The Thunder accomplished the task, sweeping the defending champions. That’s the hard news. But holy beard, what an incredible win.
If you wanted something to make you feel like this team is actually championship worthy, save that fourth quarter on your DVR and set it to erase never. I’ve never watched this team and felt that kind of pride. They’ve played some wonderful games, had some impressive wins, piled up a lot of outstanding efforts, but the mental toughness it took to overcome a 13-point fourth quarter deficit in a closeout game on the road — wow.
It started and finished with James Harden, who showed the world what all of us in Oklahoma City have seen all season. On any given night, he can be the best player on the floor. And that’s one that he shares with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He scored 15 of his playoff career-high 29 in the fourth quarter, doing it in typical Harden style. He got into the pick-and-roll, isolated, attacked and finished. It was similar to what we saw Harden do in that Houston game, except this time, Scott Brooks wasn’t afraid to just let Harden seal the deal. Keep Reading…