The Thunder finally won a game and in the process ended the Spurs' 20 game winning streak, which stretched all the way back to the beginning of April. The win moves the Thunder to within 2-1 in the series, and they have another home game coming up in 2 nights.
After a choppy 1st quarter, the Thunder went to work on defense. The OKC defense clamped down on the same team that hung 120 points on them two nights ago, and in the pivotal 2nd and 3rd quarters, OKC held the Spurs to 17 and 19 points, respectively. Led by Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder hounded the Spurs on the perimeter and denied the quick driving and passing lanes that had carved them up in Game 2. While the offense wasn't great, it was efficient enough to gradually pad the lead to the point where Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called off the dogs. In the 4th quarter, the subs for both teams played out the string and the starters were left sitting on the bench pondering what Game 4 might hold.