“RESILIENCY. IT DEFINES OUR TEAM.”
The motto that has been used all season long, became especially true during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s comeback from behind win in Game 6, Wednesday night, against the San Antonio Spurs, 107-99, clinching a spot in the NBA Finals.
The win sealed an unbelievable series comeback, as the Thunder won their next 4 games after San Antonio won the first two.
The Thunder trailed by as many as 18 but outscored the Spurs by 23 in the second half. Kevin Durant had a spectacular game, playing all 48 minutes, finishing with a game high 34 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, handing out 5 assist, blocking 2 shots and even drawing a charge.
His running mate, point guard Russell Westbrook, also came up huge with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. James Harden added 16 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in with 10 of his own.
The Spurs started hot, leading 34-20 after the first quarter and 63-48 at halftime, but they just couldn’t weather the storm in the second half, as they were outscored 59-36.
It was only three seasons ago that Oklahoma City’s new team, who had moved from Seattle, was 3-29 , heading towards having the worst record in NBA history. They finished this lock-out ridden season 47-19, 2nd place in the Western Conference.
The franchise will play for the NBA title for the first time since 1996, when it was in Seattle. They are 4 games away from winning their first NBA championship trophy, one year after losing in the Conference Finals, against the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks.
Game 1 of the NBA finals will be Tuesday night in Oklahoma City against either Boston or Miami. The Celtics lead 3-2 and can earn a trip to the finals with a win at home in Game 6, tonight. Good Luck!