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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, left, and Darren Collison celebrate after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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Clippers stun Thunder 101-99 to tie series

  • Article by: BETH HARRIS
  • Associated Press
  • May 12, 2014 - 12:53 AM

LOS ANGELES — Darren Collison scored eight of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Los Angeles Clippers past the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-pointer and Serge Ibaka's tip attempt was too late at the buzzer, allowing the Clippers to salvage a game they trailed until the final 1:23.

Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 25 points, making 9 of 11 free throws, and Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists. Jamal Crawford added 18 points. DeAndre Jordan had 14 rebounds, helping the Clippers win the boards, 45-43 — the first time in 11 playoff games the Thunder were outrebounded.

Kevin Durant scored 40 points, hitting 15 of 18 free throws, for the Thunder.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

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