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ICYMI: Oklahoma City Thunder Ousts San Antonio Spurs In Game 6 Western Conference Semifinals

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The Oklahoma City Thunder flipped the script, and now they’ll have a date with rival Golden State in the Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 28 and Oklahoma City beat San Antonio 113-99 on Thursday night to win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.

Oklahoma City opened up a 47-29 lead late in the second quarter after a 3-pointer by Westbrook produced a roar from the crowd. Durant’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the half pushed the lead to 55-31 at the break. Durant scored 18 points in the first half and Westbrook added 13. The Thunder never looked back despite a late comeback push from the Spurs.

Oklahoma City lost 124-92 in Game 1, but first-year coach Billy Donovan led the Thunder to victory in four of the next five. Oklahoma City controlled Game 6, leading by as many as 28 points. Steven Adams had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Andre Roberson added 14 points for the Thunder.

Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 for the Spurs. San Antonio lost just once at home during the regular season, but the Thunder beat the Spurs twice in San Antonio during the series.

The Spurs were trying to extend the winningest season in franchise history after going 67-15. That was ended Thursday night as Tim Duncan faces an uncertain future that could involve retirement.

The 40-year-old Duncan struggled for much of the series before scoring 19 points as San Antonio tried to fight back in the fourth quarter. Duncan didn’t clear up anything about his future after the game. He has a player option for next season.”I’ll get to that after I get out of here and figure life out,” he said.

The Warriors-Thunder Western Conference Finals start Monday in Oakland.

 

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