jimmythegreek Posts:12620 Followers:392
On 06/04/2012 02:00 PM in NBA


Kevin Durant scored 36 points and Serge Ibaka added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder evened the Western Conference Finals at 2 games apiece with a 109-103 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Arena. Durant fiercely took a close game into his own hands by making contested jumper after jumper finishing hitting 13/20 (65%) from the field and going a perfect 9/9 (100%) from the charity stripe. Durant also collected 6 rebounds and dished out a team high 8 assists once again showing his versatility in the clutch. Ibaka was perfect on all of his 11 field goal attempts (100%) and recorded 3 blocked shots showing his range and stood out as a huge part of OKC's fierce and finetic transition game. Kendrick Perkins also got into the act mostly reliable on defense yet sinking 7/9 (78%) from the field for 15 points along with a team high 9 rebounds. James Harden finished with an impressive all around game off the bench scoring 11 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and handing out 7 assists despite shooting just 4/13 (31%) overall. OKC shot 56% from the floor overall including 5/13 (39%) from beyond the arc. They also converted 16/21 (76%) from the free throw line including some key late makes, recorded 27 assists and committed just 12 turnovers while outrebounding SA 41-31. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points on 9/17 (53%) from the field along with 8 rebounds but hit only 3/7 (43%) from the foul line. Kahwi Leonard added 17 on 7/8 (88%) from the floor overall along with 9 rebounds, and Manu Ginobli contributed 13 points off the bench on 4/7 (57%). Ginobli however was sloppy down the stretch committing 7 of his team's 11 turnovers. Tony Parker and Boris Diaw each finished with 12 points. Parker shot just 5/15 (33%) overall and recorded only 2 rebounds and 4 assists. San Antonio shot 50% from the floor including 11/23 (48%) from 3 point range, but converted only 10-16 (63%) from the ft line and notched just 17 assists. After seeing his team's 15-point lead dwindle to four, Durant took over midway through the fourth quarter by scoring all 16 of the Thunder's points during a span of just over 5 minutes to keep the Spurs at bay. Durant, who finished behind only LeBron James in MVP voting, hit three straight jumpers, the last one coming after he bumped into Parker in the lane to draw a foul and set up a three-point play. Then he attacked the rim for his next three baskets, getting to the line again when he was fouled on a layup off of Harden's alley-oop. Durant hit another jumper after coming off a Russell Westbrook screen for the last basket in his personal run -- and the Spurs were still within striking distance. Westbrook finished just 2/10 (20%) overall for 7 points and 5 assists. Leonard bracketed a pair of 3-pointers around that Durant jumper, and the Spurs were only down 102-96 with 1:24 left. The Spurs succeeded in getting the ball out of Durant's hands on the next possession, only for him to provide the assist on Harden's 3-pointer from the left wing that bumped the lead to nine. With the series tied at 2, San Antonio will look to regain the home courrt advantage this evening back at the Alamo in what has now become a best of 3 series.

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