After an abysmal start to the series, Oklahoma City Thunder have bounced back against the San Antonio Spurs to tie the Western Conference Finals series 2-2 after a huge 105-92 victory in game four at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The hosts looked dead and buried heading into game three after a shocking performance at the AT&T Centre where there was speculation that this was the end of the road for Scott Brooks' team, but after the return of Serge Ibaka and the roar from the home fans they have seen a hopeful return.
Russell Westbrook had an outstanding game recording 40 points while assisting ten, and after the game spoke to ESPN stating that Brooks urged his team to play their specific role, and that is how they'll win the championship.
"Coach told us he needed maximum effort from us tonight, and it starts with me at point guard. My job is to play both sides of the ball. If you want to win a championship, those are things you have to do."
The team talk seemed to work throughout as the hosts were in control of three of the four quarters, as Brooks had the confidence to play some of the bench players for the last period.
San Antonio Spurs on the other hand are in a difficult position having squandered a 2-0 lead to be pegged back heading home to San Antonio.
But for point guard Tony Parker he said to ESPN believing that it isn't a time to look at what has happened, but to look at what his side will accomplish by the end of the series.
"Each game is different. Each series. Each year. We worked hard all year to have home-court advantage, and now, it's our job to protect home court."
Gregg Popovich's men didn't turn up on Tuesday night as Parker and Boris Diaw were Spurs' top scorers with 14 points each.
From the tip-off Thunder got off to a lightning start taking the first quarter 26-20; Westbrook scored 11 while grabbing two assists with Kevin Durant adding seven. For Spurs only Parker led the way managing eight points in 11 minutes.
Thunder then moved up a gear to take the second quarter 32-20 where Durant this time stole the applause managing 15 points after scoring six of his seven attempted field goals, a good sight to see for Thunder fans after a quiet few games for the 2014 MVP.
Heading in at half time the hosts had a comfortable 15 point lead at 58-43, and they carried on their momentum into the third, taking the period 25-24.
Westbrook again getting into double figures recording 13 points, while for the visitors Boris Diaw hit nine scoring four of his seven attempted field goals.
At this point the hosts were cruising with a 16 point margin at 83-67, as Brooks was eying a second consecutive win in the series.
But considering Thunder took the win they lost the fourth 25-22, as Popovich decided as well to let the bench players work their magic.
Matt Bonner scored eight in 11 minutes of play while Cory Joseph added five.
Russell Westbrook meanwhile seemed to be a thorn in Spurs' side as the point guard carried on his scoring streak adding ten to take his tally to 23 in the second half.
Game five will take place on Thursday night at the AT&T Centre were Popovich will urge his players to regain their once established form in a must win game.
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