Quantcast 2012 NBA Western Conference Playoffs: Thunder vs Spurs - Game 5


Ginobili’s miss, Harden’s three-pointer decisive in big road win for OKC



A missed three-pointer by Manu Ginobili and two key free throws by Kevin Durant finished off a scoring fest in San Antonio last night. In Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder fended off the Spurs 108-106 taking a 3-2 series lead.

Durant led the way for the Thunder with 27 points on 10 of 19 shooting, while James Harden posted another 20 points. Harden hit a crucial three-point shot with 23 seconds left giving Oklahoma City a 106-101 lead.

Ginobili was on fire from beyond the arc for San Antonio going five of 10 and finishing with 34 points and also dishing seven assists. Tony Parker chipped in 20 points, while Stephen Jackson added 13.

The game started to look interesting in the third quarter when the Spurs narrowed a 14 point halftime deficit lead out of the locker room. However, the Thunder were able to keep their composure. Durant and Westbrook put on a show in the quarter by driving to the basket and even finding difficult shots look easy. Durant was able to get a shot off outside of Jackson’s reach as Jackson tried to obstruct Durant’s vision.

Westbrook had some trouble dealing with the defensive pressure from Parker, but was still able to find men to pass to; totaling 12 assists on the night.

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The Spurs took to a solid game plan as they are always getting points from beyond the arc, but it just was not enough down the stretch. San Antonio had 21 turnovers, most of them coming in the first half that told the story for much of the game. The Thunder also had trouble handling the ball giving it up 16 times.

As it was proved in this game that youth rules all, it could not have been done much better by anyone else. The Spurs age hurt them and they will try to avoid being shutdown in game six on Wednesday night.

On the other hand, the Thunder will look to continue their dominance from the last three games. Last night was the first time the Thunder have won in San Antonio since 2008.

Game six is scheduled for tomorrow night at nine eastern where Oklahoma City will look to advance to the NBA Finals.




By: Tyler Scott
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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