Kevin Durant shines as the Thunder drop the San Antonio Spurs.
OKLAHOMA CITY—We said that they would do it in six and that is exactly what happened. The Thunder are the Western Conference champs and now have their feet kicked up awaiting the winner of the Eastern Conference finals.
Game 6 was an exact replica of how the entire series has gone. The Spurs took off fast and ran out of gas during the second leg of the race.
At one point San Antonio led by 18 points and had us all fooled for a second that we were headed for a Game 7 showdown on their homecourt.
Two things happened during part two of the contest. The Thunder started shooting better and the Spurs got tired.
There is no complicated pedestal to stand on. Kevin Durant was priceless throughout. Russell Westbrook did his thing and James Harden was the closer.
Kendrick Perkins contributed a monster slam to punctuate the whole thing and ring the bell on the Thunder’s era of supremacy in the West.
After the final seconds ran out Tim Duncan walked the court and made it a point to not only be a good sportsman and shake hands with the Thunder, but to also be an encouraging ambassador of the game to them in his words and gestures.
These days, we see a whole lot of pouting going on and it should be noted that even with his heart in knots, Duncan once again showed us how it’s done.
Durant double-doubled with 34 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Westbrook hosted 25 points and eight rebounds. Harden had 16 points.