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Thunder wins at San Antonio again

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Russell Westbrook had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Spurs 95-91 Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Kevin Durant added 23 points as Oklahoma City won for the second time in San Antonio in the series. The Thunder can close out the series Thursday in Game 6 at home.

Westbrook sealed the victory with a three-point play with 6.3 seconds left, scoring after the Spurs weren't able to foul him intentionally and he drove for a layup while being fouled.

Kawhi Leonard had 26 points for San Antonio, which lost at home once in the regular season but has dropped two straight there now.

The Thunder took a 92-90 lead with 54 seconds left in the game on two free throws by Durant after Spurs guard Danny Green fell into his legs when he appeared to be tripped by Steven Adams on an attempted screen.

San Antonio's Tony Parker missed the second of two free throws to make it to 92-91. Parker also missed a 12-foot jumper.

Westbrook settled in after an erratic first half in which he committed six of the Thunder's 13 turnovers. He had two turnovers after halftime.

Westbrook was 12-of-27 from the field in scoring a personal series high.

Besides scoring at least 28 for the fourth time in the series, the electrifying point guard had four offensive rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes.

The aggressive defense that brought Oklahoma City back into the series after an embarrassing 32-point loss in Game 1 continued. The Thunder bodied the Spurs on the wings, then collapsed fully when San Antonio attempted to attack the lane.

Green added 20 points and made 6 of 9 3-pointers. LaMarcus Aldridge also had 20 points but shot just 6-of-21.

Thunder 95, Spurs 91

OKLAHOMA CITY (95): Durant 8-21 5-6 23, Ibaka 2-4 0-0 5, Adams 5-8 2-6 12, Westbrook 12-27 8-8 35, Roberson 0-2 0-0 0, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Kanter 3-7 2-2 8, Waiters 3-5 3-4 9, Foye 1-3 0-0 3, Morrow 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-78 20-26 95.

SAN ANTONIO (91): Leonard 12-21 1-2 26, Aldridge 6-21 8-9 20, Duncan 1-6 3-4 5, Parker 4-12 1-2 9, Green 7-10 0-0 20, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, West 1-4 0-0 2, Diaw 1-6 0-0 2, Mills 2-4 0-0 4, Ginobili 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 35-88 13-17 91.

Oklahoma City 22 21 26 26— 95

San Antonio 16 32 24 19— 91

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 7-20 (Westbrook 3-7, Durant 2-5, Ibaka 1-1, Foye 1-3, Roberson 0-2, Kanter 0-2), San Antonio 8-18 (Green 6-9, Ginobili 1-2, Leonard 1-4, Parker 0-1, Diaw 0-1, Mills 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 54 (Kanter 13), San Antonio 36 (Aldridge 9). AssistsOklahoma City 18 (Westbrook 9), San Antonio 19 (Parker 5). Total FoulsOklahoma City 22, San Antonio 19. A18,418 (18,418).

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Heat center Hassan Whiteside did not accompany his team to Toronto for tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series as he continued getting therapy on his injured right knee. … Mavericks guard Devin Harris had his left big toe and left thumb surgically repaired.

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