Westbrook Shines As Thunder Even Series With Spurs
Tuesday night the Oklahoma City Thunder were trying to do what they did in 2012, hold serve at home after dropping their first two in San Antonio to even up the Western Conference Finals. They did that by beating the Spurs 105-92.
OKC didn't start out great, but they warmed up fast. After railing 8-0 Oklahoma City found their flow. Thanks in large part to Russell Westbrook. He was everywhere on both offense and defense.
The Thunder go on a 13-2 run to take the lead highlighted by back-to-back jumpers from Russ. He had a game-high 40 and 10 rebounds.
His defense was smothering as well and created a lot of offense. He had a playoff best five steals. OKC scored 21 points off 13 San Antonio turnovers.
Kevin Durant added 31 points for Oklahoma City on 11-of-22 shooting. KD also had five rebounds and five assists.There was a scary moment for Reggie Jackson early in the first quarter when he sprained his right ankle and had to leave the game. He did return and played a little knocking down a three pointer.Tony Parker and Boris Diaw led the way for the Spurs with 14 points apiece. Kawhi Leonard added 10 points. Future hall of famer Tim Duncan was held to just nine points.
Oklahoma City led by as many as 27 points in the third quarter. The Spurs reserves cut that lead to 12 a couple of times, but couldn't make up the entire deficit.Game five of the series moves back to San Antonio on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 8:00pm. The series is now tied 2-2.