Cory Joseph dunks on Serge Ibaka for Spurs' silver lining in Game 4 (Video)

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, talks with Cory Joseph during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Houston. The Rockets won 97-90. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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By all sensible criteria, the San Antonio Spurs had a terrible time in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the host Oklahoma City Thunder. Their 105-92 loss has turned a 2-0 series advantage into a 2-2 tie with momentum looking to belong to the other side. The Thunder look reborn, with the return of Serge Ibaka having reinvigorated the team on both sides of the ball. How will the Spurs respond?

The answer to that question will have to wait until Thursday's Game 5. In the meantime, San Antonio will have to take solace in strong second-half play from their reserves, who kept the game from getting totally out of hand and at least caused Scott Brooks to leave OKC's key players in the game longer than he might have liked.

Yet the Spurs also showed they wouldn't go out without a fight, and this dunk from reserve guard Cory Joseph on Ibaka helped prove as much:

It's hard to act like a dunk that cuts a fourth-quarter deficit to 16 points is especially important, even if it was visited upon the avatar of OKC's resurgence. Nevertheless, it was pretty darn impressive and should make the Thunder pay a little more attention to Joseph in preparation for the rest of the series. Plays this loud don't go unnoticed.

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Eric Freeman

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