Thunder comes of age with win over Spurs
The Thunder’s age or relative inexperience is no longer an issue. Immature squads don’t come back from 18-point deficits against teams like the San Antonio Spurs.
Oklahoma City did just that Wednesday night, staving off what appeared to be a certain Game 7 back in San Antonio with a rousing second half. Led by future MVP Kevin Durant, the Thunder punched their ticket to the NBA Finals by eliminating the Spurs 107-99 in Game 6.
“I just think we believed from when we went down and got into halftime, guys came together and said we can come out with this win,” Russell Westbrook said. “I think coming out of the half we did a great job defensively picking up our intensity, being a little more aggressive, and that’s Thunder basketball, and that’s what got us the win.”
Oklahoma City also rallied from a 2-0 series deficit with four straight wins against the top-seeded team in the Western Conference. Boston or Miami is up next for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City will have the home-court advantage for the Finals, which begin Tuesday. Getting an extra home game means something, considering the raucous atmosphere at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“It means a lot,” Durant said. “Whoever we play, two great teams, two great teams. Like I’ve been saying, we can’t rely on our crowd, 100 percent on our crowd. We’ve just got to come out there and start the game off with a lot of energy.
“It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a tough road for us, and we’re looking forward to that opportunity, and it’s a great feeling right now, but tomorrow we’ve just got to get over it and get ready to see who we play.”