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Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calf.) -- Kevin Durant made just one of his first seven shots but turned in another MVP performance to lift Oklahoma City past Los Angeles, 104-98, to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Durant had 39 points and 16 rebounds in Game Six to finish out the series with the Clippers while Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 12 assists.

The Thunder had to mount another double-digit comeback, trailing by sixteen early in the second quarter. Durant would connect on three straight 3-point shots to bring Oklahoma City to within five 41-36 with 4:27 remaining in the first half before trailing by eight heading into the locker room. The league's Most Valuable Player finished the game going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.

At the beginning of the third, Los Angeles seemed to have the edge and kept the Thunder at arm's length. A J.J. Redick basket gave the Clippers a 62-54 advantage with under six minutes to play in the frame, but Oklahoma City went on another run behind strong defense and better shooting. Nick Collison's three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 72-72 heading into the fourth.

Both teams trading buckets to open the period with Chris Paul knotting the game at 80 apiece four minutes in. However, the next two minutes belonged to Oklahoma City as the Thunder scored 10 straight points to seize control. Los Angeles got as close as six the rest of the way, but Oklahoma City hit their free throws down the stretch to ensure the win.

The Thunder were 29-of-33 (87.9%) from the charity stripe while Los Angeles was just 12-for-20 (60%). Meanwhile, Oklahoma City's defense held the hot-shooting Clippers to just 6-of-21 from downtown. Paul had 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers to pace the offense. Teammate Blake Griffin fouled out after scoring 22 points and picking up eight rebounds to go along with eight assists. 

Los Angeles must now face a difficult offseason following the racist comments from owner Donald Sterling, as well as two epic collapses in their final two games of the season. Oklahoma City will move on to face San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals beginning Monday night in Texas.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinal: Indiana Pacers 93 - Washington Wizards 80 (Pacers win series, 4-2)

Western Conference Semifinal: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 - Los Angeles Clippers 98 (Thunder win series, 4-2)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (18-20) - San Diego Padres 0 (19-22) - Game 1

San Diego Padres 6 (20-22) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (18-21) - Game 2

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (26-15) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-23)

Minnesota Twins 4 (19-20) - Boston Red Sox 3 (20-20) - 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (21-20) - Chicago Cubs 3 (13-26)

New York Yankees 1 (21-19) - New York Mets 0 (19-21)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (21-21) - Cleveland Indians 2 (19-22)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (21-18) - Kansas City Royals 1 (20-20)

San Francisco Giants 6 (27-15) - Miami Marlins 4 (21-21)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (21-18) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (18-23)

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Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) --  Russell Westbrook scored 38 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final minute to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Chris Paul fouled Westbrook on a 3-point attempt with 6.4 seconds remaining.  The Thunder guard calmly sank all three free throws to put his team ahead to stay.

"I think when you get a win like this it brings everybody closer," Westbrook said. "It lets you know you can't mess around. You have to take every moment, every play and go out and win the game."

Kevin Durant sank a three-pointer and converted a layup to bring the Thunder within two points with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball from Paul on the next possession. The Clippers believed the ball went off Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, but after a review, the officials awarded the ball to the Thunder.

"Everybody knows it was our ball," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "The bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Let's take away the replay. We were robbed. It was our ball, whether it was a foul or not."

The Clippers got the ball with 6.4 seconds remaining and a chance to win the game, but Paul had the ball stolen from him yet again as time expired.

The Thunder can clinch the series with a win on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers 101 - Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Series tied, 2-2) Indiana Pacers 95 - Washington Wizards 92 (Pacers lead series, 3-1) NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers 3 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Series t...

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99

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Durant and Westbrook Combine for 63 as Thunder Roll Over Clippers

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Paul, Clippers Cruise to Game One Win

Paul, Clippers Cruise to Game One WinRonald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- Chris Paul hit a career high eight 3-pointers as the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 122-105 win over Oklahoma City on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Paul finished wi...

Westbrook’s Triple-Double Sends Thunder into 2nd Round

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/3/14

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Grizzlies’ Randolph Suspended for Decisive Game 7

Grizzlies’ Randolph Suspended for Decisive Game 7Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Memphis forward Zach Randolph has been suspended for the Grizzlies' Game 7 meeting with Oklahoma City on Saturday. The punishment handed down by the NBA on Friday comes after Randolph punched Thunder center Steven ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/1/14

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Grizzlies Edge Thunder 100-99; Take 3-2 Series Lead

Grizzlies Edge Thunder 100-99; Take 3-2 Series LeadRonald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) --  Another day, another overtime playoff game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder. With 2.9 seconds remaining in overtime, Kevin Durant missed a long three-point attempt that wou...

Scoreboard Roundup 4-29-14

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Jackson Leads Thunder Past Grizzlies In OT, 92-89

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Memphis Evens Series with Thunder in OT Win

Memphis Evens Series with Thunder in OT WinRonald Martinez/Getty Images (OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- Zach Randolph had 25 points, including the go-ahead bucket in overtime, as Memphis outlasted Oklahoma City for a 111-105 overtime win on Monday night. The victory now evens the series between the t...

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/21/14

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Durant’s 33 Leads OKC past Memphis, 100-86 in Game 1

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/19/14

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Scoreboard Roundup 4/13/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/11/14

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