Coming off the emotional win in Los Angeles less than 24 hours ago, it felt like the Thunder could be walking into a trap. It felt like this game could be a letdown. I was ready for it. I was almost convinced it would happen.
And Oklahoma City appeared well on its way to it after giving up 37 points in the second quarter which included 13 straight makes by the Kings. The Thunder just looked uninspired, unfocused and mostly flat.
Then Serge Ibaka roared. Like seriously, he roared.
Ibaka sparked the team with back-to-back blocks at the rim which led to a big Kevin Durant jumper that pulled OKC within one at the time. Before that, the Thunder had worked themselves back from nine points down, but still looked about half asleep. Sometimes teams need a jumpstart and Ibaka provided it. He was 1-5 in the first half but went 4-4 in the second to finished with 15 points to go with eight rebounds and six blocks.
Ibaka helped jolt the Thunder to a 36-26 advantage in the third, which carried them to a 120-112 victory. Keep Reading…