Durant, Westbrook help Thunder level series
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) fouls Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) on a shot attempt at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Photo by Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Newly crowned MVP Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday to level their second round playoff series.
A day after he was named the NBA's top player, Durant came up with a performance that included 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Westbrook backed him up with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the home Thunder tied the best-of-seven series 1-1.
Having been blown out in a Game 1 home loss Monday, Oklahoma City responded with a second-half surge and led by 20 in the fourth quarter.
Chris Paul tallied 17 points and 11 assists for the Clippers after a career shooting performance that included eight three-pointers in the previous game.
Game 3 is on Friday in Los Angeles.