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Thunder will return to OKC leading series with Spurs 3-2

Wednesday night could be party time in Oklahoma City. The Thunder is coming home with a chance to win the Western Conference.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 4, 2012
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— Wednesday night could be party time in Oklahoma City. The Thunder is coming home with a chance to win the Western Conference.


In the biggest victory in Oklahoma City's National Basketball Association history, the Thunder swiped home-court advantage from the San Antonio Spurs with a 108-103 verdict in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals Monday night at the AT&T Center.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 25 and James Harden hit two huge 3-pointers down the stretch.

Game 6 is at 8 p.m. Wednesday back in Oklahoma City, with the Thunder holding a three games to two lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Spurs, who only a few days ago had won 20 straight games, now have lost three straight to the Thunder, which is a win away from reaching the NBA Finals.

“Total team effort,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We stuck together, and we had a couple of bad stretches, but we didn't break. We battled through.”

Harden's four-point play with 5:17 left gave the Thunder a 101-88 lead and sent some of the Spurs fans to the exit aisles. But San Antonio, which has won four NBA titles since 1999, mounted a comeback and drew within 101-99 with 1:54 left.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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