Seven of Ibaka's field goals came with the margin standing at seven points or less, and six of his baskets were from 15 feet and beyond.
Marv Albert and Reggie Miller grew more mesmerized by the minute while calling the game for TNT, Albert putting emphasis on each syllable Serge Ibaka's name as only he can.
Most impressive was how Ibaka scooted to perfection.
He set screens, he moved without the ball, he flashed to the passer with fluid cuts and he floated into open spaces. On each trip, Ibaka made sure he was ready to receive a pass, keeping his hands high above his waist and his feet set when positioned to catch and shoot.
Ibaka shockingly doesn't consider that June night as his best offensive performance. He didn't name another that tops his list. The only other that comes close is Nov. 15, 2010, when Ibaka scored regular season career high 22 points at Utah, making nine of 13 shots.
“The good thing about it,” Ibaka said, “is it was the right moment, a moment where my team needed it; a big moment, a conference final.”
In typical Thunder fashion, no one is blowing the performance out of proportion. While still amazed at what Ibaka did that night, everyone who witnessed it is quick to point out that it was just one game.
“I don't put a lot into it,” Brooks said. “I like to (judge) players (on) consistency. I'd rather have a player who's solid all year long instead of great games and bad games, great games and bad games.”
Ibaka strives for that same steadiness, which is why he's over that one magical night. He also knows his role as the fourth offensive option (at best) on the Thunder and understands that he rarely will get as many looks as he did in that Game 4.
“It's not going to happen every night,” Ibaka said. “The thing I can control is keep working hard and playing my game. When the time will come, it will come.”
But that's what made June 2 so special.
It was a moment when potential turned into production and when 41 minutes left everyone salivating over what exactly is in store for the future.
“To me the sky's the limit for Serge,” said Perkins. “I feel like all he's got to do is just continue to work and continue to try to get better.
“If he gets it in his mind that he wants to be one of the top power forwards in the league, it's not hard for him.”