O'Neal started the game and put 25 minutes of solid basketball. He scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including three key offensive rebounds. O'Neal also helped foul out Blake Griffin, which may have been a deciding factor in the game. Power forward David Lee outplayed the Clippers down in the post, scoring 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting with 13 rebounds in 36 minutes played.
Game two of the series will be played on Monday night at the Staples Center before they head to Oakland for games three and four.