The Oklahoma City Thunder is headed to its first NBA Finals since the franchise, formerly the Seattle Supersonics, were renamed and moved to the Midwest in 2008. The team is led in 2012 by 23-year-old Kevin Durant, who was the regular season scoring champion for the third year in a row this season.
The Thunder made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2011 as well, but lost in five games to the Dallas Mavericks. It was looking like that might be a repeat performance in 2012, as the San Antonio Spurs went up on the Thunder 2-0 after the first two match-ups, but the Thunder rallied to win four games in a row and closed out the Western Conference Finals in front of their home crowd Wednesday night (June 6).
In this closing Game 6, it wasn’t looking good early on, as the Thunder were down by 15 at the half and 18 points in the early second half. But they put on a serious rally and won by 8 points. The Thunder are just the 15th team in NBA history to go down 0-2 and come back to win a best-of-7 series. The last team to do it? The Spurs, in 2008.
After the game, Durant had this to say, as chants of “MVP MVP” rained down from the OKC fans, “San Antonio Spurs are a great organization, they do things the right way. We kept playing hard. I just try to inspire my teammates by my plan on both ends of the floor. And I’m glad we got this for Oklahoma City.”
The Thunder will now face the winner of the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat match-up in the Eastern Conference Finals. Currently, the Celtics own a 3-2 lead over the Heat, with Game 6 coming live from Boston Thursday June 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.
Congratulations to Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder on their trip to the 2012 NBA Finals!