Rolling Thunder put Spurs’ season on the brink

first_imgThat’s when the Thunder can finish off the San Antonio Spurs back home in Oklahoma City—where they’re unbeaten in these playoffs—and complete a remarkable turnaround in the Western Conference finals after starting in an 0-2 hole and up against a 20-game Spurs winning streak that ranks among the longest in NBA history. But look who’s unstoppable now.Durant scored 27 points and the Thunder beat the Spurs 108-103 in Game 5, moving within a victory of a series knockout and the conference title after beating San Antonio for the third time in five days.“We came here, we wanted to get a win on their home floor,” Durant said. “That’s what it took for us to advance or to get to where we wanted to go.”Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in a wildly entertaining series. Looking invincible while carrying a 20-game winning streak a week ago—the fourth-longest in NBA history—the Spurs have lost three straight and are on the verge of a stunning collapse.Manu Ginobili scored 34 in a smashing return to the starting lineup, and the switch showed just how much Spurs coach Gregg Popovich knew his team might be in trouble.“That was a total team effort,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Everybody did their job. I thought we played as hard as we can play.”San Antonio now must win two straight to avoid seeing their last best chance to win in a title in the Duncan era end.“Championship teams win on the road,” Popovich said. “Oklahoma City just did that.” SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Kevin Durant and the surging Oklahoma City Thunder are just one victory from the NBA finals.“We never just thought we were supposed to wait our turn,” the 23-year-old Thunder star said following the biggest road win of his career Monday night.What little wait they’ve had could end Wednesday.center_img UNSTOPPABLE—Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant shoots over Spurs guard Danny Green and forward DeJuan Blair (45) during Game 5 in the NBA Western Conference finals, June 4, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool) last_img

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