 points.

To try to combat this, the Thunder also went with a small lineup of Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson, Caron Butler, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. In the 5:47 they were on the court together, they were outscored 21-8, shooting 2 of 7 and committing three turnovers.

Durant scored five points in the fourth when guarded by Chris Paul, but also had three of his eight turnovers as the Clippers mounted their comeback.

Paint, bench scoring key
The Clippers outscored the Thunder 52 to 32 in the paint. The 20-point differential was the biggest of the series.

The Clippers' bench scored 40 points, the most it has scored in the series.

Clippers reserve Darren Collison scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. The 18 points was his second-highest total of postseason career.

Another way in which this was an unlikely win
The Clippers won despite making only 3 of 21 three-point shots.

In the last 25 seasons, teams that shot less than 14.5 percent from three-point range have won only three of 19 games.

The final shot
Westbrook missed the game-winning three-point attempt as time expired in Game 4.

Should Durant have had the ball in his hands in the final seconds?

Westbrook is now 1 for 8 on game-tying/go-ahead shots in the final 24 seconds of playoff games, while Durant is 5 of 15 on those shots.

Kevin Durant had one touch in the final 90 seconds of the game.

He had the ball for a total of one second in the final 90 seconds -- he was double-teamed as soon as he caught it and passed it right back out.

US PresswireChris Paul (right) and Blake Griffin led the Clippers to an historic blowout of the Lakers.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 142-94 on Thursday, a blowout of historic proportions. Let’s not waste any time breaking it down.

• It’s the largest win in Clippers franchise history and the largest loss in Lakers history.

• It’s the most points the Clippers have ever scored against the Lakers, and it’s the most points they’ve ever scored in a road game (it was in their home arena, but the Clippers were the road team).

• It’s the most points the Clippers scored since March 13, 1998, a 152-120 win against the Toronto Raptors.

• The Clippers’ four largest wins since moving to Los Angeles in 1984-85 have come this season, and two of them have been against the Lakers.

• The Clippers’ starters outscored the Lakers’ starters, 88-51, and none of them played in the fourth quarter (it was 88-39 through three quarters).

• The Clippers had three reserves score in double digits (not to mention all five starters), as many as the Lakers had altogether.

• The Clippers outscored the Lakers 44-13 in the second quarter and outrebounded the home team 22-5. Darren Collison outscored the Lakers by himself in that quarter, 14-13.

His 14 points in the quarter are more than he’s scored in 45 games this season.

• The Clippers have won six straight games, the longest active win streak in the NBA.
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Josh Hamilton
1. HAMILTON MAKES HISTORY: Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game on Tuesday night in Baltimore. He is the sixth player in American League history to do it, and the first since Carlos Delgado in 2003.

2. VERY RARE OCCASION: This is the first time in major league history that a pitcher has thrown a perfect game and a hitter has hit four home runs in a game in the same season. Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game earlier this season.

3. ANOTHER RECORD FOR HAMILTON: Hamilton's 18 total bases are an AL record, one shy of Shawn Green's MLB record of 19 in his four-homer game on May 23, 2002. The previous AL record was 16, done eight times.

4. COLLISON HELPS PACERS ADVANCE: The Indiana Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a win over the Orlando Magic. It is Indiana's first series win since the First Round in 2005 versus the Boston Celtics. FROM ELIAS: Darren Collison (23 assists, one turnover in series) is the first player in 22 years to have at least 20 assists and one or fewer turnovers in a playoff series. John Paxson did it for the Chicago Bulls in 1990.

5. THREE NBA TEAMS STILL FIGHTING: The Pacers were able to advance, but the Los Angeles Lakers, Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers were unable to close out their respective series, as each team lost its Game Five and must play on in the First Round. FROM ELIAS: This is the first time three teams avoided elimination on the same day since April 30, 2003. The Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers all won Game Fives on that date - only the Pistons used the momentum to come back to win the series (beat Magic in seven games).

6. DEVILS ADVANCE DESPITE ODD TREND: FROM ELIAS: The New Jersey Devils lost the opener of their conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers, then won the next four games. Even though Philadelphia scored the first goal in each game, New Jersey is the fourth team in NHL history to win four games in which their opponent scored the first goal in one series. Also, the Devils are the first team to do that in four consecutive games in one series. The other clubs with four such wins one series were the 1956 Detroit Red Wings (vs Toronto Maple Leafs), 1991 Edmonton Oilers (vs Calgary Flames) and 1995 Red Wings (vs Chicago Blackhawks).