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OKC-LAC controversial Game 5
The Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit with 49 seconds to play in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead over the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. The game took a controversial turn when Oklahoma City was awarded a possession with 11.3 seconds remaining in the game on a ball Doc Rivers believed went out of bounds off a Thunder player. On the ensuing possession, Russell Westbrook was fouled by Chris Paul on a 3-point attempt, setting up what would turn out to be the game-winning free throw attempts. Did the officials cost the Clippers the game? How will the rest of the series play out?
Clippers rout hapless 76ers
The Clippers with Chris Paul just might be the team no one wants to play once playoff time comes around. Take their 123-78 dismantling of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, perhaps summed up best by the video above. Obviously this has the "they're playing a very bad team" disclaimer, but plays like that show just how explosive the Clippers can be with a healthy Chris Paul. That play came after the team jumped out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter, which tends to be when Lob City makes a comeback. Paul and Griffin may never translate their chemistry into a title, but they're sure fun to watch.
The Clippers have a problem common to teams that approach offense with a fanatic's zeal: They can't stop other teams from matching them point-for-point. Los Angeles is giving up 102.1 points per game, the sixth-worst mark in the league, and is in the midst of a two-game losing streak in which it allowed the Hawks to drop 107 points on it. Chris Paul thinks the Clippers need to find a defensive identity, but when you're coming off a game in which the opposing team shoots 52.2 percent from 3-point range, it might simply be that you don't have the personnel to do the job.
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