LOS ANGELES —
“It’s basketball, man,” Griffin said. “Sometimes you take things a little too far, but I wasn’t provoking (Ibaka) or anything like that.”
Said Thunder coach Scott Brooks: “It was a scrum and both were battling for position.”
A video review confirmed the call and Griffin went to the line, missing the first and making the second. The Clippers retained possession and Crawford hit a 3-pointer to give them their first lead of the game at 100-99 with 1:30 to play.
“He told us to keep playing,” Durant said of Westbrook. “Everyone in the huddle was calm. We had a tough stretch but it was about how we bounced back.”
The Thunder scored nine of the final 13 points.
Brooks credited Westbrook for instilling calm in the late going.
“His leadership is getting better year by year and it should be,” he said. “Tonight was a classic example of what he’s done. He’s an emotional guy, but he keeps everything together.”
The Thunder reached its first double-digit lead in the second during a 12-2 run that made it 53-37. Durant and Thabo Sefolosha hit back-to-back 3-pointers en route to a 54-41 lead at the break.
“We were moving the ball and doing a good job of closing the paint up,” Durant said. “We eliminated some of these big-time plays.”
Besides the turnovers, the Clippers were just 2 of 11 from 3-point range, missing four straight to close the second quarter.
NOTES: The Thunder improved to 13-3 in games played after a loss. ... The Clippers fell to 23-7 at home. ... Griffin has 10 straight games with 16-plus points, seven-plus rebounds and two-plus assists, the longest such streak in the league this season.