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Thunder-Spurs: Kevin Durant stars as Thunder ties up series

Kevin Durant added another chapter to his ever-expanding legacy with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
By Ryan Aber raber@opubco.com Modified: June 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm •  Published: June 2, 2012
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Kevin Durant added another chapter to his ever-expanding legacy with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

With American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, NBA commissioner David Stern and Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones among the 18,203 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, Durant was the biggest star.

Content to let his teammates shine through much of the first three quarters, Durant took over in the fourth and held off a Spurs charge as the Thunder beat San Antonio 109-103 as OKC tied the Western Conference Finals 2-2.

The series now goes back to San Antonio for Monday night's Game 5. Tip is set for 8 p.m.

The Thunder led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but the Spurs cut the lead to two briefly by the end of the quarter and trailed by four just before the midpoint of the fourth when Durant wrested control from San Antonio.

Durant scored 16 consecutive Thunder points — hitting 7 of his 8 shots in the span of five minutes — to put the Thunder up nine.

“It didn't seem like that,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of Durant taking over in the fourth. “That was a fact. I was there. I saw it.”

Durant scored 18 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder assure the series' return to Oklahoma City on Wednesday for Game 6.

Instead of heading the big three that includes James Harden and Russell Westbrook, it was Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins joining Durant to form the Thunder's trio in Game 4.

Ibaka and Perkins combined for 41 points, with Ibaka hitting all 11 of his shots.

“It's winning time,” Westbrook said. “Whatever you have to do to come away with a win, you have to do it.”


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