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NBA Playoffs 2016: Kevin Durant keeps playoff hopes for the Thunder, ties series 2-2

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Kevin Durant once again established a monstrous performance after the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 111-97, in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Durant led the Thunder by scoring 41 points and Russell Westbrook added 14 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds in order to keep the hopes up for the Thunder.

The Spurs seemed to be in control of the game after establishing a 10-point lead, 27-17, in the end of the first quarter. The Thunder tried to close the gap before the end of the first half but the Spurs kept their dominance in the offensive end.

In the fourth quarter of the game, the Thunder found their rhythm and started to dominate the Spurs by establishing 34-16, resulting the outcome of the game to be in their favor. Tim Duncan and Danny Green were unable to help the Spurs in the offensive end after finishing the game scoreless.

”They just outplayed us,” Aldridge said of the Thunder’s dominant fourth quarter via Yahoo Sports. ”They made more plays than us. They got to the ball faster. They crashed the boards harder. We took tough shots. We had open shots, too. We didn’t make shots. They played better than we did down the stretch.”

Spurs head coach Greg Popovich praised Kevin Durant saying that he deserved the credit and also added that Durant was fantastic.

The first win of the Thunder against the Spurs became controversial after the referees revealed that there should be call in the remaining seconds in Game 2 where Dion Waiters initiated a contact with Manu Ginobili. Many believe that the result would have been different if the referees made the right call.

However, in the recent game, the Thunder have proven that they really have the ability to defeat the veteran Spurs. This leads them to tie the series 2-2.

Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs will be on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.

Here are some of the game highlights in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs:

Video courtesy: Youtube/NBA Conference

Photo courtesy: Logopedia/Wikimedia Commons

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