(Thunder Lead Series 3-2)
Hard to believe that score up there, and hard to believe that the Thunder are leading this series. They say a NBA series doesn’t start till the road team wins, so now this series has started, and the Thunder look to be in control of this. Just a game away from their first trip to the NBA Finals with a game at home, that’s good odds for them. This game was won in the fourth quarter thanks to some stepping up by the bearded man himself, James Harden.
Harden put up some big points in that final quarter for a total of 20 when all was said and done. Perhaps the most clutch shot he made was that three pointer that looked like a line drive and I expected to brick off the rim. I’ve not seen the guy play that much, but he does have a bit of an ugly shot at times. That shot he made looked ugly, but there was confidence behind it and it sailed in.
The Spurs did put a run together to get the game within 2 points after an 11-0, so they weren’t going away quietly. But now all those 20 victories seemed like a thing of the past, and the Spurs don’t look like themselves at all. Gregg Popovich even inserted Manu Ginobili into the starting lineup for a change, usually that signals something needs to be done. Ginobili stepped up as well and got a career high in the playoffs with 34 points. But still not enough to overcome the fire power of the Thunder.
Kevin Durant puts up 27, while Russell Westbrook added 23. Those guys just know how to score and are working well together now. Things are going to be good there for the coming seasons.
But this season isn’t done yet, and you have to wonder what’s going on with the Spurs. Do you give all the credit for the Thunder for finding what works and sticking to it? To me, that seems more of the thing here. The Thunder are riding their stars, and stars win the game. Come game six, we’ll see what the Thunder can do to put away this Spurs team.