For the second straight season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have failed to get back to the NBA Finals, as they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals last night.
Despite not having Tony Parker for the second half, the Spurs were able to hold off Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and company to secure their second straight trip to the NBA Finals, where they will once again face the Miami Heat.
After both teams blew sizable leads last night, the game headed to overtime with the score tied 101-101. In the extra period the Thunder completely fell apart, as Tim Duncan lead the Spurs to the win. Duncan scored seven of his 19 points in the overtime.
While the Thunder couldn’t stop Duncan on the defensive end, they also couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end. They shot a pitiful 1-11 in the final frame, with Westbrook in particular struggling. The point guard went just 1-7, including a wild three-pointer in the closing seconds that was particularly bad. Time was running down and it might not have mattered what the Thunder did anyway, but Westbrook let a crazy three go that ended up nowhere close to the basket.
Just check out the Thunder’s shot chart from the overtime last night and you can see just how bad it was. Look at all that red. A few free throws were the only thing that kept the final score respectable.
Yikes. The Thunder still have a bright future ahead, but this is another disappointing early playoff exit for Durant and company.