By Lee Jenkins
May 10, 2014
The matchup between Blake Griffin and Serge Ibaka could decide the Thunder-Clippers series.
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Leading by one with 2:10 remaining, Westbrook drilled a three-pointer from the top of the circle, and then Durant sank a 22-foot fade-away over Paul that iced the game for Oklahoma City. It was the exclamation point three days after The Speech. "You grow from experience," Durant said. "Having been here before, it's helped us all out." The Thunder is still young, but no longer the prodigies they once were. Durant and Westbrook are 25, Ibaka 24. Over the past four years, they have lost in the first round, the second, the third and the Finals. Such is the natural progression of a NBA champion. The only step left is to never bow out at all.

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