LOS ANGELES (AP) — The day began for the Oklahoma City Thunder with the stunning news that part-owner Aubrey McClendon had died. It ended with the players and coaching staff shaking their heads for another reason.
The Thunder squandered a 22-point lead in a 103-98 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night. Los Angeles ended the game with a 26-5 run after trailing by 16 with 7:30 left. Oklahoma City had only one field goal during that stretch, a 17-foot jumper by Kevin Durant.
“I’m not taking anything away from L.A. Obviously, they had to make the plays to get back in it,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “But did we beat ourselves, or did they beat us? The biggest decision that we have to make collectively, from an accountability standpoint, is that there’s got to be a whole level of sacrifice by everybody.”
Chris Paul had 21 points and 13 assists for Los Angeles, and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 18 rebounds. It was the largest comeback victory of the season for the…