Sunday, June 3, 2012

Durant Goes Wild, Ibaka Was Perfect And Thunder Even Series With Spurs

Now that’s the Kevin Durant we know and love.

After going into the halftime locker room with only eight points Durant emerged from the locker room for the second half the player we saw during the regular season, a scoring machine.
In the fourth quarter Durant couldn’t miss with 16 consecutive points as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 to even the NBA Western Conference series at 2-2.

"My teammates did a great job always encouraging me," Durant said. "The Spurs, their defense was so good early in the game.   In the fourth quarter, my teammates set great screens, had great passes."

While Durant would have 36 points in game four against the Spurs  perhaps he was encouraged by the performance of Serge Ibaka.    Who wouldn’t be all Ibaka did was have a career night with 26 points and a ridiculous 11-11 from the field.  Only Larry McNeill's 12-for-12 night for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1975 was more perfect that Ibaka.

With the series now even at two games the Thunder/Spurs feels like a whole new series.

Even a tougue lashing by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich  wasn't enough to overcome the heroics of Kevin Durant.

Game five is Monday in San Antonio.

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