The Oklahoma City Thunder looked dead in the water after the first two games of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. After cruising to a win a 106-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in game 3, the Thunder rolled to another win in game 4, defeating the Spurs 105-92 to even the series at two games a piece.
Russell Westbrook was the star, putting on one of the best performances of his career on Tuesday night. Westbrook scored 40 points on 12-of-24 shooting and added 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals.
Kevin Durant had 31 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals while Serge Ibaka added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Spurs by Boris Diaw, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Parker also had 14 points and Corey Joseph had 11.
The Spurs shot just 39.8% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while the Thunder shot 48.7% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the arc. The Thunder also were able to hold the Spurs to just 36 points in the paint while scoring 44 themselves.
Reggie Jackson was limited to just 13 minutes because of ankle injury.
Early on it looked like the game was going to more closely resembles games 1 and 2 rather than game 3. The Spurs got out to an early 12-4 advantage. The Thunder, however, quickly fought back, outscoring the Spurs 22-8 over the last 7:26 and ended the quarter on a 13-2 run to take a six-point lead after one.
The Thunder’s offense continued to roll in the second quarter, piling up 32 points. They ended the half on a 14-7 run and led 58-43 at the break. They pushed the lead to 27 just after the midway point in the third quarter. The Spurs cut the lead to 16 by the end of the period and had the lead down to 83-71 early in the fourth quarter.
The Thunder, however, responded with an 8-2 run to regain control of the game.
Game 5 from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is Thursday at 9:00 pm EST and the game is on TNT.
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