April 11, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Nick Young (11) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Clippers Vs. Thunder: Oklahoma City Drops Rare Home Game 100-98

Kevin Durant finished with 22 points and nine rebounds but the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 100-98.

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NBA Standings: Thunder Trying To Keep Spurs From Top Spot

The Oklahoma City Thunder have just a one game lead over the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the NBA's Western Conference standings after the Spurs recent eight-game winning streak (which after Wednesday night, was followed by two losses, negating the Thunder's home loss to the Clippers). The good news for OKC is that the Thunder are 29-11 in conference play compared to San Antonio's 26-13, which would be the first tiebreaker scenario if the Spurs pulled even with OKC.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Oklahoma City Thunder 58 42-16 .724
San Antonio Spurs 56 40-16 .714
Los Angeles Lakers 59 37-22 .627
Los Angeles Clippers 58 35-23 .603
Memphis Grizzlies 57 34-23 .596
Dallas Mavericks 58 32-26 .552
Denver Nuggets 58 32-26 .552
Houston Rockets 58 32-26 .552
Utah Jazz 59 31-28 .525
Phoenix Suns 58 30-28 .517
Portland Trail Blazers 59 28-31 .475
Minnesota Timberwolves 59 25-34 .424
Golden State Warriors 57 22-35 .386
Sacramento Kings 59 19-40 .322
New Orleans Hornets 58 16-42 .276

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Thunder Vs. Clippers Final Score: Oklahoma City Fall 100-98

The Oklahoma City Thunder were outscored 24-18 in the final quarter and dropped a rare home game to the Los Angeles Clippers 100-98.

The Thunder led by seven points at halftime and saw that lead get whittled down to four at the start of the fourth quarter. Chris Paul took over in the fourth quarter and his bucket with just eight seconds remaining providing the winning margin for the Clippers.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points and nine rebounds but was just 7-21 from the field. Russell Westbrook added 20 points and seven assists but did most of his damage from the free throw line where he was 13-15. James Harden added 17 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka chipped in 12.

Chris Paul took over late for the Clippers and finished with a game-high 31 points. Blake Griffin added 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists while Kenyon Martin and Nick Young pitched in 12 and 10 points respectively off the bench.

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Clippers Vs. Thunder Score: Oklahoma City Takes 55-48 Advantage At Halftime

The Oklahoma City Thunder take a 55-48 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers in a matchup of two of the Western Conference's more entertaining teams.

The Thunder led by three after one and extended that lead to seven points by the break. Oklahoma City hit 46 percent of their shot attempts in the first half and already have seven made threes in the game. Russell Westbrook leads the way with 12 points and five assists despite being just 2-7 from the field. Westbrook was 8-9 from the free throw line in the first-half. Kevin Durant added 10 points and Derek Fisher pitched in eight off the bench.

Nick Young and Kenyon Martin lead the Clippers with eight points each off the bench. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Caron Butler all have seven points each. Griffin has seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Clippers in both of those categories.

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2012 NBA Standings: Oklahoma City Thunder Sit Atop Western Conference

With the 2012 NBA regular season winding down, the race for seeding in the playoffs is heating up. Headed into Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder currently sit atop the Western Conference standings, and look to be in line to earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City currently leads the San Antonio Spurs by a game in the Western Conference — though, the two teams are even in the loss column. San Antonio will take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, but, the Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant for the contest as they visit San Antonio. Needless to say, advantage Spurs.

The Thunder and Spurs will not play again this season. Oklahoma City went 1-2 against the Spurs this season.

If the season ended today, the Thunder would draw the Denver Nuggets in the opening round of the NBA playoffs — but there’s still a long time to go between now and then.

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Clippers Vs. Thunder: Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Western Conference rivals square off in a crucial game for playoff positioning.

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