The Thunder not only showed up to Saturday night’s match-up against the Dallas Mavericks but they straight up delivered one of their best games ever. OKC was able to hold the Mavs to a low 70 points, that is the lowest the Thunder have ever held a team to in the playoffs.
This was a game that was all OKC from the very start. The Thunder held Dallas to only 11 points in the first quarter and held an early 15 point lead going into the second. The Thunder would continue to put it on before halftime even came around and lead by 26 at the half.
They continued to put in on the Mavericks until Dallas could take no more. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both averaged around 36-38 minutes a game during the season, in the playoffs that number was expected to go up but the two did not even have to play in the fourth. Westbrook finished with 24 points and 11 assists while KD finished with 23 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
A major part of the Thunder’s success tonight was the play from the sometimes missing Serge Ibaka. When Ibaka is at his best he can be the most talent two-way player the Thunder have on their team. Tonight Ibaka showed just that as he looked like his old self. He put up 17 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in only 28 minutes of play. If Ibaka can consistently play at this level then there might not be any stopping this Oklahoma City playoff train.