The Thunder's 108-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 on Monday night at the AT&T Center ended the home team's dominance in the Western Conference Finals.
This should have been anticipated because in the 66-year history of the NBA (and BAA) playoffs, only 18 times have home teams won every game in a best-of-seven series.
The Eastern Conference Finals between Miami and Boston has been all about home court thus far.
Here are the 18 series decided with the home team winning every game:
YEAR; ROUND; RESULT
1955; NBA Finals; Syracuse def. Fort Wayne
1959; Eastern Division Finals; Boston def. Syracuse
1962; Eastern Division Finals; Boston def, Philadelphia
1963: Western Division Finals; LA Lakers def. St. Louis
1965; Eastern Division Finals; Boston def. Philadelphia
1971; Western Conference semifinals; LA Lakers def. Chicago
1973; Western Conference semifinals; LA Lakers def. Chicago
1984; Eastern Conference semifinals; Boston def. New York
1987; Eastern Conference Finals; Boston def. Detroit
1988; Western Conference Finals; LA Lakers def. Dallas
1990; Western Conference semifinals; Portland def. San Antonio
1990; Eastern Conference Finals; Detroit def. Chicago
1993; Western Conference semifinals; Seattle def. Houston
1995; Eastern Conference Finals; Orlando def. Indiana
1998; Eastern Conference Finals; Chicago def. Indiana
2004; Eastern Conference first round; Miami def. New Orleans
2008; Eastern Conference first round; Boston def. Atlanta
2008; Eastern Conference semifinals; Boston def. Cleveland
PLAYING THE ODDS
In playoff history, the team that won Game 5 to break a 2-2 deadlock has gone on to win the series 83.5 percent of the time.
After losing the first two games of the series, the odds were much different for the Thunder. Teams trailing 0-2 in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series just 6 percent of the time.
With Kevin Durant getting extended minutes this postseason, Thunder bombardier Daequan Cook understandably has seen limited time.
Cook entered Monday night's game averaging 7.8 minutes in 12 playoff appearances, but was averaging just 2.2 points, shooting 32.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range.
Cook played three minutes, 54 seconds in the second quarter of Game 5 and in that span scored eight points, shooting 3 for 3 from the field and 2 for 2 from 3-point range.
Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison, who played 20 minutes after Serge Ibaka got into early foul trouble, shot 3 for 3 from the field and is now shooting 68.6 percent from the floor this postseason (21 for 32). … Despite committing six turnovers in the final period, the Thunder still finished with fewer than the Spurs (21-17). … The Thunder shot 50.0 percent from the field and is now 22-0 when shooting 50 percent or better this season. … Serge Ibaka, who went 11 for 11 from the field in Game 4, made his first two shots before missing a tip-in in Game 5, snapping his consecutive field-goal streak at 14 (he made his last shot in Game 3). … With 6:48 left in the first quarter, Thunder coach Scott Brooks went over the discuss a call with referee Scott Foster. Before he spoke, however, Brooks reached inside his sport coat and turned off the TNT mike.