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Spurs beat Thunder 117-89

The Spurs will not have to answer any more questions about the 2012 Western Conference finals, not after Thursday's rout of the Thunder put them on the brink of another NBA Finals appearance.
May 29, 2014 at 11:36 PM   |   Comments

The Spurs will not have to answer any more questions about the 2012 Western Conference finals, not after Thursday's rout of the Thunder put them on the brink of another NBA Finals appearance.

San Antonio took the first two games in this series before dropping a pair in Oklahoma City, evoking similarities of two years ago when the Thunder ripped off four straight wins after going down 0-2 to become conference champs.

Those comparisons quickly ended when the Spurs made 13 3-pointers and had six players score in double figures in Game 5's 117-89 drubbing at AT&T Center.

Tim Duncan led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili carried a bench attack that outscored Oklahoma City's reserves by a wide 55-26 margin.

Ginobili scored 19 points, fellow reserve Boris Diaw netted 13 and Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each had 14 for the Spurs, who are one win away from reaching the Finals for the second straight year.

After holding the Spurs to under 40 percent shooting in Games 3 and 4, the Thunder watched helplessly as San Antonio made 51.3 percent of its shots.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook finished with 25 and 21 points, respectively, for Oklahoma City, a far cry from the duo's superb 71-point dual effort in Tuesday's victory.

Serge Ibaka was limited to six points and just two rebounds in the loss.

The home team has taken the first five games of this series, and the Thunder hope the trend continues Saturday in a must-win Game 6 in Oklahoma City.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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