Durant, Westbrook help Thunder level series


Posted at May 08 2014 01:57 PM | Updated as of May 09 2014 07:22 AM

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.