Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Spurs hammer hapless Thunder

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Tim Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Manu Ginobili scored 19 and the Spurs rolled to a 117-89 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each scored 14, Boris Diaw added 13 and Tony Parker scored 12 for the Spurs, who are a win away from returning to the NBA Finals after losing in seven games to Miami last year.

Kevin Durant scored 25, but Russell Westbrook had only 21 points and seven assists after finishing with 40 points and 10 assists in Game 4.

Game 6 is Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Spurs 117, Thunder 89

OKLAHOMA CITY (89): Durant 11-21 1-4 25, Ibaka 3-10 0-0 6, Perkins 0-1 0-0 0, Westbrook 6-12 7-9 21, Jackson 5-10 0-0 11, Adams 3-4 0-0 6, Collison 1-1 3-4 5, Fisher 2-5 0-0 5, Butler 0-3 2-3 2, Lamb 2-6 0-0 4, Jones 1-6 0-0 2, Sefolosha 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-81 13-20 89.

SAN ANTONIO (117): Leonard 4-7 5-5 14, Duncan 8-13 6-7 22, Bonner 0-4 0-0 0, Parker 6-13 0-0 12, Green 4-9 2-2 14, Ginobili 7-9 2-2 19, Diaw 4-7 3-4 13, Splitter 0-0 6-8 6, Mills 3-5 0-0 9, Joseph 1-2 2-2 4, Belinelli 1-5 0-0 2, Baynes 0-0 0-0 0, Ayres 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 39-76 26-30 117.

Oklahoma City 32 23 19 15— 89

San Antonio 32 33 29 23— 117

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 6-24 (Westbrook 2-6, Durant 2-6, Jackson 1-2, Fisher 1-3, Lamb 0-2, Butler 0-2, Jones 0-3), San Antonio 13-26 (Green 4-8, Ginobili 3-4, Mills 3-5, Diaw 2-2, Leonard 1-2, Parker 0-1, Bonner 0-2, Belinelli 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 42 (Perkins 6), San Antonio 52 (Duncan 12). AssistsOklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 7), San Antonio 23 (Ginobili 6). Total FoulsOklahoma City 24, San Antonio 19. TechnicalsFisher, Ayres. A18,581 (18,797).

Stephenson bothers Bird

MIAMI — By now, Lance Stephenson's list of acts from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final are well known: He blew air into LeBron James' ear, interrupted a Heat huddle and got caught flopping for the second time.

The Heat leads the series 3-2, and gets the chance to close the Pacers out for the third straight year tonight.

Images of Stephenson's ear-blowing stunt were widely distributed on social media moments after it occurred in Game 5, and he didn't back down when asked about his tactics.

"Just playing ball, man, having fun and enjoying the moment," Stephenson said.

Pacers president Larry Bird didn't care for Stephenson's blowing in James' ear. Asked via text from USA Today if he was bothered by his player's act, Bird replied, "Yes I am."

Indiana coach Frank Vogel didn't seem to mind the huddle move, though he suggested the ear-blowing decision was a bit much.

"Blowing in his face probably crosses the line. That's not really who we are. We want to be a competitive team, but we don't want to cross the line,'' Vogel said.

Also on Thursday, the league fined Stephenson $10,000 for his second flop of the series, and Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $5,000 for another flopping violation.

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