“One Win Away”: Thunder-Warriors Game 4 Recap

Kevin Durant and the Thunder are one win away from the Finals. (USA TODAY Sports)
Kevin Durant and the Thunder are one win away from the Finals. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Scoop: cleaning up last night’s action in the Association…

Western Conference Finals (Game 4)

Warriors 94, THUNDER 118

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(Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Russell Westbrook – 36 | REBS: Andre Roberson – 12 | ASTS: Westbrook – 11

Top DOG of the Night: Russell Westbrook (36 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists)

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Quick Recap: 

A new world order is at hand! Well, not just yet but the defending champs are now in a 3-1 hole following another blowout win by OKC. After jumping out to a 22-8 lead to start the game, Russell Westbrook (f***** around and got ANOTHER trip-dub) went berserk, totaling 21 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds BY HALFTIME.

At the end of two, OKC held a 19-point advantage and the Dubs never recovered.

Play of the Day:

Takeaway:

Stephen Curry was awful (19 points, 6-20 shooting). Only he, Harrison Barnes & Klay Thompson (26 points, was pressing with tough threes as GS attempted a late run) reached double figures.

You have to figure the Dubs will come out with a vengeance in Game 5 but it’s insane to believe how dominant OKC has looked through 4 games. The champs still have a fighting chance but is it enough to avoid elimination?

Tonight’s key takeaway for OKC is their supporting cast “turning the corner.” Though guys like Steven Adams (11 points, 7 boards) & Dion Waiters have played well most of the postseason, everyone was on the same page and a balanced effort was the direct result.

Adams was strong defensively, Waiters was effective (10 points, 3 dimes) with his rock up, shoot (OR PASS) game, Andre Roberson was money on both ends (17 points, 12 boards) & Serge Ibaka provided a nice punch (17 points, 7 boards).

Russ & KD got all the help they needed and OKC’s overall team defense was as stingy as ever.

That’s why they’re on the verge of the Finals.

OKC leads series, 3-1. 

#DOFGAME #DOG

-Jabari J. 

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