TSJSports.com | Breaking Sports News and Analysis | @TSJ_Sports

Thunder Defeat Spurs – Gain 3-2 Series Lead

Thunder Phot via Flickr

NBA 

Tuesday evening, the away Oklahoma City Thunder faced off against the home San Antonio Spurs, in game 5 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

After the first quarter, the Spurs seemed to take over – they scored 32 in the second half, outscoring the Thunder offense by 11. They took a 48-43 low scoring lead into halftime.

Coming out of the half, the Thunder and Spurs were neck and neck, scoring 26 and 24 respectively in the third quarter.

But, going into the 4th, the real fight began.

The most important stat of the 4th quarter was rebounds – the Spurs motor to get boards seem to die, and by the end of the contest the Thunder had 54 rebounds to the Spurs 36.

With 9 seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter, it was the Thunders ball to inbound. They were up 92-91 on the Spurs.

The Thunder passed the ball in to Russell Westbrook, and Kawhi Leonard tried to foul him, but failed to do so, and Westbrook and made a layup, an and one.

Westbrook made the layup, making the game a 95-91 game, with 6.3 seconds on the clock for the Spurs to at least tie it.

The Spurs came down the court and missed both 3 point attempts, making the contest end at 95-91, OKC.

Russell Westbrook was the leading scorer for the Thunder, and he had 35 points (12/27), with 11 rebounds and 9 assists.

Kevin Durant also contributed 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Steve Adams put up an 12 point 11 rebound double-double.

For the Spurs, 3 men scored at least 20 points. Kawhi Leonard had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Danny Green had 20 on a very efficient 7/10 night, and Lamarcus Aldridge has 20 points with 9 rebounds.

The Spurs will face the Thunder in a do or die matchup, Game 6 at Oklahoma City, Thursday 6:30 Eastern Time.

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: