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On 06/07/2012 12:46 AM in NBA


Kevin Durant scored 34 points and Russell Westrbook added 25 as the Oklahoma City Thunder advanced to the NBA FInals with a 107-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Arena winning the best of 7 Western Conference Finals 4-2. Durant shot 9/17 (53%) from the floor including 4/8 (50%) from 3 point range, and sunk 12/15 (80%) from the charity stripe. Durant also pulled down a team high 14 rebounds and handed out 5 assists. Westbrook, who also converted 9/17 shots, made 6/7 (86%) from the ft line, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 5 assists espite committing 6 of his team's 16 turnovers. James Harden contributed 16 points off the bench for OKC, who shot an even 50% from the field including a sizzling 10/18 (56%) from beyond the arc. The Thunder converted 25/31 (81%) from the foul line and outrebounded the Spurs 42-34. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 29 points on 12/27 (44%) overall along with dishing out 12 assists. Tim Duncan added 25 on 11/23 (48%) from the floor and collected a team high 14 rebounds. Stephen Jackson contributed 23 off the bench on 6/7 (86%) from the field, all taken beyond the arc. The Spurs shot just 44% from the field overall including 11/26 (42%) from 3 point range. They converted 14/18 (78%) from the free throw line and committted just 12 turnovers. Parker had a hand in the Spurs' first 12 baskets, making seven on his own and assisting on the other five, before Kawhi Leonard and Jackson followed his three-point play by nailing back-to-back 3-pointers for a 34-16 advantage in the final 2 minutes of the first quarter. The Spurs were 9 for 15 on 3-pointers in the first half, many of them wide open, and maintained their lead right up until Durant's 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left got Oklahoma City within 63-48 at halftime. The Thunder stormed right back with an 11-2 run to start the third quarter and eventually pulled ahead after Durant's 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 79-77 with 1:41 left in the period. After shooting 55 percent in the first half, San Antonio went only 7 for 22 in the third quarter and clung to an 81-80 lead heading into the fourth. The Thunder took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter, getting nine of their first 13 points on free throws as the fouls started to pile up for San Antonio -- six on the defensive end and three on the offensive end in the first seven minutes. Harden and Derek Fisher hit 3-pointers in a three-possession span to increase the lead to 99-93 with 3:13 remaining, and Oklahoma City held on from there capping a decisive 59-36 second half. Durant celebrated even before the final buzzer, hugging his family seated courtside after a foul was called with 14 seconds remaining. The Thunder became the NBA's 15th team to come back from an 0-2 deficit in a seven-game series, doing it against a team that had won 20 games in a row. Game 1 of the NBA Finals will be Tuesday night in Oklahoma City against either Boston or Miami. The Celtics lead that series 3-2 and can earn a trip to the finals with a win at home in Game 6 on Thursday night.

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