Thunder through to NBA Final
June 07, 2012 18:32:03 UK
Kevin Durant had a game-high 34 points and 14 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs 107-99 to win the Western Conference.
Durant was 9-of-17 from the floor playing all 48 minutes as the Thunder closed out the Spurs in six-games, sweeping the final four games of the series after losing the first two in San Antonio. It was a spectacularly quick exit for the Spurs who were on a 20-game winning streak with talk of an undefeated post-season before Oklahoma City turned the tables.
Russell Westbrook was also 9-of-17 on the night and James Harden chipped in with 16 off the bench as the Thunder delighted the home crowd at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City.
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each had strong games for San Antonio combining for 54-points, but Manu Ginobili was just 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points. Stephen Jackson was 6-of-7 from beyond the arc in a useful cameo off the bench, however the deepest team in the NBA went away from their strength with only Jackson and Gary Neal seeing significant time other than the starters.
The Thunder will play the winner of the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat Eastern Conference Final with the Celtics holding a three game to two lead going into tonight?s Game 6 at the TD Garden. Chris Bosh is expected to see more action for the Heat who have missed the power forward's defensive play more than anything else in the series.
The Thunder are 1.66 to win the NBA Championship, with the Heat 2.50 and the Celtics 13.00.
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