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Thunder rout Spurs behind Sefolosha’s 19 points



Oklahoma City outscored San Antonio 32-17 in the second quarter and played stingy defense to rout the Spurs 102-82 in Game three of the Western Conference Finals. An unlikely face also helped out in the minutes and scoring department as Thabo Sefolosha scored 19 points in 36 minutes.

After the Spurs took the first two games of the series in San Antonio, Oklahoma City knew they had to step up in front of their home crowd. As one of the loudest arenas in the NBA, the Chesapeake Energy Arena did not disappoint as they made their voices loud and heard.

Tony Parker could not get anything going at the point for the Spurs as he was harassed numerous times. His usual openings were not open for business this time around as the Thunder defense forced him into five turnovers. Sefolosha’s defense on Parker also helped the Thunder in their win as he had a game high six steals out of the team’s 14.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points, while Russell Westbrook chipped in just 10 on five of 15 shooting. Parker and Stephen Jackson led the Spurs with 16 points a piece, while Tim Duncan posted 11 points.

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The only time the Spurs were within reach was when Oklahoma City charged out of the gate on an 8-0 run to open up the game. The Spurs bounced back and had a two point lead, 24-22 at the end of the first quarter.

Both ends of the court also had closed lanes leaving open shots for both teams. The Spurs took the most of the advantage by going 11 of 26 from beyond the arc, while the Thunder were just six of 22.

Late in the fourth quarter, San Antonio head coach Greg Popovich decided to pull the plug and put up a white flag. Popovich took out most of his starters including Parker and Duncan with more than five minutes left in the game.

Chesapeake Energy Arena will look to make more game changing noise in game four of the Western Conference Finals. Tipoff is set for 7:30 eastern time tomorrow night in Oklahoma City as the Thunder will look to even the series.




By: Tyler Scott
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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