bill-swift - June 6, 2012
Just a few days ago the San Antonio Spurs appeared to be unbeatable. With a 10-game winning streak in the playoffs and a 20-game streak overall, a fifth trip to the NBA Finals seemed inevitable for Tim Duncan. Three games later and the Spurs post season aspirations are on life support.
After losing both games to the Thunder in OKC, the Spurs had hoped to get back on track at home, but Kevin Durant and company had a different idea. Thanks to clutch shooting by Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder were able to get a big road win over the Spurs 108-103 Monday night.
Durant, Westbrook, and Harden lead the way for the Thunder with 27,23, and 20 points. The Thunder trailed to start the game, but ended the first period up by five. San Antonio briefly regained a lead late in the third period, but trailed by nine going into the final period.
Manu Ginobili led all scorers with 34 points. Tony Parker added 20 and Tim Duncan 18, but the Spurs got little help otherwise. They'll need to find a way to get their role players involved if they are going to do what no team has been able to do this post season--beat the Thunder in OKC.
Game Six will be Wednesday at 9 PM ET.