Los Angeles Clippers forgot fitted three losses last season against the Oklahoma City Thunder and, with another great performance from your partner stellar prevailed 111-103 to push Kevin Durant, who missed during the transfer of a Serge Ibaka disqualified before the break.
Blake Griffin finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, while Chris Paul signed 14 goals and 16 assists.
Paul has achieved at least 10 points and 10 assists in the first nine games of the season, numbers not seen in the NBA since I managed to Magic Johnson in the 1990-91 seasons.
Durant finished with 33 points and 10 assists, while Westbrool Russell had 19 points and 10 assists. Ibaka, who had 13 points shooting a perfect series (6/6), was sent off for an altercation with Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes.
Kendrick Perkins missed by the death of his grandfather. Always motivated by the explosive presentation that always precedes them at home in the Staples Center, which includes a pair of columns of fire and deafening fireworks, the Clippers pulled so gorgeous with a 8-0 which highlighted attendance one hand and in the air Griffin alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan.
The Scott Brooks took to get warm. They missed their first five field goal and did not score a single point until four minutes, but reacted to while taking advantage of weak defense of his rival and they turned to the situation (25-33) thanks to an immaculate offensive contribution Ibaka and instinct murderer of Durant.
The Lakers, far from its best, dull and imagination and joy that characterize the direction of Paul game, clinging to the contribution of Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison off the bench, enough with the more aggressive rival which reached an income of 14 points (33-47) midway through the second quarter.
Locals also better than facing the basket and that led them to close the gap on the scoreboard break (53-62), which was reached after a three pointer by Westbrook and an attempted Ibaka starring fight, Griffin and Matt Barnes which ended with the expulsion of the player of the Thunder and Barnes.
That action changed the game. Paul was reunited with himself and his confidence was on the rise while JJ Redick and connected with Jared Dudley, leading subsequently to return to put the Clippers ahead (74-71) thanks to the huge boost of Griffin, winning a duel tremendously Physical.
The Thunder, which fit a 8-0 to open the fourth quarter (89-78) and had entered a major slump, missed Ibaka intimidation.
Without it, your inner game was water in the hands of Hasheem Thabeet and Steven Adams, unable to stop the constant penetration of his opponent.
The Doc Rivers had embarked on a partial 31-9 and nothing was going to stop. Not even Durant. Although pushed his team behind him (100-96), precipitation of Oklahoma and superiority local rebounding (50-35) proved decisive.