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Despite playing on a sore left knee, Paul had a game-high 33 points on 11-for-19 shooting, including making five of his eight three-point attempts. He also had nine assists while committing five turnovers.
It was the teams' third and final meeting this season, the Clippers winning the series, 2-1.
The Clippers, playing on the road, led by as many as 17 points in the first quarter, but the Thunder cut the deficit to seven at halftime, 65-57. In the third quarter, the Clippers extended their lead to as much as 20 points, and they held a double-digit advantage throughout the fourth.
The Clippers were playing without Blake Griffin (right elbow) and Jamal Crawford (right calf bruise), who are averaging a combined 38.9 points a game this season. Oklahoma City was missing
Westbrook entered Wednesday's game having had five triple-doubles in the Thunder's last six games, during which he's averaged 36.8 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. On Wednesday, he had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists -- but he also had 10 turnovers, while clearly being outplayed by Paul.
The Clippers outshot the Thunder from the field, 46.1% to 43.4%, and had 12 turnovers while the Thunder had 20.
Both teams were hot from beyond the three-point line Wednesday, the Clippers shooting 50%, the Thunder shooting 48%.
With the win, the Clippers, who are in fifth-place in the Western Conference, improved to 42-23. The Thunder fell to ninth place, with a record of 35-29.