The Clippers came back from a 22-point deficit and a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to win the game, tying the series at two games apiece with the pivotal Game 5 tonight in Oklahoma City.
In NBA history over 170 best-of-seven series have been tied 2-2. The Game 5 winner has gone on to win 83% of those series.— Desmond M. Wallace (@MisterWallaceGA) April 27, 2014
It's safe to say that this game will go a long way toward deciding the outcome of the series. For the Thunder to come out on top, there are a few key things they must do.
Keep the role players involved
Reggie Jackson was the only other player to reach double figures, scoring 10.
That's a far cry from where the team was in Game 3, when Serge Ibaka, Caron Butler and Jackson combined for 48 points.
You can always expect Durant and Westbrook to put up numbers, but there's no question that the Thunder become that much harder to beat when Ibaka, Jackson and others are getting involved as well.
Lock down the paint
The Clippers shot just 3-of-21 from three-point range in Game 4, but they were still able to reach the 100-point mark thanks to the Thunder's lackluster defensive effort.
The Clippers scored 52 points in the paint on Sunday, including going 12-of-14 in the restricted area in the fourth quarter alone.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Thunder were outscored 52-32 in the paint in Game 4, with the 20-point differential being the most in the series.
Clippers: outscored the Thunder 52 to 32 in the paint; 20 point differential biggest of the series— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 11, 2014
Throw in the fact that the Clippers are shooting just 17-of-74 (23 percent) from distance in the last three games, and the Thunder have every reason in the book to try to prevent them from getting to the rim and keep them shooting jump shots.
Keep their composure
Over the course of the series it's been clear that the Clippers have gotten under the skin of many Thunder players.
As a team, Oklahoma City has been called for 10 technical fouls over the first four games, including two in Game 4.
After Sunday's loss, Westbrook expressed his frustration when he accused the Clippers' players of flopping, via CBS Sports' Royce Young.
Westbrook on the series physicality: "There's a lot of flopping going on, I can tell you that much. If that's what you call chippyness."— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 12, 2014
In order to regain control in this series, the Thunder have to keep their composure in Game 5, both with the refs and the Clippers.
In a series that has been as tight as this one, the last thing they can afford to do is give away points at the free-throw line.
Which team will win Game 5?
The Thunder will bounce back from a frustrating loss in Game 4 with a 114-106 victory and head back to Los Angeles with a 3-2 series lead.