Darren Collison, Kevin Durant, Jared Dudley

Clippers forward Jared Dudley tries to steal the ball from Thunder forward Kevin Durant in the first half. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / May 5, 2014)

After one of the most gut-wrenching weeks in Clippers history, concluding with a hard-fought- come-from-behind Game 7 win on Saturday, no one would have argued if the Clippers came out flat.

But what there was no arguing about was how doiminating the Clippers were Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City as they took a 122-105 victory over the Thunder in the opener of the Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday in OKC.

Chris Paul was absolutely phenomenal, making his first eight three-point shots. He finished the game with 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting, eight of nine from three-point range. If his hamstring was bothering him, there was no telling it Monday.

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Asked to explain his night Paul was less than revealing.

“I don’t know,” Paul said. “It just felt good tonight.”

Also coming up big was Blake Griffin, who finished with 23 points.

The Clippers finished the game shooting 55% (45 for 82) from the field. The biggest Clipper lead was 29 points.

Jamal Crawford, who will be named the NBA’s sixth man of the year on Tuesday, lived up to that honor scoring 17 off the bench.

The Thunder actually led midway through the first quarter, 16-10, but Paul then made five three-pointers en route to a 39-25 lead in the first quarter. In the NBA you’re never sure, but at that point the Thunder was done.

The Thunder got some good offense from their two stars. Russell Westbrook finished with 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting and a strong 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Kevin Durant finished with 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting.

Did that make Durant “unreliable” as his local paper dubbed him in the Memphis series? We’ll leave that up to The Oklahoman to decide.

Midway through the third quarter, Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks, desperate for an answer, went to the hack-a-Jordan strategy on center DeAndre Jordan. It worked as Jordan made only one of eight, but it really didn’t matter as the Thunder still couldn’t gain any traction.

So, will the Clippers play the traditional lay down game that a team usually endures after winning the first game of the series on the road? Or is there a karma going for a team that was devastated by comments of their owner, Donald Sterling, who has been banned for life by the NBA?

Paul has some insight into what the Clippers have to do.

“We just have to understand that we not are no going into Game 2 with a 17-point lead,” Paul said.

Clippers 104, Thunder 78 (end of third quarter)

If you are the Clippers, how do you protect a 17-point lead? Or, maybe it’s the protecting part that gets you in trouble. But not tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

The Clippers not only held the lead but extended it to 26 points, taking a 104-78 lead into the final 12 minutes.