The Clippers may not have beaten the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, but they did make a statement.
In a game they seemed destined to lose, they forced it to overtime. In a game in which guard Chris Paul was far from his best, they kept it close.
There were enough areas to criticize, but their 117-111 loss to the Thunder was another confirmation that the Clippers are indeed one of the two or three best teams in the Western Conference.
The defeat ended their six-game winning streak and left them with a 1-1 record on a four-game swing, but the Clippers could still feel good about their resiliency and refusal to give in.
They trailed for most of the game and were behind by five points with 1 minute, 44 seconds left in regulation, but they finished with a flourish. Matt Barnes, starting in place of an injured Caron Butler, grabbed an offensive rebound and scored a layup that tied the game 102-102 with 36.9 seconds left. Paul even had a shot to win it, but his jumper at the...