(LOS ANGELES) — Blake Griffin had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-103 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Griffin was also involved in a first-half scuffle which resulted in two ejections. Teammate Matt Barnes was ejected along with Serge Ibaka of the Thunder. Griffin received a technical foul for his role in the altercation.
Griffin had the ball with six seconds remaining in the second quarter when his arms became entangled with Ibaka’s. Barnes proceeded to shove Ibaka hard in the chest, while Griffin also went after him. No punches were thrown. The Thunder took a 62-53 lead into halftime.
“I didn’t think it was going to turn into that,” Griffin said. “After I turned around and heard the oohs and aahs and knew we were into something.”
The Clippers (6-3) had six players in double figures. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench, including a three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining to help seal the win.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder (5-2) with 33 points and 10 assists.
“They just beat us,” Durant said. “We’ve got to finish the game out. No excuses, no matter who’s out there. Of course we’d rather have Serge out there, but it didn’t happen like that. We still had a chance to win the game.”
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