NBA: Spurs win big in Game Five, Take 3-2 Series Lead
Tim Duncan played like the future Hall of Fame player he is in game five of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night by leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 117-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Spurs continued the trend of the home team winning each game of this series in the victory behind Duncan’s 22 points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio has won their three home games by a combined 80 points and has now won seven straight home games by 15+ points.
Manu Ginobili helped out with 19 points, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green both finished with 14 points, and Boris Diaw chipped in with 13 points.
San Antonio shot 13-26 from behind the three-point line and also outrebounded Oklahoma City 48-35. The Spurs shot 26-30 from the free throw line and the Thunder shot 13-20 from the charity stripe. Oklahoma City only made six of their 24 three-point shot attempts and had just three players finish with double-digit points.
Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 25 points, while Russell Westbrook finished with 21 points and seven assists just two days after a 40-point 10-assist game. Oklahoma City only posted four fast-break points in the contest as well.
Durant is averaging 29.8 points and Westbrook is averaging 26.6 points in the playoffs. Since 1970, the only teammates to average 25+ points apiece in the playoffs have been Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
The Thunder will look to defend home-court and prolong their season when they face the Spurs on Saturday night, while San Antonio is looking to return to the NBA Finals for the second straight year with a win.