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The pressure was on Oklahoma City Thunder to win the series and go on to the final, and they didn't disappoint, beating the LA Clippers on Thursday night 104-98 at the Staples Centre.

Thunder bounced back from a defeat in game four to the Clippers at the Staples Centre to win two consecutive games and go on to win the series, as this has been an improvement from last season by Scott Brooks' side; losing in the semi-finals to Memphis Grizzlies 4-1.

Kevin Durant was once again instrumental in Oklahoma City's victory recording 39 points, and after an impressive display the small forward spoke to ESPN and commented that Thunder can go beyond their destined targets.

He said: "We've got a long way to go. We definitely can get better. This is definitely a series that pushed us to the brink. We were in a tough spot. We stayed together and persevered."

This season the 25-year-old has averaged 32 points a game and recently collected NBA's MVP of the 2013/14 season, which he found emotional and merited, as the forward has been a key player for Scott Brooks' side.

For the Clippers meanwhile they have had a challenging season; from making the play-offs, to the recent story developing with Donald Sterling. It has been a memorable campaign for all the wrong reasons.

Chris Paul scored 25 points and collecting 11 assists for the Clippers and confirmed to ESPN that this has been an undescribable season for himself and his team, but believes they'll come back stronger next year.

"We have a really good team, a great team. It's crazy. You play all season long, and the last few games, we really started to figure out who our team was and how to play. And it's crazy that it's over."

The first quarter started in favour of the hosts as Doc Rivers' men recorded 30 points to Thunder's 16.

Blake Griffin hit nine in 12 minutes while Darren Collison added six hitting all three of his attempted field goals.
Reggie Jackson scored six for Oklahoma City while Thabo Sefolosha added five in the six minutes he featured.

But in the second period Durant turned up the pressure and gave Thunder hope as Oklahoma won the quarter 26-20.

Durant scored 11 points scoring three of his four attempted three pointers, while Reggie Jackson added six and Derek Fisher put five on the board.

For the Clippers, JJ Redick was the only player looking like scoring as the guard scored five points in six minutes to keep LA's lead at half-time intact at 50-42.

Game seven was looking like a possibility for both teams, as it would leave the tie open for anyone for the win.

But again, Durant showed his worth as the small forward hit 14 points to see Thunder win the third 30-22.
The 25-year-old converted all five of his field goal attempts with Russell Westbrook adding seven to the score, but Serge Ibaka suffered a knee injury which forced him off the court missing the final quarter.

Brooks' men winning the third period tied the game at 72-72 heading into the fourth, as Doc Rivers and the Clippers were becoming frustrated, especially with the officials.
LA believed a number of fouls deemed upon them were false, but this didn't stop Thunder losing their heads as they went on to win the fourth 32-26.

Considering Paul scored 14 points for the Clippers, both Durant and Westbrook provided a masterpiece.
Durant recorded 11 points while Westbrook hit ten as they both featured for the whole 12 minutes.

Scott Brooks has now got a play-off final to look forward to, as the Thunder take on San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at the AT&T Centre.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul
Kevin Durant
Western Conference
LA Clippers
Blake Griffin
NBA Playoffs
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