jimmythegreek Posts:12619 Followers:392
On 06/01/2012 02:32 PM in NBA


Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Thabo Sefalosha added 19 as the Oklahoma City Thunder slammed the San Antonio Spurs 102-82 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena cutting their deficit in the Western Conference Finals 2-1. In a sea of blue signifying a rampant sellout crowd of better than 19,000, Durant shot 8/17 (47%) overall and sunk all 6 of his free throws while collecting 6 rebounds and handing out 5 assists. Sefalosha put a signature on his first meaningful performance in this series making 7/16 (44%) shots including 4/10 (40%) from downtown. Sefalosha also pulled down 6 rebounds and recorded 6 steals in a collective and dominating defensive effort from OKC. James Harden contributed 15 off the bench and Serge Ibaka finished with 14. The Thunder shot 46% overall despite making only 6/22 (27%) from 3 point range. They converted 16/17 (94%) from the charity stripe, held a 44-41 rebounding edge, recorded 23 assists and committed just 7 turnovers. Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson led the Spurs, who saw a 20 game winning streak come to an end, with 16 points each. Tim Duncan added 11 points along with 5 blocks and Dejuan Blair contributed 10 off the bench. Parker shot 6/12 (50%) but committed 6 of his team's 21 turnovers as SA was relatively out of sync for the final 3 quarters on both sides of the ball. Jackson made 6/7 (87%) but Duncan made just 5/15 (33%) overall and was held to just 2 rebounds. San Antonio shot only 40% for the game including 11/26 (42%) from 3 point range and recorded just 18 assists as head coach Greg Popovich pulled their starters late in the 3rd quarter with the outcome long decided. San Antonio had been averaging 109.4 points during its month-and-a-half winning streak and had been held to double digits only twice. San Antonio managed only 24 points in the paint after averaging 46 through the first two games of the series and 47.8 through the playoffs. Oklahoma City already held a 28-8 scoring edge in the paint while taking a 54-41 halftime lead and it never got better for San Antonio, which couldn't get any closer than 11 points in the second half and trailed by as many as 28. The Thunder scored the game's first eight points, feeding off Sefolosha's steals, but San Antonio recovered in time to take the lead with more than 5 minutes left in the opening period. Oklahoma City took the lead early in the second quarter and there was no looking back. OKC has a chance to even the series tomorrow night.

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