NBA Finals: Kevin Durant plays through foul trouble

Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, KD picked up his fifth foul. That forced OKC to change its defense.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: June 15, 2012

DURANT PLAYS THROUGH FOUL TROUBLE

Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant picked up his fifth foul.

He stayed in the game and scored 16 of his 32 points after that point, but it changed the Thunder's defense as James Harden primarily defended LeBron James in the fourth.

Durant nearly picked up his sixth foul about midway through the quarter. He was in the middle of a fight for the ball, before finding Russell Westbrook for a basket that cut the Heat's lead to five points, the closest the game had been since the first five minutes of the game.

“It's tough to play with five, play with four in the third,” Durant said. “It's tough but I've got to stay aggressive. I tried to keep my team in it. They believed in me, and we had a chance. It's tough. It's tough to lose that one.”

IBAKA GETS BACK ON THE BLOCKS

After being held without a block for the first time in the playoffs and just the fourth time all year, it didn't take Serge Ibaka long to start making up for it.

Just more than four minutes into the game, Ibaka blocked a Dwyane Wade shot.

By the end of the first half, Ibaka had four blocks, all on Miami's “Big Three.”

He finished with five blocks and nearly had another in the second quarter but was instead called for goaltending on a Chris Bosh shot.

“It's something we can't control,” Ibaka said of some of the calls that went against the Thunder. “We need to do better to play our basketball.”

POSING WITH PERK

Kendrick Perkins normally is the last player to leave the Thunder locker room, and it's usually at least an hour after the game.

Roughly 15 minutes after Game 2, a dapper-looking Perkins was spotted walking briskly down the hallway outside the OKC locker room.

Perkins presumably was still angry about a no-call in the closing seconds when Durant appeared to be fouled by James.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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