SAN ANTONIO — It was coming. At some point, the Spurs run was coming.
But after the Thunder closed the third on a 5-0 spurt taking a solid nine-point lead to the fourth, it appeared maybe they had withstood it and were establishing a little superiority. Alas, three points over the first six minutes of the fourth quarter eventually doomed the Thunder, allowing the Spurs to a 39-point fourth quarter and a 12-point swing over the last 12 minutes.
A lot of things happened that accounted for the meltdown. It looked painfully like last season’s Western Conference Finals, except for the fact it happened six minutes earlier in the game. Kevin Durant couldn’t get the ball in workable situations. Russell Westbrook was limited. And James Harden wasn’t a factor running the pick-and-roll. The game slipped away, one Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal bucket at a time.
It’s the way the Spurs kill you. Slowly and methodically. Which leaves you looking back at the game feeling like you missed a big opportunity. Keep Reading…