The last two losses for the Oklahoma City Thunder came down to poor play down the stretch.
Blowing a 15-point lead with five minutes left in Game 4 cost the Thunder in a 112-105 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The loss pushed the Thunder to the brink of elimination and on Wednesday night, despite another nice game and a eight-point lead with 8:04 to play, the result was the same: Dallas 100, Oklahoma City 96.
"I don't know," said guard Russell Westbrook, when asked what happened in the final eight minutes to his team. "It was a good game throughout the whole game. It was back and forth, and it was a great game."
Westbrook finished with a game-high 31 points, but the other star on the team, Kevin Durant, ended with 23 points, getting seven in the fourth quarter. But Durant took just four shots in the frantic eight minutes where his team lost the game.
"Sometimes those are breaks of the game," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "You make a shot that keeps the momentum going. You miss a shot that keeps the momentum going. You miss a shot, they get an opportunity and get out and run. It was a heck of a ballgame."