It’s a good lesson for these young Thunder: closing is hard to do.
Oklahoma City saved its most erratic, incomplete game for Monday night, which of course was the first opportunity to finish off the Nuggets and move on to the next challenge. Credit the Nuggets of course though for never once looking defeated. Those guys have a good amount of pride and definitely did not want this OKC team celebrating a series win on their floor.
But while the Thunder played an incredibly inconsistent, forced game, they had every opportunity to snatch away this game from the Nuggets. Russell Westbrook had a heave at the buzzer that could have sent it to overtime catch backboard and a little iron, but it was not meant to be. Game 5 in OKC, here we come.
The game was close throughout and while the Thunder piled up stops, they never took advantage and stretched out to a lead of much more than four or five. OKC played with fire the entire night, eventually letting the Nuggets turn on the propane with an 11-0 run to end the third and start the fourth quarter. Denver led throughout the fourth with the lead swelling to as much as 10 and nine with two minutes left. The Thunder wouldn’t die with Kevin Durant dropping a couple 3s, Westbrook scoring on a drive and Serge Ibaka hitting a jumper, but the hole was too big to climb out of.
That’s the quick summary of the game though. There’s a lot more to it. Keep Reading…