Serging Forward: Ibaka Provides Spark, Thunder Even Series

It's a brand new series after the Thunder took Game 4 on Saturday night, 109-103. Game 3 coverage: Thundering Back, OKC Ends Spurs' Streak

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Durantula Unleashed: How Kevin Durant Was Freed

How did Kevin Durant single-handedly carry the Thunder to a Game 4 win over the Spurs in the fourth quarter? He didn't really do it single-handedly.

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What Does It Mean?!?!?

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It's a double mohawk all the way
Whoa it's so intense
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OMG OMG
OH MY GOD!
WOOOOOO!
OH WOW!
WOOOOOO! YEEEAH!
OMG
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It's starting to look like a triple mohawk!
OMG it's full on
Double mohawk all the way across his head!
*sobbing* OMG ... OMG ... oh god
What does this mean?
OH! OMG
OH!
Oh, god.
It's SO bright
OMG it's so bright and vivid
OH! OH!
OH *sobbing*
It's so beautiful
Oh my god
OMG
It's a double complete mohawk
On my TV
OMG
Too much!
I don't know what it means
It's so intense
OMG

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Oh, and he just got married ... at a Thunder game.

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Spurs Vs. Thunder Score Update: Surprising Cast Leads OKC To 12-Point Halftime Lead

The Oklahoma City Thunder came into Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs needing a win to tie the series at two apiece, and most would predict a steady diet of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden to accomplish that. In a development akin to hell freezing over and Shaquille O'Neal transforming into Dr. Jack Ramsay before our eyes, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are the Thunder's two leading scorers, and the Thunder lead the Spurs by 12 points.

Perkins has looked bouncier than he has pretty much all season with a few dunks and he's even hitting jump shots. Ibaka has been known to possess a jumper of some consistency, but he's been less and less confident in it this season. He's been on the money so far in this game — in fact, he hasn't missed a shot — going 6-6 for 14 points. Perkins has 13 points and eight rebounds.

On the other side of the ball, the Spurs big men have been unsurprisingly absent considering what's happening with their opponents. Duncan looks more than a step slow, Splitter had an abysmal stretch to start the second quarter and hasn't played since, and Boris Diaw isn't enough to control the paint on either end, and has been largely invisible. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been active when on the floor, but they haven't made too much of an impact, combining for 12 points.

For more on the Spurs, be sure to visit Pounding the Rock; for the Thunder, Welcome to Loud City. And for news, analysis and everything else revolving around the NBA Playoffs, be sure to visit SB Nation's NBA page.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Thunder Vs. Spurs Game 4: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Spurs and Thunder will meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.

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NBA Playoffs: Will Spurs Be Able To Rebound From Flat Performance?

The San Antonio Spurs had a pretty impressive winning streak heading into Thursday night's Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That streak was snapped, and now Spurs' supporters are trying to figure out just went wrong to ruin their undefeated record so deep into the NBA Playoffs.

The prevailing answer, it seems, is that the Thunder came out hungry while the Spurs were flat and never recovered. That isn't all that surprising considering Oklahoma City had the home crowd behind them, but Pounding the Rock's Fred Silva wrote about the San Antonio loss in excruciating detail.

Gregg Popovich called a timeout with 9:11 remaining in the first quarter. Two minutes and forty-nine seconds into Game 3, the Spurs were 0-3 from the field and had committed 4 turnovers. The Thunder were up 8-0 while committing zero turnovers. That was the game. One team showed up and the other did not. It was over within three minutes and we all knew it.

However, none of us wanted to wave the white flag that early in the game. And so we watched. It was painful, but we held onto the hope that the Spurs would win. Who can blame us? We've become accustomed to the type of magic that can make a bad half disappear.

Unfortunately, the bad half turned into a bad third quarter. It wasn't awful; it was simply insurmountable. On the road, a team must play significantly better to withstand the officiating. Instead, the Spurs succumbed to it. It was depressingly difficult to watch.

"Depressingly difficult" was a phrase many believed would describe the Thunder's chances to win the Western Conference finals following the first two games of the series. Heading into the weekend, though -- and another home game for the Thunder -- the momentum seems to be firmly on the side of the Thunder.

For more on the Spurs, be sure to visit Pounding the Rock; for the Thunder, Welcome to Loud City. And for news, analysis and everything else revolving around the NBA Playoffs, be sure to visit SB Nation's NBA page.

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