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LEONARD SHINES LATE
If nothing else, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard made things interesting in the final two minutes after Kevin Durant took over in the fourth quarter.
Leonard hit a pair of 3-pointers to cut the Thunder's lead to six with 1:23 remaining before Durant's streak of 16 consecutive points was snapped when he found James Harden wide open for a 3-pointer of his own. That put Oklahoma City ahead by nine.
Leonard finished with 17 points, hitting 3 of 4 from behind the 3-point line and going 7 of 8 from the floor overall.
After Game 3 on Thursday night, a crowd of roughly 500 lingered to watch the TNT postgame show in the southwest corner of The Peake.
After Game 4, the crowd appeared to have grown to approximately 1,000 people, who incessantly chanted “O-K-C” during commercial breaks.
SLOW TO RESPOND
With 55.4 seconds left in the first quarter, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook single-handedly was responsible for a six-point swing after he missed a layup and was slow to get back on defense. Westbrook made a last-second dash to contest Manu Ginobili's 3-pointer from the left wing, which he made while being fouled. Ginobili made the free throw to give San Antonio a 26-24 lead.
OKC coach Scott Brooks immediately inserted Thabo Sefolosha for Westbrook, who didn't return until the 6:17 mark of the second quarter.
DeJuan Blair started 62 games for the Spurs during the regular season and remained in the starting lineup at the outset of the playoffs.
But since the final two games of the second-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Blair has been virtually glued to the bench.
He did not play in either of the first two games of the Western Conference Finals and only entered Game 3 when the Thunder led by 23 in the fourth quarter.
Before Game 4 on Saturday night, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Blair.
“You know, you can't play everybody, but maybe he'll be somebody that plays,” Popovich said. “We'll see what the game brings.”
Blair entered in the third quarter with the Thunder leading 68-58 and gave the Spurs an immediate spark, scoring the first time he touched the ball.
San Antonio outscored the Thunder 17-7 during Blair's stretch on the floor. He finished with two points, two rebounds a steal and a block in 9:36 of playing time.
ADJUSTING TO ADJUSTMENTS
Popovich figured Thunder coach Scott Brooks would mostly stick with what worked for Oklahoma City in Game 3 instead of anticipating his countermoves.
“I'm going to guess that if things work, you pretty much stick with them,” Popovich said. “We'd expect they might switch the pick-and-roll again like they did last night or the night before. Usually, that's not going to change too much if it's working pretty well.”
The Thunder did stick with a lot of what worked in the Game 3 win, especially early, though Kendrick Perkins was much more involved on the offensive end.
The Thunder had a 9-0 lead in fast-break points in the first half and did not score any in the second half to finish with a 9-3 advantage. ... OKC out-rebounded San Antonio 41-31 and had a 13-9 advantage in second-chance points. ... The Spurs scored 14 of their first 19 points in the paint and outscored the Thunder there 52-48 for the game.