OKC Thunder Steal Game 4 On the Road, Knot Up Series 2-2 vs. Dallas Mavericks.

There are no style points in the NBA postseason. all that matters is that you win the game. That’s why stealing games often sets off a series of swings, as the Oklahoma City Thunder did Monday when they marched into the American Airlines Center to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

After being outplayed for much of the night, clanking shots, lacking intensity and being outplayed at times, the Thunder came away with a surprise win. One that no one thought they would get, as the Mavericks were able to extend a 14-point lead thanks to a poor Thunder offense and Dallas role players making shots.

It’s going to be incredibly difficult to play ketchup against this Mavericks team that fielded two of the toughest shot makers in the NBA, who ended up playing quiet games on Monday.

When Kenrich Williams was given a double technical foul and Lu Dort barked back at the officials for a phantom foul against him, the series changed. It felt like an awakening for this young Thunder team that finally understood what was at stake in these games.

The intensity was felt the rest of the way as a Jalen Williams en-one was met with a fist bump toward the bench and an electric scream that put the exclamation point on a final frame run that ultimately gave Oklahoma City the win.

However, none of this is possible without the spectacular play of superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who put up 34 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and just as many blocks in 42 minutes of action.

Gilgeous-Alexander hit one hard shot after another while using the overzealous Mavericks paint defense to his advantage for sprayouts to perimeter shooters who eventually cashed their checks.

Oklahoma City did its job on this road trip, despite the path to get there. Tie up the series and give home field advantage back to the Thunder, who will now play a best-of-3 series against the Mavericks with the chance of two at home.

Next up, the Thunder will take on the Mavericks in a pivotal Game 5 against the Mavericks at the Paycom Center on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 CT and airing on TNT.

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