For 20 games, the San Antonio Spurs were invincible. They ran roughshod over the NBA for 2 months. Then the Western Conference Finals moved to Oklahoma City. With 2-0 lead, a win by the Spurs in Game 3 would have fueled talk about a perfect postseason. The Oklahoma City Thunder, however, had other plans. They routed the Spurs in Game 3 and in they beat again in Game 4 , 109-103, to level the series and sent the Spurs home reeling with a 2 game losing streak. Has streak really reversed? or is it just a minor blip in the Spurs ascent?
Game 4 was marked by the 4th quarter explosion by NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant. With the Spurs breathing down their necks, Durant just took over and scored 18 big points in the last 7 minutes of the game. He practically doused fire for every run and rally the Spurs attempted during the final minutes of the game. His 18 4th quarter points was a career high.
Another notable performer was Serge Ibaka who had career high 26 points by hitting all 11 of his field goal attempts and all 4 free throw chances. Six of his 11 field goals were made at the perimeter. The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan‘s 21 and Kawhi Leonard‘s 17. Tony Parker finished with 12 points as he only hit 5 of his 15 attempts while his counterpart from the Thunder Russell Westbrook did not do better as he only finished with 7 points and missing 8 of his 10 field goal tries.
The series will shift back to Texas were the crucial Game 5 will be played.
- Ibaka’s perfect night helps OKC knot up Spurs (scores.espn.go.com)
- Ibaka, Perkins Shine Early so Durant Can Take over Late in OKC Game 4 Victory (bleacherreport.com)
- Thunder even West finals with Spurs at 2-2 (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- N.B.A. Playoffs | Western Conference Finals: Thabo Sefolosha Slows Spurs’ Tony Parker, Giving Thunder Needed Lift (nytimes.com)