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No. 1 vs. No. 2: Thunder Leave No Doubt

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When Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and the rest of their Thunder teammates showed up at Staples Center, they were supposed to find a fellow conference heavyweight, a formidable foe many expect to challenge for the NBA crown every bit as much as Oklahoma City.

What the Thunder found instead was a Los Angeles Clippers team unexpectedly lacking its best player, a player so pivotal his absence eliminated a sizable chunk of the luster from the league's two best teams locking horns.

Of course, the show went on, and even without Chris Paul, the Thunder treated the Clippers very much like a championship contender and took a 109-97 win on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Thunder bumped its league-best record to 33-9. The Clippers,...

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