The Thunder's big three came to play Monday night.

And we don't mean KD, Russ and James.

Oh, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden had fantastic games. Offensively, they were stellar. Defensively, they were solid.

But this game turned and this series ended because of Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison. What they did defensively against the Lakers' big men made the difference Game 5.

Thunder 106, Lakers 90.

Without Perk, Serge and Nick, there's a good chance this series would be headed back to Los Angeles for another game. There's a good chance the Lakers would've had new life. There's a good chance this series would've gone seven games.

Instead, it's so LA-LA-long Lakers.