The jerseys said "Clippers", but the team that took the floor in the first half Sunday at Staples Center didn't look too familiar. The Clippers committed 16 turnovers in the first half on their way to a 108-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "We had 16 turnovers in the first half. That's bogus," guard Chris Paul said. "That's crazy. That's not like us." The Clippers finished with 21 turnovers on the game, with improved ball security and defensive intensity helping erase a 19-point deficit in the second half. But despite coming back to take a 100-99 lead, the Clippers couldn't finish off the Thunder, falling to 1.5 games back of the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. "The turnovers in the first half really put us on our heels and gave them a nice cushion," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "...For whatever reason, we just kept turning it over. We didn't make the easy play. We couldn't get any type of rhythm with anybody, really." Turnovers have plagued the Clippers in the past three losses, with the team giving the ball away 18 times each in losses to Miami and San Antonio, before turning it over 21 times Sunday. The Spurs, the Heat and the Thunder are the only three teams with a better record than the Clippers. "When you're playing the teams you mentioned, you better be playing high-level basketball," Del Negro said. "Those teams aren't going to beat themselves. We beat ourselves a little with the turnovers."
Clippers hand victory to Thunder
Orange County Register | Mar 4