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Steven Adams says he almost fainted because the Thunder crowd was so loud

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The Oklahoma City Thunder evened their Western Conference semi-finals series against the San Antonio Spurs at 2-2 after a huge fourth quarter showing. 

Kevin Durant scored 41 points in the 111-97 win - tying his playoff career high - as they finally put their fourth quarter demons to rest by closing out a tough game four. 

The win keeps the Thunder firmly in the series and with the momentum heading back to San Antonio. 

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After losing game three on their home floor on Saturday, OKC knew they couldn't drop a second straight game at home and their leading scorer delivered when it mattered most in front of a rapturous crowd. 

The Chesapeake Energy Arena was rocking throughout the fourth quarter as the Thunder made play after play on both ends of the floor, particularly by Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The atmosphere created by the 18,203 fans was among the best ever seen at the Thunder's house but it should come as no surprise as they are considered among the loudest fans in the league. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

Thunder center Steven Adams was certainly taken aback by the noise the crowd made to help the team get the victory and paid tribute to the fans after the game.

“Couldn't hear a thing, man,” Steven Adams said, per the Oklahoman. “Couldn't hear myself think or nothing. Just constant screaming. It was definitely the loudest. Especially after those big plays from those two. I almost fainted, bro.”

Durant also acknowledged the role of the fans after the game, describing the arena as the "loudest I've ever heard it".

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

Head coach Billy Donovan also added: "The last two games have just been incredible, we really appreciate how loud the place was."

On any given night, the OKC crowd rivals the Golden State Warriors for the most raucous in the league and it is clear that they played their part in Donovan's men securing a vital victory.

Stepping up

In what was arguably the biggest fourth quarter of the season for the Thunder, they needed one of their superstars to take over and Durant duly obliged, stepping up big for his team. 

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

Overall, Oklahoma City outscored the Spurs 34-16 in the fourth, with KD scoring 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor, more than the entire Spurs team. The 2014 MVP recorded a total of 29 points in the second half.

"When you have a deep team, those 40-point nights -- they don't come a lot," Durant said. "I'm just trying to be consistent in what I do, and I know in any given moment, I can go off and get a few shots."

Durant may have had the big night but this win was a collective effort by a Thunder team who has been criticised often for being too over reliant on their big two. 

Westbrook added 14 points and 15 assists, Adams contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds and Waiters came up big off the bench with 17 points. 

The series is now finely poised as this back and forth battle heads back to San Antonio for game five on Wednesday.

Topics:
NBA
Western Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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