Fans that went to game 5 were disappointed when the team was able to complete the sweep and end the season for the defending champs. The Mavericks certainly tried their best but the Thunder offense and youth proved to be too much for this rebuilding team. With 106 points in the 4 game series for Kevin Durant and 89 points for Russell Westbrook, the team is looking to dominate the Western Conference. Fans await the outcome of the Lakers vs. Nuggets series before purchasing their tickets to the next series. If they want to get farther in the playoffs, they will need to learn from each playoff game.
Game 1 vs. Dallas
The first game of the series certainly sold out of Thunder tickets quickly! The team was able to show just how young this team is as they looked fairly nervous. Oklahoma was down by 7 points with only 2:30 left in the game but they were able to pull off the improbable first game win with Durant’s game winning shot from the foul line. With Ibaka’s 22 points, the Thunder won 99-98 at home.
Game 2 vs. Dallas
Game two at home showed a more confident team but they still struggled to close the Mavs out. This was a very close game as Dirk was able to score 31 points but Durant’s clutch free throws in the closing minute proved to be the deciding factor in game two. Thunder pulled out another close win with a final score of 102-99.
Game 3 @ Dallas
Game 3 was certainly expected to be a closer game but the Mavs simply were not there. OKC was able to cruise to victory with Durant’s 31 points and the bench was on fire as well. Derek Fisher and James Harden were able to chip in 10 points each and they finished the Mavs 95-79.
Game 4 @ Dallas
The Mavericks showed a lot of heart in game 4 and they certainly showed why they were the defending champions. However, James Harden was able to show everyone why his team is a legit contender to be this year’s champs. He scored 15 of his 29 points in the final quarter and capped off the sweep by not allowing the Mavs to score another field goal in the final 5:47 of the game. Durant’s 24 points with Harden’s career game helped propel them into the second round with a 103-97 win.
Thunder In The Second Round
The players are now awaiting for the outcome of the Lakers vs Nuggets series and most people will think that they are rooting for the Nuggets but this might not be the case. They match up perfectly with the Lakers and they are hoping that the Nuggets will falter against Kobe and company. They only lost once against the Lakers and they have the talent to simply get through the second round if indeed the Lakers win the series against the Nuggets.
If they want to get through the West and into the Finals, they will need to play with the intensity that they had against the Mavericks. The road to the Finals will only get harder from here and so they really needed this sweep against the Mavericks to boost their confidence. Make sure you are there the next time they have their next home game. Buy your Thunder tickets today and cheer them to victory!