Thunder Dominate Game 3 - Game 4 a Must Win
Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Spurs and Thunder is tomorrow night at 8:30 P.M. E.S.T. in Oklahoma City.
Hoopsvibe's Quick Call: In my opinion, it is a must win for the Thunder.
After going down 2-0 in the series, OKC came back with a vengeance at home last night against the Spurs, beating them by 20, 102-82. It ended San Antonio's 20 game win streak and was the first game that the Spurs have lost this postseason.
Just when it looked like San Antonio was a far superior team, the Thunder came out strong in game 3 and never looked back. They opened the game on an 8-0 run and were up 15 points at halftime.
They were able to hold Tim Duncan to only 11 points but probably even more significant was holding Tony Parker to just 16 points and 4 assists. (Especially since Parker was coming off a 34 point performance in game 2).
The OKC fans were going crazy from the opening tip and it seemed as if the Thunder just fed off that energy all game. Mainly because the offensive contribution was much more spread out than it was in games 1 and 2. While Durant did lead his team with 22 points, they got extremely valuable production on offense and defense from Thabo Sefolosha, who finished with 19 points, 6 steals, 6 rebounds and 1 block. Harden had 15, Ibaka added 14 and point guard, Russell Westbrook had 10 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks.
That's how the stat sheet will need to look in order for the Thunder to beat a talented, well-coached team like San Antonio. And they most certainly need to win game 4 tomorrow night because it will be tough to bounce back if they're down 3 games to 1 heading back to San Antonio.
On a side note, last night was Derek Fisher's 221st playoff game, which gives him the longest streak of any active player and puts him in 3rd place all time for most playoff games played in a career, behind only Robert Horry and Kareem Abdul-Jabar.
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