Off the back of a huge fourth quarter from Kevin Durant in Game 4 Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to capitalise on their home court advantage with a 109-103 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The victory drew the series at two a piece as both sides look to carry momentum into the remainder of the series.
Durant scored 18 of his 36 total points in the final term to go along with 8 assists and 6 rebounds, while Serge Ibaka added a career high 26 points, going 11 of 11 shooting, falling one short of the NBA post-season record for most shots taken without a miss.
After the scored were level at the end of the first, OKC pulled away during the second quarter, outscoring the men from San Antonio 29-17.
Tim Duncan top scored for the Spurs with 21 points, while adding 8 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to deny the Thunder from leveling up the series, and handing San Antonio their second straight loss after snapping their 20 game winning streak Friday.
The Thunder shot well from the floor, shooting at an impressive 56% in front of their home fans, while going 16-21 from the free throw line.
Game 3 MVP: Kevin Durant
Durant’s fourth quarter play Sunday was phenomenal, having a major role in the Thunders Game 4 victory. Being outscored by the Spurs 28-20 in the third, the 2011/12 NBA Scoring Champion's ability to score 18 points in the final period lifted Oklahoma City to an important victory.
KD’s ability to turn on arguably his best performance of the series in their most important game proves that he is vital to the Thunders playoff success.
Playing 44 minutes, Durants 36 points came from 13-20 from the floor and a 9 of 9 from the floor to go along with 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
With both teams holding home court, it now becomes a best of three series. The Thunder will surely be confident after knocking off the Spurs twice in a row, and look to carry that into Game 5 of the series, which tips off Tuesday at 11am EST from San Antonio.
Game 6 heads back to Oklahoma City Thursday, while Game 7, if required, will be Saturday back in San Antonio.
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