The Thunder put up a dog fight, but ended up soul crushed at the buzzer
Even in the post-season the triple-doubles don’t stop for Russell Westbrook, and honestly they can’t. Without Westbrook going beyond the stars to keep his team in it, he can’t do it all on his own just like he can’t always expect to do everything on his own. Even with the whole MVP situation settled already, the talks still continue with Harden and Westbrook battling it out.
This whole series has been a dog fight from the get-go. Despite the Thunder putting up 14 blocks as a team, Houston kept storming back and knocking down the shots they needed when it mattered. OKC mimicked Houston when it came to getting open looks and defensive stops, but the only difference was that their shots weren’t falling in. Before the half, Westbrook had already recorded yet another post-season triple-double and helped spark a 12-2 run after the half as the crowd was on fire, but then went to watch their team have their fire put out as OKC quickly missed eight straight shots, and Houston capitalized with twelve straight points.
Fast forward to the ending moments of the fourth-quarter there’s no reason that this series shouldn’t be tied gong into game five. Not many people have the Thunder advancing, but mistakes like yesterday is a huge reason why people weren’t confident when it came to choosing OKC over Houston. The Thunder had pulled off a tremendous four-point lead. Steven Adams made his first free throw, and purposely missed the second which set up a huge three-pointer by Westbrook with 18 seconds left, and in seconds things quickly got messy for OKC with Houston’s Trevor Ariza squirming away from the defense to find Nene under the basket and OKC couldn’t get it together as the Rockets left Game 4 with a 113-109 win over the Thunder. Not only did Houston out score the Thunder 40-32 in the fourth they now have the favor in their odds with a 3-1 lead as Houston could put this away and wait for the winner the Spurs/Grizzlies series.