Saturday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder swayed the San Antonio Spurs’ swagger and squared the Western Conference Finals at two games apiece behind outstanding performances from bigs SERGE IBAKA and KENDRICK PERKINS as OKC rolled to a 109-103 victory at home.
Ibaka pitched a perfect game going 11-for-11 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line for a career-high 26 points while Perkins provided 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Witness Ibaka’s blazing hot performance…
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave credit where credit was due.
All their bigs were really outstanding tonight, what’d they hit like 22 of 25 or something crazy like that? If you did a shooting drill with nobody guarding you I don’t think you could do that,” Popovich said.
OKC’s bigs were huge but in order to insure victory, Oklahoma City needed their resident superstar Kevin Durant to close the deal. KD did just that, scoring 18 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to tie the series.
It is now a best-of-three for all to win the West. This Spurs-Thunder match-up had seven games written all over it at the start and I believe that is what we’re going to see.
First team to blink at home may be staying home for the summer. Let’s see who brings the nasty now.