Thunder strike again to close in on Western s-final
THE Oklahoma City Thunder are a step away from the Western Conference semi-finals.
They showcased their superior talent and athleticism once again, leading wire-to-wire in a 119-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at the American Airlines Centre.
Oklahoma have not trailed since a Game 2 loss and now enjoy a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Thunder have a chance to close it out in Game 5 later today at home.
Dallas face long odds to overcome the series deficit, as only nine teams in NBA history have come back to win a best-of-seven play-off series after trailing 3-1.
The Thunder were in control of Game 4 all night, never getting truly threatened by the Mavericks.
Dallas had brief spurts to stay within striking distance, pulling within single-digit multiple times in the second half, but Oklahoma always answered and had a multi-possession lead in the final minutes.
Enes Kanter led the charge for the Thunder with 28 points.
Russell Westbrook had 25 points and 15 assists, and Kevin Durant finished with 19 points on seven-for-20 shooting.
For the Mavs, Dirk Nowitzki led with 27 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Raymond Felton and Wesley Matthews each scored 19 points.
Dallas had an early blow when Deron Williams (sports hernia) returned to the starting line-up. But he lasted only 89 seconds before re-aggravating his injury.
Mavs centre Salah Mejri had a solid night for the Mavs but it was cut short when he exited in the fourth quarter with a right hip injury.