Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to fuel the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Los Angeles Clippers, 112-101 Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Russell Westbrook’s 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists also powered the Thunder to even the Western Conference Semifinal series at 1-1.
Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha each scored 14 points for the Thunder, who shot 51 percent from the field and outrebounded the Clippers 52-36.
Durant scored 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the first quarter to help the Thunder take a 37-28 lead.
The Clippers managed to overtake the Thunder 52-51 at 4:07 of the second after a Blake Griffin jumper.
But Durant hit four free throws and Ibaka had a layup to give the Thunder a 61-56 lead at the half.
Sefolosha scored 12 points in the third quarter to help the Thunder take a 94-77 lead into the fourth.
A 7-0 run had the Thunder pulling away at 103-83 with 7:18 left.
The Clippers hardly threatended from there as the Thunder kept pushing their lead back to double figures.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks took Durant out of the game with 1:21 remaining, costing him a shot at the triple-double. No pair of teammates has had triple-doubles in the same playoff game.
J.J. Redick scored 18 points, Paul had 17 points and 11 assists, and Blake Griffin added 15 points for the Clippers.
The Clippers will host Game 3 Friday in Los Angeles.