Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Thunder romps to reach West final

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 37, Russell Westbrook added 28 and the Thunder beat the Spurs 113-99 Thursday night to win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.

Steven Adams had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Roberson added 14 points for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City lost 124-92 in Game 1, but Billy Donovan — in his first year as an NBA coach after 19 leading the Florida Gators — led the Thunder to victory in four of the next five. Oklahoma City faces the defending NBA champion Warriors in the West final, starting Monday in Oakland. The Warriors advanced late Wednesday with a 125-121 victory over the Blazers to win the series 4-1.

The Spurs could head into an uncertain future after a franchise-record 67-win season, with 40-year-old Tim Duncan struggling much of the series before scoring 19 as San Antonio tried to rally in the fourth quarter.

Kawhi Leonard scored 22 and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 for the Spurs. San Antonio lost just once at home during the regular season, but the Thunder beat the Spurs twice in San Antonio during the series.

OKC opened a 47-29 lead late in the second quarter after a 3 by Westbrook that brought a roar from the crowd. Durant's 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left pushed the lead to 55-31 at the break. Durant scored 18 in the half, and Westbrook added 13.

The Thunder looked like the Spurs often do in the first half, running an efficient offense and shooting 46.5 percent from the field while committing three turnovers before the break.

Thunder 113, Spurs 99

SAN ANTONIO (99): Leonard 9-23 3-4 22, Aldridge 9-18 0-0 18, Duncan 7-14 5-6 19, Parker 3-6 0-0 6, Green 3-8 1-2 9, Anderson 2-4 2-2 6, West 2-5 0-0 5, Marjanovic 1-1 0-0 2, Mills 2-2 0-0 5, Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Ginobili 1-6 2-2 5, Martin 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 40-93 13-16 99.

OKLAHOMA CITY (113): Durant 12-24 12-12 37, Ibaka 3-9 2-3 8, Adams 6-7 3-4 15, Westbrook 10-21 6-6 28, Roberson 5-8 1-2 14, Kanter 2-7 3-4 7, Mohammed 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 0-0 0-0 0, Foye 1-4 0-0 2, Waiters 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 40-85 27-31 113.

San Antonio 19 12 34 34— 99

Oklahoma City 25 30 36 22— 113

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 6-17 (Green 2-6, Mills 1-1, West 1-1, Ginobili 1-3, Leonard 1-4, Martin 0-1, Miller 0-1), Oklahoma City 6-22 (Roberson 3-5, Westbrook 2-6, Durant 1-4, Kanter 0-1, Ibaka 0-3, Foye 0-3). Fouled OutGinobili. ReboundsSan Antonio 40 (Aldridge 14), Oklahoma City 50 (Adams 11). AssistsSan Antonio 19 (Leonard 5), Oklahoma City 21 (Westbrook 12). Total FoulsSan Antonio 21, Oklahoma City 18. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

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