If Game 3 was about Serge Ibaka’s return, Game 4 was about the entire Thunder team coming back. After falling behind 2-0 in the series, Oklahoma City officially turned the Western Conference Finals around, evening things up with a 105-92 win.
Things did not look well early, when Reggie Jackson suffered a bad ankle sprain in the first quarter. Jackson limped back in the second quarter and the Thunder looked whole again. Westbrook shot 12-for-24 from the field, making all 14 of his attempts from the free throw line, on his way to a ridiculous line of 40 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals. Westbrook is only the second player with a 40, 10, and five game in the postseason; the first was Michael Jordan in 1989. Durant is the MVP, and the second best player in the world, because he consistently scores more efficiently than almost anyone else in the league. Westbrook is different, the guy who makes inexplicable plays, both good and bad. Last night was more good than bad and #letwestbrookbewestbrook was crucial to forcing San Antonio into 13 turnovers.
Everyone will want to point to the 2012 Western Conference Finals, when the Thunder came back from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Spurs in six games. Including the regular season, the Thunder are now 6-0 against the Spurs when Ibaka is in the lineup and undefeated at home in their past nine meetings.
There’s been two sets of games in this series: the Spurs dominated their two home games against a short-handed Thunder squad, and then the Thunder did the same on their home floor with the return of their power forward. On Thursday, we’ll get a third: when the two teams meet on San Antonio’s floor with both teams at even strength for the first time this series. What happens now?
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