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NBA: Griffin and Clippers dunk Thunder in home triumph

January 31, 2012 14:46 IST

Blake Griffin delivered the dunk of the season on a rim-rattling slam over Kendrick Perkins to highlight the Los Angeles Clippers' 112-100 victory over the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

Griffin, the reigning slam dunk champion, took a pass from Chris Paul early in the third quarter and elevated above a defenseless Perkins before slamming the ball viciously through the hoop with his right hand.

The highlight gave the Clippers a 21-point lead and helped to snap the Thunder's four-game winning streak.

Paul orchestrated the victory with 26 points and 14 assists while Griffin and Caron Butler added 22 points each as Los Angeles got their second win over a top Western Conference team in as many games, having beaten Denver on Sunday.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 36 points and had 13 rebounds while Russell Westbrook had 31 but the Thunder (16-4) fell behind by 11 after the first quarter and never recovered.

The Clippers (12-60 led by seven late in the second before making four successive three-pointers to grab an 18-point halftime lead.

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