|Date of game: 5/27/2014
Recap: Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - The Western Conference finals is headed back to San Antonio tied at two games apiece after the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to another convincing home win on Tuesday.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were again at their best as the Thunder ran past the Spurs, 105-92, in Game 4 to inject a little deja vu into this suddenly tight series.
When these teams met two years ago in the West finals, the Spurs won the first two games at home, only to lose the next four to the younger, hungrier upstarts.
The script has remained the same over the first four games this time around, in part because of Serge Ibaka's return, but mostly because Westbrook and Durant have been nearly unstoppable.
"We're not even thinking about 2012. We've moved on from that," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said, downplaying the parallels.
The otherworldly play of Oklahoma City's star duo was on full display Tuesday, as Westbrook finished with 40 points, 10 assists, five steals and five rebounds, while Durant poured in 31 points on just 22 shots.
The Thunder shot 50.8 percent from the field over the first three quarters to build a substantial lead, one aided by a staggering 21-0 advantage in fastbreak points
"That was one of our keys going into this series," Brooks said of the transition game. "We played with great toughness tonight."
Tony Parker scored 14 points, while the other two-thirds of San Antonio's Big 3 -- Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili -- totaled 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
"(Westbrook and Durant) played great. You have to give them credit," Parker remarked. "They played a great game and we're going to have to do a better job to slow them down. If they're going to score that many points, it's going to be hard for us to win."
Boris Diaw added 14 with 10 rebounds off the bench for the Spurs, who host Game 5 on Thursday.
Kawhi Leonard scored six of his 10 points in the first two minutes of the game as the reigning conference champions raced out to an 8-0 lead in the blink of an eye.
Oklahoma City was not rattled even though starting guard Reggie Jackson rolled his ankle and limped to the locker room midway through the opening quarter.
Rather than sulk, the Thunder turned up the intensity and ended the frame on a 13-2 surge. Steven Adams' awkward jump hook in the lane gave the hosts their first lead at 19-18, and it was one they never relinquished.
The margin was 26-20 after 12 minutes and stretched to 34-24 four minutes into the second following Ibaka's fastbreak slam off a Westbrook steal.
Durant scored eight points in a 1:02 span later in the quarter with two 3- pointers and a fallaway jumper, and Jeremy Lamb even got in on the act with a late triple that sent the Thunder into the locker room with a healthy 58-43 cushion.
Jackson was back in the game by the start of the second half and fed Durant for an alley-oop dunk on yet another fastbreak, then added a 3-pointer during a 12-0 stretch that all but put the game away.
Westbrook's dunk capped the flurry and gave Oklahoma City a game-high 27-point lead at 76-49 with under five minutes to play in the third, and the closest San Antonio got from there was a dozen in garbage time.
None of the Spurs' starters played a minute in the fourth quarter. The club shot under 40 percent (39.8) from the floor for the second straight game.Game Notes
Westbrook became the first player to put up 40 points, 10 assists and five
steals in a playoff game since Michael Jordan in 1989. ... Ibaka donated nine
points, eight rebounds and three blocks ... The Spurs committed 13 turnovers
that led to 21 points ... Oklahoma City turned it over seven times.