DALLAS — In Game 4 on Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks finished the fourth quarter with a 17-2 run in the last 4:49.
In Game 5 on Wednesday night, the Mavs finished with a 17-6 run in the last 5:49.
Put the two together and now the Oklahoma City Thunder is finished.
The first collapse brought a 112-105 overtime loss at home. The second brought a 100-96 setback after a gallant battle on the road.
Both failures abruptly ended the season for the Northwest Division champions, who rarely lost two straight games. The Thunder wound up being eliminated from the Western Conference Finals by suffering only its second three-game losing streak in a 99-game season.
"I'm proud of our guys," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said afterward. "They battled for the entire 48 minutes. We came up short. It's unfortunate, but I have nothing but praise for our team."
On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain of the last two losses probably each registered around a 19.
Actually, Wednesday's loss might have come in at a 20.
"This one's got to hurt more," Thunder reserve point guard Eric Maynor said without hesitation. "We're done."
OKC's season came to a close because the Thunder couldn't close out a game, though Maynor disagrees.
"We just fell short, man," said Maynor, who played 11 minutes, 47 seconds of the final period and went 0 for 3 with four fouls and two turnovers. "We closed games all year. If people want to make judgments over two games, that's on them, but I think we closed games all year. We just fell short."
The Thunder had seven turnovers in the fourth quarter that resulted in 11 points for the Mavs. In the first three quarters, OKC had six turnovers that resulted in 10 points.
Through three quarters, Dallas had eight offensive rebounds for seven second-chance points. In the fourth quarter, the Mavs had six offensive boards for seven second-chance points.
Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki even admitted the breaks started going his team's way late in the game.
"We really got fortunate down there with a couple of bounces," Nowitzki said. "We had some lucky bounces."
Brooks said he was unaware his team had seven turnovers in the final period. "Sometimes, those are the breaks of the game," Brooks said. "You make a shot that keeps the momentum going. You miss a shot, they get an opportunity to get out and run."
The Thunder managed just two points in its last six possessions, while the Mavs scored 10 in their last four possession.
Can the Thunder take away anything from playing a team of strong finishers like the Mavs, who are now headed to the NBA Finals?
"We weren't worried about them," Maynor said. "We were worried about ourselves. I thought tonight we played harder. We played harder for 48 minutes."