The Spurs have been here before. The Thunder have been here before. History is having a nasty way of repeating itself for San Antonio. And not in a good way. The lesson the Spurs should have learned two years ago they may be incapable of learning.
San Antonio and Oklahoma City have exchanged pairs of home blowouts each looking equally inept in their losses. We now have a best-of-3 series to determine an NBA finalist after the Thunder defeated the Spurs 105-92.
The Thunder got tremendous games from their pair of stars — Kevin Durant poured in 31 points and Russell Westbrook had 41 points to go with 10 assists. They were unstoppable once the Thunder got rolling. San Antonio’s 8-0 run to start the game seemed to be the only high point for the team. From there, it was Westbrook’s energy and bravado that propelled Oklahoma City forward.
This was not about Serge Ibaka. Not anymore. Maybe Game Three was about that.
This was about the Thunder dominating the game and controlling the pace of play. Everything went right for them. Everything went wrong for the Spurs.
How else can you explain San Antonio being led in scoring by Boris Diaw with 14 points. Tony Parker did have 14, I guess.
Westbrook and Durant did more by themselves than the top two scorers from the Spurs did combined.
Game. Set. Match.
On to Game Five. San Antonio has some serious questions to answer as the team continues to struggle to solve the fully healthy Oklahoma City team.