Durant helps Thunder storm to victory over Clippers

Posted at | Updated as of 05/10/14 10:15 PM

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) blocks a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second quarter of game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

The Oklahoma City Thunder reeled off seven unanswered points late in the contest to overcome the Los Angeles Clippers 118-112 in Game Three of their Western Conference semi-final series on Friday.

Kevin Durant scored 36 points at the Staples Center as the Thunder grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a crucial road win.

It was the first close contest of the series after the Clippers pounded the Thunder in the opener before suffering a reversal in Game Two.

Oklahoma City had the second-best road record during the regular season.

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