Serge Ibaka didn't miss and Kendrick Perkins dang near kept up with him and Thabo Sefolosha was showing signs of his Game 3 heroics. Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals was shaping up as one of Kevin Durant's favorite games. All his overlooked pals, the ones he wangles into photo shoots and takes on trips and likes to credit for Thunder success, were having the game of their lives. Then Durant busted the party by having the game of his life. Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals went from one of Durant's favorite games to one of his best. He took over the fourth quarter with 18 of his 36 points, and the Thunder beat the Spurs 109-103 Saturday night to even the series 2-2. “He was great,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “We tried to do a couple of different things, but his play was better than anything we did defensively, that's for sure. He finished it off in fine fashion.” One more crown in Durant's coronation as the NBA's best closer. Three game-winning shots in these playoffs, and now an epic fourth quarter – 7-of-9 shooting, 16 straight Thunder points when the Spurs looked poise to steal a win at Chesapeake Arena. “I just want to be calm and composed and poised in those situations and make the right basketball play,” Durant said. “I just try to take it on, try not to be nervous. Sometimes it's never-racking playing those games like that.” Sometimes, Durant seems the most composed person in the building. The spree started with a tough basket – a contested 17-footer over hearty rookie Kawhi Leonard – and it's not like the following buckets were easy. A floater away from the basket. Another floater on which he made a 3-point play. A driving semi-hook. An alley-oop lay-in off a James Harden pass. A classic jumper off a curl. “I mean, he wasn't second in MVP voting for nothing,” said the Spurs' Gary Neal. “He is a great scorer.” Befitting a game in which Durant was solid from start to finish, even when he wasn't scoring, Durant capped his night with a pass. With the Spurs largely matching Durant's baskets, they were within 102-96 until Durant drove and found James Harden open for a 3-pointer. Swish, with 1:04 left. That gave Durant a game-high eight assists to go with his 36 points and six rebounds and 13-of-20 shooting night. He's had a bunch of magic moments over seven playoff series the last three years. But this was his signature game. The game that will make the pundits wonder if he's the game's best player, since he appears to have the clutch gene that's missing from LeBron. Durant didn't even make a basket in the first quarter and was just 2-of-4 at halftime. Primo Spur defenders Leonard and Stephen Jackson were hounding Durant into being a passer. But the Thunder led 55-43 because Ibaka and Perkins had combined for 27 points and two misses. “I wasn't freezing him out, trust me,” said Scotty Brooks. “I'd like him to shoot more than four times. But with Kevin, it's not about shots. It's about playing very consistent with some toughness and making plays for his team.” Brooks said he was most pleased with Durant's eight assists in Game 4. OK. But in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder was on its heels, it didn't need a passer. It needed a maker. Durant seemed to ride to the rescue. “It didn't seem like that,” said Popovich. “That was a fact. I was there. I saw it.” There was no game-winner, no buzzer-beater necessary, but considering the circumstances, this was Durant's finest hour. Taking over a game the Thunder absolutely had to have. Sending the Spurs, who just three days ago looked unbeatable, to their second straight defeat. It's a three-game series, and the Spurs have homecourt advantage. But the Thunder has Durant. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.