The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the mighty San Antonio Spurs 113-99 Thursday in Game 6 of their second round NBA playoff series to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 37 points, Russell Westbrook scored 28 with 12 assists, while 7-0 center Steven Adams added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the home win.
For the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 22 points, Tim Duncan dropped 19 in a throwback effort, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points with 14 rebounds in the season-ending loss.
To many, Oklahoma City’s 4-2 series win over San Antonio was a shocker, as the Spurs were considered to be a major threat to beat the defending champion Warriors.
“[I’m] excited for all of our players,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan told the Oklahoman. “Those guys have done a tremendous job, and they worked really, really hard getting prepared and ready to play each game. Just happy that we get a chance to advance and continue to play.”
After being blown out 124-92 in Game 1, OKC won four of the next five games to win the series.
“We had that game, and we left it behind us,” Westbrook told ESPN. “We came out after that and had a different mindset. We knew what we had to do to win the series. They’re a great team. They’ve been winning for 10-plus years. I’m just proud of our guys.”
The Thunder led the entire game, going up 55-31 at the halftime while holding the Spurs to a lowly 31.1 percent field goal shooting.
OKC led 91-65 at the end of the third period.
However, the Spurs climbed back to within 11 near the end of the fourth quarter, but a Westbrook three pointer and layup sealed the win for Oklahoma City.
This could be the end of an era for San Antonio as 40-year-old future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, who struggled mightily in the series, may well have played his last game in the NBA.
Up next for the Thunder is a Western Conference Finals matchup against the defending champion Golden State Warriors and back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
The Warriors had the best regular season record in NBA history this year when they went an unbelievable 73-9.
Game 1 is Monday, May 16 at Golden State.
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