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Durant’s three-point play early in the fourth extended the Thunder’s lead to 15 points, and they were still up by 10 with 7:44 to go.

But the comeback Clippers were not to be denied.

“Everybody kept telling each other, ‘Chip away, chip away,’” Griffin said. “That was kind of our mentality for the rest of the game. We just kept fighting.”

The Clippers stole a page out of the Thunder’s playbook, switching to a smaller lineup that included Collison and Danny Granger, who helped disrupt the Thunder’s rebounding late.

Paul willed his team back into it, scoring six straight points to get the Clippers within six. Griffin, who was saddled with five fouls, made three of four free throws before Collison got hot.

“The whole time I’m thinking, ‘We can’t be down 3-1, we just can’t be down 3-1 going to Oklahoma,” Collison said.

With the game tied at 97, Collison scored the Clippers‘ final four points on layups. Crawford passed to a streaking Collison for a fast-break conversion on the second one for a 101-97 lead with 32 seconds left. Westbrook scored for the Thunder, but after Griffin missed, Westbrook did too to end the game.

“Did that really just happen?” a still stunned Crawford said.

Paul missed all five of his shots in the third, when Griffin picked up three fouls to give him five, and Crawford and Jordan each got their third.

Ibaka, who shot 9 of 10 in the Thunder’s Game 3 win, got his fourth foul, along with Westbrook in the third. The Clippers came as close as eight points before Reggie Jackson’s 3-pointer beat the shot clock to keep the Thunder ahead 75-63 going into the fourth.

The Thunder had the Clippers on their heels from the opening tip, with Oklahoma City shooting 65 percent in building a 22-point lead.

Oklahoma City outscored the Clippers 32-15 in the first; the fewest points they’ve allowed in a quarter of a playoff game.

NOTES: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million after recordings of him making racist comments surfaced, attended the game, sitting next to Magic Johnson. Johnson tweeted on April 26 that he would never go to a Clippers game again while Sterling remains the owner. … Johnson and boxer Floyd Mayweather have each made noises about being interested in owning the Clippers. … Dick Parsons, whom Silver appointed as interim CEO of the Clippers, will be in town Monday. … Among the celebs were Rihanna, Justin Bieber (who got booed), Billy Crystal, Mark Wahlberg, former Clipper Baron Davis wearing a Dodgers hat and Kenny Lofton.