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Spurs' Duncan outshines Thunder defense

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan scored 27 and the Spurs took advantage of Serge Ibaka's absence to dominate the paint, beating the Thunder 122-105 on Monday night in the opener of the Western Conference finals.

Manu Ginobili added 18 and Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green had 16 each. Tony Parker did not appear limited by a hamstring injury, scoring 14 and having 12 assists.

Kevin Durant scored 28 and Russell Westbrook added 25.

The Thunder defense struggled without Ibaka, who will miss the remainder of playoffs after suffering a calf injury against the Clippers. San Antonio had 66 points in the paint and shot 58 percent from the field.

Spurs 122, Thunder 105

OKLAHOMA CITY (105): Durant 10-19 4-4 28, Collison 0-3 0-0 0, Perkins 2-3 1-1 5, Westbrook 9-21 6-8 25, Sefolosha 0-4 0-0 0, Jackson 6-11 0-0 13, Butler 2-6 4-6 9, Adams 2-3 0-0 4, Fisher 4-6 4-4 16, Lamb 1-3 0-0 2, Jones 1-1 0-0 3, Roberson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-80 19-23 105.

SAN ANTONIO (122): Leonard 7-16 1-2 16, Duncan 11-19 5-6 27, Splitter 3-4 0-0 6, Parker 6-12 2-3 14, Green 6-7 0-0 16, Ginobili 7-12 1-1 18, Diaw 3-7 3-4 9, Mills 2-3 0-0 5, Belinelli 2-3 1-1 5, Baynes 1-2 0-0 2, Joseph 2-2 0-0 4, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0, Ayres 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 50-87 13-17 122.

Oklahoma City 27 32 23 23— 105

San Antonio 30 37 22 33— 122

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 12-27 (Fisher 4-6, Durant 4-7, Jones 1-1, Jackson 1-2, Butler 1-4, Westbrook 1-4, Sefolosha 0-1, Lamb 0-1, Collison 0-1), San Antonio 9-17 (Green 4-5, Ginobili 3-4, Mills 1-2, Leonard 1-4, Parker 0-1, Belinelli 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 44 (Perkins, Durant 9), San Antonio 44 (Splitter 8). AssistsOklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 7), San Antonio 28 (Parker 12). Total FoulsOklahoma City 22, San Antonio 20. TechnicalsDurant, Perkins. A18,581 (18,797).

Sterling faces charges of damaging league

NEW YORK — The NBA charged Donald Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its teams with his racist comments, setting up a hearing planned for June 3 after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Clippers.

The league also said the banned owner has engaged in other conduct that has impaired its relationship with fans and merchandising partners.

"All of these acts provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA constitution and related agreements," the league said in a statement.

Sterling, 80, was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by commissioner Adam Silver after the release of a recording in which he made racist remarks.

He has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and the right to appear at the hearing and make a presentation in front of the board of governors.

Sterling's attorney, Maxwell Blecher, asked for a three-month delay in response to the charge, si.com reported.

The league's owners will meet for two days before the start of the NBA Finals. If three-fourths of the owners vote to sustain, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981.

If Sterling does not respond to the charge within five business days, or appear at the hearing, it would be deemed an admission of the "total validity of the charges as presented," according to the league constitution.

KERR SIGNS WITH WARRIORS: The Warriors and new coach Steve Kerr finalized a five-year deal worth up to $25 million.

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