Thunder on three-game roll
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:03p.m.
By Adam Hollingworth
The Oklahoma City Thunder are on a three-game roll in the Western Conference finals and are now just one win away from the main event.
They beat the San Antonio spurs on the road 108 to 103 to take a 3-2 lead with game six back in Oklahoma on Thursday.
A week ago the Spurs were on a 20 game hot streak but with three straight losses for the first time this season, their confidence is drained, while the Thunder are running away with it.
A week ago Tony Parker was unflappable, now he is flapping at thin air.
Manu Ginobili kept the Spurs in the game, justifying his reinstatement in the starting five by nailing 34 points.
The Thunder were ruthless on turnovers and led by as many as fourteen but with home court advantage, San Antonio clawed their way back and regained the lead in the third quarter.
But it lead was short-lived as Kevin Durant, with 27 points, and Russell Westbrook, with 23, bravely attacked the basket.
Mid-way through the fourth, the Thunder's lead once again stretched to 13 but the Spurs kept coming back, closing the gap to two, but time was running out and James Harden ran down the clock and kept his cool.
There was still time for Binobili to give a last-ditch effort, but the loss means the Spurs must win on the road, where the Thunder are yet to lose in the play-offs.
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