The Oklahoma City Thunder had Game 4 of their series against the Los Angeles Clippers in their grasp. A 3-1 lead would have been nearly insurmountable and the early 22-point lead that the Thunder held looked like it was going to get them there. The Thunder then held a 12-point lead heading to the fourth quarter, which was still a comfortable position. As you know, the Thunder lost the game 101-99. Who’s to blame for the collapse?
Kevin Durant scored 40 points on 12-for-24 from the field and 15-for-18 from the foul line with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Russell Westbrook scored 27 on 10-for-22 with six rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Generally when those two combine for those kinds of numbers, it’s curtains for the opposition.
As a team, the Thunder outshot the Clippers from the field (44.0 to 41.9 percent), from the 3-point line (29.2 to 14.3 percent) and from the foul line (76.5 to 69.0 percent). You’d think the game would have been a solid 10-point win for Oklahoma City, but turnovers and offensive rebounds really hurt them. With all that said, who’s to blame?