The Oklahoma City Thunder stunned the San Antonio Spurs in their homecourt to take a 95-91 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday. Kevin Durant and company now take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Russell Westbrook had 11 rebounds and nine assists to go along with his 35 points, including a bonus play in the final seconds of the game to seal the win for OKC. Kevin Durant added 23 points, while Steven Adams poured in 12 points and 11 rebounds.
OKC took a 22-16 advantage after the first quarter, but the Spurs rallied back in the second quarter via a 12-4 run to close the half with a 48-43 lead.
San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 17 points in the first half, out dueling Westbrook’s 14 points.
The Spurs had a terrific start in the third quarter when they posted a 59-47 lead courtesy of Danny Green’s three-point sniping. However, OKC made their own 12-4 run with four minutes left in the third frame to trim San Antonio’s gap to three, 72-69, heading into the payoff period.
San Antonio enjoyed an 88-82 lead in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter. OKC refused to let go and countered with an 8-0 blast behind Westbrook to overtake the Spurs, 90-88. Tony Parker tied the count at 90-all, but Durant converted two free throws in the other end to give the lead back to OKC with under a minute left to play. Parker likewise trooped to line but only made one free throw. In the next possession, Durant made a crucial turnover giving the Spurs a chance to steal the game. However, Parker missed the go-ahead jumper with 6.3 seconds left. Westbrook then ended the game with an and-one play.
Leonard led the Spurs with 26 points. No other Spurs scored in double figures in the loss. They will try to tie the series in Game 6, which shifts to OKC on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).