LOS ANGELES — In the end, the Los Angeles Clippers did not have enough. Not without Chris Paul. Not against Kevin Durant. Not when the Oklahoma City Thunder strolled into town, buried 15 3-pointers, answered every Clippers' charge with a steely confidence and used a 109-97 win as yet another compelling case they are the best team in the NBA.
This wasn't just a win. It was a statement.
The Thunder, now 33-9 and at the halfway point of the season, are a better basketball team than anyone out there. Better than the Heat. Better than the Knicks and Spurs. Better even than the Clippers.