The scorching hot Oklahoma City Thunder leads San Antonio 58-43 at halftime of game #4 of their NBA Western Conference Finals playoff series at a rowdy Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown OKC. The start was *not* good for the Thunder, as San Antonio hit it’s first 3 shots to jump out to an 8-0 lead.
But after that, OKC went on several runs to close out a solid 1st quarter leading 26-20. Russell Westbrook had a brilliant first half with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals while NBA “Most Valuable Player” Kevin Durant is in a ZONE…with 22 first half points on a 9-12 shooting night so far.
The Thunder has completely changed its look after dropping the first 2 games of the series in Texas and Serge Ibaka is again having an impact. After returning from injury prior to game #3, Ibaka has 6 points, 4 rebounds and a couple of blocked shots at the intermission. As a team, the Thunder has 16 blocked shots in the last game and-a-half against the shocked Spurs.
One negative for OKC was an early injury to starting off-guard Reggie Jackson, who sprained his right ankle when he got tangled up with Danny Green of the Spurs underneath the Thunder basket just 3-1/2 minutes into the fray. Jackson went straight to the locker room after that, but he did start the 2nd quarter. However he was quickly tripped in the corner by the Spurs Manu Ginobili, and Jackson went to the locker room again – and stayed there for the remainder of the half. His return is questionable.
OKC is shooting 51% at the break while San Antonio is shooting 42% – but the Thunder is winning the battle of the boards (24-18) and they’re getting to the free throw line with 11 attempts to just 6 for the visitors from San Antonio.
If the Thunder wins, it will tie the best-of-7 series at 2 wins each, with game #5 set for Thursday night back in San Antonio.