NBA Playoff Roundup – Thunder Head to NBA Finals

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Michael Garcia - June 8, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder are headed to the NBA Finals after ripping off four straight wins against San Antonio after most people said they were finished.

Oklahoma City 107 - San Antonio 99

The Thunder advanced past the Spurs by winning by 8 at home...almost as if someone predicted it that way. Semi-lucky guesses aside, the Thunder became just the 15th team in NBA Playoff history to overcome a 0-2 deficit in a best-of-seven series and win.

It didn't look like that was going to happen, as the Spurs came out on fire, especially Tony Parker, and built a 14 point first quarter lead. The Thunder didn't wilt, even though they got behind by as much as 18 in the first half, and were down 63-48 when halftime mercifully came.

Whatever coach Scotty Brooks said to his team at the half worked. OKC outplayed San Antonio so badly in the second half, it was like two different teams took the floor for the final 24 minutes. OKC outscored the Spurs by 23 in the second half on the way to the win, led by the amazing Kevin Durant, who scored 34 and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Russell Westbrook added 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while the bearded James Harden scored 16.

The Thunder now wait to see if Boston can close out Miami tonight, or if Miami can force a game seven.

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