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NBA LOOKING AHEAD

Game of the week: Oklahoma City at Clippers

The Clippers have won two of three against the Western Conference-leading Thunder, and another victory could give them a psychological edge should the teams meet in the playoffs.

April 14, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • Thunder guard James Harden is fouled by Clippers power forward Kenyon Martin on a shot in the second half Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Thunder guard James Harden is fouled by Clippers power forward Kenyon Martin… (Sue Ogrocki / Associated…)

Looking ahead

Oklahoma City at Clippers

Monday at 7:30 p.m. PDT.

TV: Prime, NBA TV

The Clippers have been dismissed in some precincts as a cute little story that will come to an abrupt end in the playoffs. Try telling that to Oklahoma City, which has lost two of three meetings this season between franchises enjoying a swift ascent in the Western Conference.

Chris Paul has been particularly bothersome to the Thunder, collecting 26 points and 14 assists on Jan. 30 during a 112-100 Clippers victory and scoring nine of the Clippers' final 11 points Wednesday during a 100-98 triumph in Oklahoma City.

Another victory by the Clippers in the series could give them a psychological edge should the teams meet in the playoffs.

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