Thunder steal Game 4 vs. Lakers, take commanding 3-1 series lead
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Sports) – After suffering their first loss this postseason, the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back and stole Game 4 with a furious fourth-quarter rally punctuated by a Kevin Durant go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left en route to Oklahoma City’s 103-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night.
The Thunder have a commanding 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series Western Conference semifinals.
Oklahoma City, which finished Game 4 on a 22-8 run, received 31 points from Durant, who together with Russell Westbrook helped engineer the stirring fourth-quarter rally, finished with 31 points.
Westbrook poured in a team high 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting from the floor. The Thunder’s 23-year-old point guard also had five assists, two boards and one steal in 43 minutes of play.
Westbrook, who narrowly missed a double-double Friday, posting 21 points and nine boards in a 99-96 loss in Game 3, scored 10 points as he aggressively attacked the basket in the fourth.
Oklahoma City faced a 13-point deficit with eight minutes left in the final period.
Three-time scoring champ Durant, who kept the Thunder in Game 3 with the Lakers by scoring 31, nailed his third 3-pointer of the night from 25 feet to shatter a 98-98 deadlock with 13.7 seconds left.
It earned the Oklahoma City franchise its first road playoff triumph over the Lakers in its last 15 attempts.
Kobe Bryant, who carried his team back into this series by scoring eight of Los Angeles’ final 10 points in Friday’s Game 3 win, finished with a game-best 38 points, but the five-time NBA champion’s effort was not enough to spark the Lakers this time.
Andrew Bynum added 18 points to go with nine rebounds, Metta World Peace had 13, while Pau Gasol struggled with 10 points and five rebounds.
The four-time All-Star Gasol committed three turnovers, including a bad pass that resulted to Durant’s decisive 3-pointer.
Oklahoma City, which improved to 7-1 in the postseason, is one win away from their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals.
Game 5 is set for Monday night in Oklahoma City.