Russell Westbrook overcame a 3-for-15 shooting slump and had 14 points for the fourth-seeded Thunder, who will play either top seed San Antonio or Memphis in the Western Conference semifinals. It was the first playoff series win for the team since moving to Oklahoma City. The franchise’s last postseason triumph came in 2005 when the Seattle SuperSonics upended Sacramento in five games in the first round.
Serge Ibaka was a force inside with nine blocks, one off the NBA playoff record. That included a crucial swat of an attempted Nene jam in the final minute.
Denver, which blew a 91-82 lead in the final quarter, was led by Afflalo’s 15 points.