But - then THAT is why they play the games in a best-of-seven series!
The young Oklahoma City Thunder side regained their composure and protected their home court over the next two games and then led by Kevin Durant the Thunder stunned the Spurs on the road in Game 5. OKC closed out the series in game six at home and now the Thunder await the winner of the East finals.
A few players may have even turned off game six at halftime - expecting the Spurs and Thunder to go back to San Antonio for a seventh game after the Spurs went into game six at halftime up by 15 points ... but Oklahoma City didn’t panic and cut that deficit to a single point in the third quarter before wearing the Spurs down and coming away with a 107-99 win.
Kevin Durant had a monster game with 34 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, while Russell Westbrook added 25 points, eight boards and five assists for the Thunder, who shot 50% from the floor and hit 10 of their 18 three-point attempts. Oklahoma City is now going to go into the Finals as the favorites at betting sites, and Game 6 was a coming-of-age performance for the Thunder.
Tony Parker had a blistering first half for San Antonio en route to 29 points and 12 assists with one turnover, while Tim Duncan notched 25 points and 14 boards for the Spurs, but Manu Ginobili didn’t have a great game with 10 points. Stephen Jackson came off the bench in the Ginobili role with 23 points and hit six of his seven attempts from beyond the arc, but the Spurs seemed to run out of bullets in the second half and they just couldn’t keep up with the younger Thunder.
Now, there are a ton of questions to be asked in the offseason in San Antonio : does Duncan return? The future Hall of Famer is a free agent, but his age (36 years old) will be a bigger sticking point than getting a deal done. He showed he could still play with the best this season, and a returning Duncan would be a boost to San Antonio’s sports betting odds.
However, it is all about the Thunder right now and they could end up ruling the West if they can keep everyone together. Durant and Westbrook are 23, James Harden and Serge Ibaka are 22 and keeping these four are crucial to their success. But for now, they just have to worry about the Finals, where they’ll play either Boston or Miami (who play Game 7 of their series in Miami this weekend).
Regardless of the opponent, Oklahoma City will likely be the favorites in your online sportsbook.
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