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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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