Raise your hand if you thought the Spurs were going to force a game seven against the Thunder.
My hand was raised, and I'm sure I wasn't alone.
It's the Spurs! The same team that went 67-15 in the regular season. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Leonard, Aldridge- these names make a GM drool! These guys? Lose?
But oh yeah, the Spurs lost. And they lost badly.
The Thunder simply overpowered the Spurs. After losing the first game of the series by 32 points, the Thunder showed why they are one of the most dangerous and athletic teams in the NBA this season.
The game actually started pretty well for the Spurs. They went up 19-13 with about four minutes left in the first quarter.
Then it all went to shit.
The first quarter ended on a 12-0 run for OKC, and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich wasn't happy about it.
It got worse.
The Spurs made a comeback, sort of. They had the chance to bring the deficit to single digits with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder were simply too much, and managed to seal the game off with a 113-99 victory.
There are a lot of storylines here, but there are two worth mentioning.
One: this may have been the last time we saw Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili play in the NBA.
This is pure speculation, but Duncan is 40 years old. He's arguably the best power forward of all time, but no player is better than father time, and he might be calling for Duncan. Likewise for Ginobili. He's 38, and he's been playing with Duncan since 1999.
But again, I could be totally wrong on that and they could both be back next year.
The second story here is much more fascinating, and it's how lethal the Thunder are when they are firing on all cylinders.
Like I said earlier, they could possibly be the most athletic team in the NBA- not just this year, in a long time. Westbrook is a monster, Durant is a former MVP. And everyone else on the team hustles their butts off and it pays off.
The Thunder were more physical on the glass, outrebounding the Spurs 50-40. Led by Steven Adams, the Thunder's seven foot big man from New Zealand, the Thunder's role players outhustled, outworked out outplayed the Spurs.
On a side note, Adams is only 22.
With the Spurs out of the way, the Thunder now have to take on the seemingly unbeatable Golden State Warriors. But for now, the Thunder can celebrate a bit.
Raise your hand if you think the Thunder will lose to the Warriors.