The Oklahoma City Thunder proved that the homecourt advantage will not be a hindrance for them to win the game after taking down the San Antonio Spurs, 95-91, in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with a double-double, 35 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Durant added 23 points to establish a playoff series advantage against the Spurs, 3-2.
The Thunder took control in the opening quarter of the game with a six-point lead. However, the Spurs did not let the Thunder continue their run and managed to grab the lead in the end of the first half, 48-43.
The Spurs came out firing in the third quarter, giving the Thunder a 13-point deficit but Westbrook helped his team to bounce back and closed the gap to three points at the end of the quarter.
Russell Westbrook became a hero for the Thunder after making a basket and a foul with 6.3 seconds left in the game and give the Thunder their third win against the Spurs.
”We got stops and Russ was a maniac tonight, keeping us in it,” Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant said via Yahoo Sports.
The Thunder seemed to find their rhythm after the Game 4 win against the Spurs. The Spurs is considered the most favorite team to face the Golden State Warriors in Western Conference finals. However, with the current situation, it is most likely that the Thunder have the bigger chance to advance to the next level of the playoffs.
Game 6 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs will be on Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs:
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