Ibaka held to six points on 3-10 shooting and two rebounds
The Oklahoma City Thunder knew that the task at hand would not be an easy one and, they had proven over the course of the regular season that the Spurs were beatable. Even in the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder were able to absorb the Spurs Home Court Advantage and even the series at home.
In a game of adjustments, Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks knew the Spurs would have one waiting at the AT&T Center.
“Their adjustment [was] they played a much better game,” Brooks said. “That is a good team that scores in bunches and they close out quarters, and they get you running after the ball. You have to be able to contain that basketball. … We gave them everything they wanted. They got the dribble drive, they got the three-point line, and they got to the free-throw line.”
The Thunder have the opportunity to make their adjustments as they meet the Spurs in Game six of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow at 7:30. Great seats and cheap tickets still remain! Be sure to get yours now!
The come from behind victory in game five for the Thunder will serve as the baseline for what will be needed to take out Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder know Clippers collapse is nothing to count on in game six and Doc Rivers doesn’t expect that they will.
“You don’t win it easy,” Rivers said. “We’re trying to do something special here and be something special. And if you’re trying to stand out in any job, it’s going to be hard. You’re going to face adversity, and you’ve just got to accept that that’s part of the process. Yeah, this is hard. It’s supposed to be. And that’s the only thing I told our guys. What’s going on right now is exactly what should happen to win. You have to go through stuff to win, and you’ve just got to deal with it.”
The Thunder are hoping to survive to get back home court advantage and a game 7 to end the series. Be sure to get your tickets now before they are all gone!
The Oklahoma City Thunder used an emotional speech form the 2014 MVP Kevin Durant as a springboard to 112-101 victory last night as Durant and the Thunder drew even with the LA Clippers in the Western Conference Semi-finals.
The MVP finished game two with 32 points and 12 rebounds while teammate and “MVP-Caliber player” Russell Westbrook finished with a triple double; 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds
The series shifts to Los Angeles for games 3 & 4 and the Clippers are looking to get back on track on their home court and playing more physical defense.
“It was the perfect storm,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. “They did everything they could to win, and they got everything they wanted tonight. That wasn’t the Clippers team we’ve been and I’m sure we’ll get back on track.”
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Los Angeles Clippers Point Guard Chris Paul shrugged off any nagging/lingering injuries and put together one of the most complete games of his career. In under seven minutes, Paul had connected on five three pointers tying his career high en route to a 32 points, 10 assists, three rebounds and a steal. He was 8-9 from the three-point line and 12-14 from the field.
“C.P. really set the tone for us to start the game,” Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “His being aggressive at the start really helped us. Tonight he just looked great and we just had one of those nights when everything was going in.”
The Thunder were led by Russel Westrbrook who had 29 points on 9-14 shooting from the field but just 2-5 from the three-point line.
“We have to play better on defense,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “They were making shots, getting to the line and making 3s. Chris had an unbelievable night. We have to do a better job guarding the 3-point line.”
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The Memphis Grizzlies went into Chesapeake Energy Arena confident that they can hang with Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Thus far in the series, which was tied at two games apiece, three of the four games went into overtime. Game 5 was no different. Setting an NBA record for consecutive overtime games, the Grizzles were led by Mike Conley who scored a team high 21 points sending the Thunder home in overtime 100-99 and only one game from a long summer vacation.
The Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook who had 30 points and 13 assists, now have to regroup and see if they can answer the Grizzlies back.
“We knew it was going to be tough, they’re a great team, now we have to put all our energy and focus into the next game,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “We have to pick ourselves up and get ready and we have 48 hours to do that.”
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Durant extends his own streak
It was bound to happen and the Oklahoma City Thunder were more than happy to take to take the San Antonio Spurs to task once again. And once again, the Thunder did not disappoint. Not only did the franchise end the Spurs winning streak, they completed a sweep of their league leading nemises.
“That’s a big thing,” Westbrook said. “When you have a team that’s a good basketball team — they’re the No. 1 team in the West, and we want to be the best team, you’ve got to beat the best. I think we did a great job of that tonight.”
Kevin Durant did his normal thing, hitting the magic number of 25 and finishing with 28 points to extend his 25+ streak to 39 games. It was with 3:31 left in the game that point # 25 came.
“That was a cool feeling,” Durant said. “I don’t want to take those moments for granted. It’s not what I’m really playing the game for, but it is still cool to see that support from such great fans, no matter what.”
The fact that the Thunder swept the Spurs is a much bigger issue. If the two teams meet again in the playoffs, it will be in the Western Conference Finals which, only two teams in history have ever done what the Spurs hope to do; beat them in a seven game series. Only the 1986 Celtics and 1989 Pistons were able to beat the team in the Conference Finals that swept them in the regular season.
The Thunder next face the Rockets on the road while their next home game will be against the Pelicans next Friday. Get your tickets now!