The unsung hero of Sunday’s game was Darren Collison, the Clippers’ reserve guard who scored 12 of his 18 points in that wild fourth quarter run.
Collison had been relatively ineffective series, going 6-of-18 shooting in the first three games, while being exploited by Russell Westbrook post-ups on the other end.
But he was a major factor in his 23 minutes on Sunday. His 18 points and seven rebounds were both playoff-highs.
“Darren Collison was amazing today,” Chris Paul said. “…You just got to love a guy like that who plays with so much heart and never gives up. Game ball goes to Darren Collison.”
And a podium game, too, with Collison among those to speak in a press conference format to the media afterward, something typically reserved for stars.
IBAKA’S LIMITED LOOKS
Despite his amazing efficiency in the postseason (62-of-99 shooting, 63 percent), Ibaka continues to get limited offensive opportunities.
On Sunday, he got a playoff-low five shots, making two of them – both threes – and scored only eight points. This came a game after he scored 20 points on only 10 shots, making nine.
STAT OF THE GAME
During a stretch in the fourth quarter, the Clippers scored on 18 of 19 possessions.
STAT OF THE GAME II
The Clippers outrebounded the Thunder 45-43 on Sunday. It was the first time in 11 playoff games OKC has been outrebounded.
Game 5 comes on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Tip is at 8:30 Oklahoma time on TNT. Game 6 will be back in Los Angeles on Thursday night.