The Oklahoma City Thunder is one win away from the NBA championship finals after stunning the San Antonio Spurs on home court with a 108-103 victory.
Kevin Durant top scored for the Thunder with 27 points while Russell Westbrook provided a further 23, as the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series. James Harden added 20 for Oklahoma City, who condemned the Spurs to a third straight defeat after having won the opening two games of the series, part of a 20-game winning streak.
The youthful Thunder led at each break and by as many as 14 points during the second quarter before the Spurs clawed back. Down by 13 late in the final quarter, San Antonio plundered 11 unanswered points to draw within two, only to see Westbrook snap the streak with a clutch basket in the final minute. James Harden then sucked the life out the Spurs with a great three-pointer over the top of rookie Kawhi Leonard with just 28 seconds left. “The ball was supposed to go to Kevin (Durant) but the shot clock was running down and I had to make a play. Leonard was playing very good defence on me but I thought I’d shoot it with confidence and it went in.”