Keys to victory: Thunder 112, Clippers 101

This was one of those days in which the combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook was just too much for their opponents to handle.

The Oklahoma City Thunder evened their semifinal with the Los Angeles Clippers with a convincing win in Game 2.

The Thunder snapped their five-game conference semifinal losing streak.

Westbrook takes it upon himself

Westbrook scored 21 of his 31 points when he did not pass the ball during the possession, including 17 of his 19 first-half points.

In the playoffs, he has been more effective when he has not deferred to his teammates, shooting 49 percent on possessions in which he doesn’t pass the ball and 37 percent on possessions in which he did pass it.

Westbrook had his third triple-double of the postseason. No one else in the NBA has any.

Westbrook is the fifth player in last 25 seasons with at least three triple-doubles in a single postseason (Rajon Rondo (twice), Jason Kidd, LeBron James and Magic Johnson)

Durant handles Barnes

Kevin Durant had his 28th career postseason game scoring at least 30 points, his sixth this postseason (the most in the NBA).

Durant was 8 for 11 for 21 points against Matt Barnes, after being held to 4 of 9 and 11 points by Barnes in Game 1.

Ibaka thwarts Griffin

Serge Ibaka continued his defensive excellence against Blake Griffin, who scored 7 points on 3-of-11 shooting when guarded by Ibaka in Game 2. Ibaka has held Griffin to 6 of 21 shooting and one field goal inside 10 feet this series. Griffin led the league with 6.6 such makes per game during the regular season.

Griffin is 6 for 8 against other defenders in this series.

Looking ahead

There have been 203 best-of-7 series that have been tied 1-1. The Game 3 winner goes on to win the series 76 percent of the time (154-49).