Once upon a time in 2012, the San Antonio Spurs had a 2-0 series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But then Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden woke up and put the old-timers to bed by winning the next four games.
But this isn’t 2012. It’s 2014, and although it looked like the nightmare the Spurs went through two seasons ago was creeping back up on them, history won’t repeat itself and San Antonio will live to see its home court again if all else fails in Oklahoma City.
But the Spurs didn’t want to just win and swing momentum back in their favor; Greg Popovich and the gang wanted to absolutely smother the Thunder, and that’s just what they did. Durant had only 25 points, nine of which came in the second half. Westbrook finished with 21 points and seven assists, which paled in comparison to his Game 4 performance of 40 points, 10 assists. And as for the Spurs’ killer, Serge Ibaka: six points and two rebounds was all he was able to muster.
On the other side, the Spurs played flawlessly. Their league-leading bench stepped up with Manu Ginobili putting up 19 points along with six assists and Boris Diaw also contributed a very impactful 13 points.
This 117-89 blowout victory may or may not mean much for the series. As we all witnessed, Oklahoma City enjoyed two blowout victories at home only to return to San Antonio and find themselves as the ones throwing in the towel early.
But what this does mean for the Spurs is the peace of mind knowing they now have the upper hand. Not so much for the Thunder, who now face elimination. Luckily for Oklahoma City, the MVP is returning to his home court and if this series has shown us anything, we can expect a blowout and a Game 7 in San Antonio with an NBA Finals appearance on the line.