Trans. Oct 31 12:24 ET (Oct 31 12:24 ET ) The Los Angeles Clippers didn't exactly look the part of a Finals contender in their opener against a short-handed team. They'll aim for a better showing - particularly from 3-point range - when they take on another underwhelming roster in Friday night's matchup with the Lakers. The Clippers started their season by enacting some revenge for their Western Conference semifinal loss with Thursday's 93-90 home win over Oklahoma City in their first game under new owner Steve Ballmer. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, going a combined 17 for 36 from the field.
The Clippers didn't shoot well, couldn't build more than a 10-point lead, and still managed to usher in the Steve Ballmer era with a victory for their new owner. Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, and Chris Paul added 22 in a season-opening 93-90 win Thursday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost another star to injury when Russell Westbrook broke his right hand. ''It was pretty ugly,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. He paid a record $2 billion to buy the team after 33-year owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks.
Chris Paul scored 22 points during a close 93-90 win over the Thunder, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.
The Scoop:The Clippers did not look good on offense at all. They led the NBA in offensive efficiency rating, but put up a 39/23/72 percent shooting line from the field, beyond the arc and at the line, respectively. As for Paul, he's probably going to be the best point guard in fantasy hoops as long as he's on the court.
Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, Chris Paul added 22 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90 in their season opener on Thursday night to usher in a new era under owner Steve Ballmer. He paid a record $2 billion to buy the team after 33-year owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks. The Thunder sent the Clippers packing in the second round of the playoffs last spring, shortly after the Sterling scandal erupted. Already without injured Kevin Durant, the Thunder lost Russell Westbrook to a hand injury in the second quarter.
A new owner and mantra have the Los Angeles Clippers looking for more than a third straight Pacific Division title. The Clippers begin their quest to win their first NBA title on Thursday night, when they face the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder - the team that eliminated them from last season's playoffs. Los Angeles' postseason run ended in the second round, as they were ousted in six games by Oklahoma City (0-1). "It's been a long summer," star guard Chris Paul said.