In a rare sight for San Antonio fans Tuesday, the Spurs were thoroughly outplayed on their home court for much of Game 5, going down 108-103 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who proved they have what it takes to win a championship.
Kevin Durant top scored for the Thunder, putting up figures of 27 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, while Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 12 assists en route to OKC taking a 3-2 series lead.
Manu Ginobili really stepped up, shooting 5-10 from behind the arch to go along with his game high 34 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Tim Duncan chalked up a double double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but it just wasn’t enough for the Spurs to collect the win.
Despite being outrebounded by the Spurs 42-34, San Antonio’s 21 turnovers helped the Thunder come away with the points and head back home in Game 6 with a big advantage.
Oklahoma City outscored San Antonio through the first 3 quarters, stretching their lead out to as many as 14 points in the second quarter.
Both sides were keyed in from the line, with San Antonio converting on 84% of attempts, compared to Oklahoma City’s 87%.
Game 4 MVP: James Harden
Coming off the bench, Harden was at the top of his game. He was the games =4th
top scorer with 20 minutes from his 35 minutes of game time, to go along with his 4 rebounds and 3 steals. He however got my MVP for the game from his clutch shooting at the end of the game.
Shooting at 6-11 (55%) from the floor, his 3 of 4 from behind the arch really sparked the Thunder. Off the back of a timeout, Harden was given the ball and with the shot clock winding down, he drained a three pointer with 28.8 seconds to go, all but securing the Thunder victory (Video below)
Hardens efforts off the bench was a major factor in handing the Spurs their first loss at home since April 11. No doubt his beard played a helping hand.
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The Thunders Game 5 victory gives them a big upper hand in this Western Conference finals duel. It now gives them two bites at the cherry to knock off the Spurs and move onto the NBA finals.
OKC will be looking to close out the series in 6, while the Spurs will desperately be trying to push it to a Game 7 back on their home floor when both sides square off Thursday at 11am EST from the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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