Jun 2, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) during the first half in game four of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmonsj-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant, Thunder close out Spurs in 4th quarter to win Game 4, even series

Matthew Emmonsj-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant scored 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals to even the series at 2-2.

Durant finished with 36 points, eight assists and six rebounds and at one point had scored 16 straight points for the Thunder in the fourth quarter.

Durant got some help in the game from the Thunder bigs especially Serge Ibaka who didn’t miss a shot making all 11 of his shots and scoring a career-high 26 points to go with three blocks.

Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins really made the difference early for Oklahoma City as Perkins scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half.

The Thunder shot 56.4 percent from the field in the game and had 27 assists as a team. The Spurs shot 50.0 percent and if not for Durant taking over could have easily stolen this game.

Russell Westbrook again didn’t need to be a scorer for the Thunder with just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting.

James Harden came out of the gates slow but made a few big threes late and finished with 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Tony Parker, who dominated in the first two games of this series, scored just 12 points in Game 4 and averaged only 14.0 per game in Oklahoma City.

The adjustments the Thunder made in Game 3 and in the end of Game 2 have carried over into Game 4 and the Thunder now look to have control of this series.

The Spurs knew what was coming in Game 4 and could not counter well enough to get the win.

As we’ve seen in this series, playing on your home floor is a big deal. While the Thunder seem to have changed their style effectively to give them the advantage in this series, the Spurs have a chance to do the same as the series shifts back to San Antonio for Game 5 Monday night.

Role players always play better at home and that’s why Durant closing out the game in such a dominant fashion is so important for the Thunder. He hadn’t really had it going in this series and no on the heels of a big game, might carry that over to the road and really give the Thunder a great shot to win Game 5.

Game 5 will tip at 9:00 p.m. EST on TNT Monday night.

Tags: Game 4 James Harden Kendrick Perkins Kevin Durant NBA Playoffs Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook San Antonio Spurs Serge Ibaka Tony Parker Western Conference Finals

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