NBA Playoffs: Saturday Night Reaction

San Antonio Spurs  96            Los Angeles Clippers  86  

(Spurs Lead 3-0)

May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) blocks a dunk attempt by Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) in the second half of game three of the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. San Antonio Spurs won 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

This looks to be the Spurs’ Championship to lose as they stormed back in the third quarter with a ridiculous run of 24-0 as they were down by 24 points at some point in this game.   Here’s the better stat to show how dominant the Spurs were in that third quarter, the Clippers put up 8 points.  That’s right, 8 points in a quarter.  I feel like I could play pickup basketball and score more than 8 points in a quarter.  Of course that wouldn’t be against this impressive Spurs team.  But the point is there, this Spurs team is looking great.  They end up winning the game by double digits and haven’t lost in 17 games.  Ten game winning streak into the playoffs, and now they’ve won seven straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder  103            Los Angeles Lakers  100  (

Thunder Lead 3-1)

May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a basket and foul in the second half of game four of the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Thunder won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Thunder found a way to win this game, and now can put the finishing touches on the Lakers come game five as they lead the series 3-1.  Russell Westbrook put up 37 points with 10 of those points in the fourth quarter as the Thunder rallied in the final period again.  Kevin Durant put up his own 31 points with a later three pointer to seal the deal for the Thunder.  Having two guys put up that many points is going to be tough to defend.  The Thunder finished this game on a 22-8 run to make sure they wouldn’t have any comeback from the Lakers.  If the Lakers win this game, we have a series.  But now looking at a 3-1 lead for the Thunder and game five in Oklahoma City on Monday night, this one should be over and done.

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