MORE COVERAGEAndrew White’s 40-point explosion propels Syracuse past Georgia Tech, 90-61What we learned from Syracuse’s rout of Georgia Tech in regular-season finaleSyracuse continues home dominance and beats Georgia Tech, 90-61Gallery: Syracuse routs Georgia Tech, 90-61, in regular-season finale Andrew White caught fire to help Syracuse (19-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) resoundingly stomp on visiting Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10), 90-61, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. We also learned that Dajuan Coleman was told he’d never play basketball again, head coach Jim Boeheim thinks John Gillon would be All-ACC if he could play another year and Tyler Roberson could be a “really good college player” if he hit jumpers.Our beat writers Connor Grossman and Paul Schwedelson discuss SU’s comeback win and where it puts SU in NCAA Tournament contention. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin finished with 34 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Crawford, who had just seven points in Game 2 on 2-of-13 shooting, still did not shoot well. He was 6 of 18, but he had 20 points in part because he was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. Chris Paul had 21 points and 16 assists, Matt Barnes scored 14 and DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.“Blake was efficient, we got him in the right spots,” Rivers said.As for OKC coach Scott Brooks, he had nothing but high marks for his team. Esepcially its toughness in a game that featured five technical fouls – three on his team, two on the Clippers.“One thing I’ve always said is we’re a very competitive team,” he said.Durant led everyone with 36 points, Westrbook had 23 points and 13 assists and Serge Ibaka scored 20.“Russell was really good,” Brooks said. “He had control and command of the game.”Westbrook also had eight rebounds, leaving him two shy of a triple-double.Griffin got it going right away, scoring the first five points of the game on two free throws, a basket and another free throw. DeAndre Jordan made it 7-0 when he took a lob and powered down a monster slam dunk. After Serge Ibaka and Durant scored consecutive baskets, Griffin had a layup for a 9-4 lead.Ibaka hit a 15-footer, but there was the aggressive Griffin again, getting fouled and making two more free throws for an 11-6 Clippers cushion.Durant began to heat up not long after. His team trailing 14-8, he buried a 3-pointer and came back with a dunk to pull his team within 14-13.With the Clippers still ahead by just point, Griffin made a 15-footer, Durant responding with two free throws.Consecutive blocks by Griffin on Kendrick Perkins and Matt Barnes on Westbrook brought the fans out of their seats. Their joy was short-lived as Durant threw down yet another resounding dunk for a 19-18 Thunder lead.Paul came back with a 16-footer for a 20-19 L.A. advantage, but Mr. Dunk – AKA Durant – had another with 2:42 left in the quarter and OKC led 21-20.Back and forth the teams went. A 3-pointer by Paul and two free throws by Griffin, and the Clippers were up 25-21. No problem, said the Thunder, who quickly tied the game on a put-back dunk by Steven Adams and layup by Westbrook.The Clippers ended up with a 33-29 lead at the end of one quarter. That was quickly erased by Caron Butler, who sank an 18-footer then three consecutive free throws.OKC eventually built a five-point lead at 46-41 with 5:59 to play in the half. The Thunder still led by five at 48-43 when the Clippers went on an 8-0. That onslaught was finished by a steal and driving left-handed dunk by Barnes that filled the arena with as much electricity as it had seen thus far in the game. The Clippers led 51-48 at the 3:36 mark.Griffin scored his only points of the second quarter with two minutes left to gives his team a 55-52 lead. Then, at the 1:43 mark, Durant and Paul received double technicals.OKC took a 59-57 lead on a layup by Westbrook, Barnes made a 3-pointer, Westbrook scored and Paul sent his team into the locker room with a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left for a 63-61 lead.The Clippers, who at one time were shooting in the 35-percent area, ended up shooting 46.8 percent from the field in the half. They shot 40 percent – 5 of 15 – from 3-point range.However, the Thunder shot 54.8 percent overll and outrebounded the Clippers 23-15. The rebounding was a problem for the Clippers in Game 2. Reggie Jackson then – for all intents and purposes – sealed the Clippers’ fate with two free throws for a 115-107 lead with 22.7 seconds left. J.J. Redick, who did not have a good game, made a 3-pointer with five seconds to play to pull the Clippers within 116-112, but that was as close as they would get.OKC leads the Western Conference semifinals series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.“Our defense, I didn’t think it was there,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, when asked the difference in the game. “They shot over 50 percent (55.7), we didn’t (the Clippers shot 45.2 percent). They made every big play down the stretch.”Rivers took a lot of the blame for his team’s defense, saying he has to coach it better.“We put way too much presssure on our offense,” he said. The Oklahoma City Thunder had two big things going for them in a Game 2 victory Wednesday over the Clippers in Oklahoma City – Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Clippers were missing a couple of things – such as the typically outstanding play of Blake Griffin and the solid bench contribution of Jamal Crawford, who just won his second Sixth-Man of the Year award.The Clippers, it seemed, needed to find a way to turn some of that around in order to give themselves a better shot to win Game 3 on Friday.They indeed turned some of it around, but they still lost. Courtesy of some clutch play down the stretch by that two-headed monster that is Durant and Westbrook, the Thunder defeated the Clippers 118-112 before 19,530 at Staples Center.Griffin, who scored just 15 points on Wednesday, had just pulled the Clippers within 108-107 with a layup with 2:30 to play. Back came the Thunder, and Westbrook hit a 3-pointer for a 111-107 lead. The Clippers could not score their next time down, and then Durant made an incredible 18-foot turn-around over Chris Paul for a 113-107 lead with 1:23 left.