Oklahoma City Thunder were eying a chance to take a comfortable 3-1 lead against the LA Clippers going into game four of the series, but Doc Rivers' men had a different agenda, as the Clippers stormed to a 101-99 victory at the Staples Centre to level the series.
The Clippers won the first game of the series at home before falling to consecutive two defeats home and away, but with what this Clippers team have been through fans knew they wouldn't go down without a fight.
"We let this one slip away. We could have took control of the series."
The visitors had a 12 points lead heading into the final quarter, but they slipped up, and after the fiery encounter Blake Griffin spoke to ESPN and confirmed that they were going to fight until the final buzzer.
"Everybody kept telling each other, 'Chip away, chip away'. That was kind of our mentality for the rest of the game. We just kept fighting."
Griffin scored 25 points in this encounter as the forward hit eight of his 19 field goal attempts.
This was the second tie to be hosted at the Staples Centre in this play-off series and Oklahoma got off to a flyer, winning the first quarter 32-15; Kevin Durant scored ten points for the visitors while Russell Westbrook added 11 to the scoreboard as well as assisting five.
The hosts got off to a slow start as Chris Paul could only convert six points for the Clippers.
In the second the Clippers fought back and delivered a 31-25 victory; Durant hit nine for Thunder but griffin equalled the fellow forward's score, bullying his way in to help Clippers take the lead. Chris Paul also added seven while Jamal Crawford hit 11 points for the hosts.
At half time considering it was a one quarter either way Scott Brooks' men had a 11 point lead over the Clippers.
With half-time over, it was a slow start into the third as the scored ended in the favour of Oklahoma at 18-17; Durant added 11 points to the 19 he already recorded, while JJ Redick could only conjure up five for the home team.
Heading into the final quarter, tensions were high as Clippers needed to win this match if they were to stand a chance going into the next match back at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
But they got their response winning the quarter 38-24; Durant and Westbrook both hit ten for the Thunder which seemed to be enough, but anything can happen at the Staples Centre.
Griffin scored a spirited ten points in eight minutes before Darren Collison hit 12 points in 12 minutes; hitting 100% of his free-throws and four of his six attempted field goals.
The game was one for all fans to enjoy with excitement, as on Tuesday evening the Clippers will return to the Chesapeake Arena where they have won twice this season from four games.
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