Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Wednesday, November 19th
Clippers108Final
Thunder88
Game 2: Tuesday, December 16th
Clippers98Final
Thunder88
Game 3: Friday, January 23rd
Thunder104Final
Clippers107
Game 4: Wednesday, April 15th
Thunder126Final
Clippers85

Clippers 108

(2-9, 1-2 away)

Thunder 88

(1-11, 1-6 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    8:00 PM ET, November 19, 2008

    Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 20 29 32 27108
    OKC 26 26 16 2088

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: C. Kaman 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Blk

    Oklahoma City: D. Wilkins 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mobley, Kaman help Clippers throttle Thunder for 2nd win of the season

    Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Los Angeles Clippers turned in exactly the sort of performance Oklahoma City coach P.J. Carlesimo feared.

    Carlesimo spoke before the game Wednesday night about the Clippers' talent and the challenges that come with meshing so many new players as they are trying to do.

    "There's no question what they're capable of doing," he said. "I hope it takes them a little longer to figure it out."

    Instead, the Clippers got big nights from Cuttino Mobley and Chris Kaman and double-figure scoring from every starter to beat the Thunder 108-88 in a matchup between one-win teams.

    Mobley had a season-high 23 points and a career-best seven steals. Kaman scored a season-high 25 points and had 14 rebounds. Al Thornton scored 20, and Baron Davis and Marcus Camby 14 each.

    Mobley scored six points during a 14-2 run that saw the Clippers (2-9) cut a 15-point second-quarter deficit to three at halftime. He stayed hot in the third quarter, with 12 points coming during a 23-4 spurt that put Los Angeles in front by 15. The Clippers weren't threatened after that.

    "Baron said before the game, 'You've got to get focused.' He told the whole team that," Mobley said. "I was going to try to play as hard as I can and see what happens."

    Coach Mike Dunleavy was equally impressed with Mobley's defense -- the team had him with 15 deflections.

    "He's just a smart, veteran guy," Dunleavy said. "I've never had anybody even think about getting 15, so that was pretty strong."

    Kaman had four of the Clippers' nine blocked shots to go along with his strong play at the offensive end. He and Camby made it a long night inside for the Thunder (1-11), which got just 13 points from its starting frontcourt.

    "We did a great job defensively as a team, getting stops late in the second quarter and the second half," Kaman said. "I try to be aggressive when I can but still be smart about it."

    Kevin Durant had 18 points for the Thunder and Damien Wilkins added 17.

    Oklahoma City, the worst-shooting team in the league, started out pretty well with a six-point lead after one quarter. The Thunder pushed it to 46-33 after consecutive baskets by Durant -- a 3-pointer and a dunk over Mobley -- and eventually led by 15 before falling apart.

    The Thunder made just one basket and turned the ball over four times in the final three minutes of the half. The Clippers took advantage to outscore the Thunder 14-2, scoring on six of seven possessions.

    "When people get after us, it affects our whole game and we have to work hard to correct that," Carlesimo said. "We had a hard time tonight meeting the other team's aggressiveness in the second half."

    After making half its shots in the first quarter, the Thunder returned to form in the second, going 8-for-19 from the floor. Oklahoma City was 11-of-34 in the second half to finish the game at 40 percent, right at its season average.

    Los Angeles, just a fraction better than Oklahoma City in that category, wound up at 47 percent (46 of 97). The Clippers also forced 20 turnovers.

    "They turned the intensity up on us and we didn't do the same to them," said forward Jeff Green, who had nine points in 33 minutes.

    Game notes


    Mobley had four of his steals in the first quarter. ... Thunder F Chris Wilcox returned after missing five games because of a strained right knee. He had four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    OKC
    Points 108 88
    FGM-FGA 46-97 (.474) 30-75 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 5-10 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 11-13 (.846) 23-23 (1.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-44 9-42
    Assists 24 16
    Turnovers 11 21
    Steals 14 6
    Blocks 9 5
    Fast Break Points 23 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 25 15

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Oklahoma City
    Chris Kaman Kaman
    Points: 25
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Damien Wilkins Wilkins
    Points: 17
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1