The Oklahoma City Thunder were in a must-win situation. They came though.
The Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-82 to win Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals and make the series 2-1.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points, five assists and six rebounds.
Thabo Sefolosha was the difference in this game as he was the second-leading scorer for the Thunder with 19 points. He also had six steals and held Tony Parker to just 16 points.
The Thunder trailed by two after the first quarter but really turned it up in the second quarter to take control of the game. The Thunder made adjustments by playing Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka more against the second unit of San Antonio and it worked great.
James Harden scored 15 points off the bench for the Thunder while Manu Ginobili scored just eight points.
Russell Westbrook became a point guard for a night dishing out nine assists to go with 10 points and was plus-29 in 33 minutes.
In the first two games of this series, the Thunder played the wrong lineups and the Spurs took advantage winning both at home. The Thunder changed that in Game 3 and may have changed the series.
The Thunder are the more talented team in this series and when they play to their potential, they won’t be beat.
It wasn’t just that the Thunder made adjustments tonight. It’s that the adjustments they made worked. That changes a series. They didn’t simply finally win a game.
This game felt different than the first two because the Thunder adjusted. The Spurs will have the chance to do that in Game 4.
The Thunder will host the Spurs for Game 4 Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. EST on TNT.