Thunder advance to conference finals
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the NBA's Western Conference finals for the fourth time in six years after disposing of the San Antonio Spurs.
Kevin Durant poured in 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Thunder took Game 6 of their conference semifinal series, downing the Spurs 113-99. Russell Westbrook had 28 points and 12 assists for the Thunder, who led by 24 at halftime after outscoring the Spurs 30-12 in the second quarter.
The Spurs cut a 26-point, fourth-quarter deficit to 11 and had a chance to get closer until Tim Duncan's layup attempt was blocked by Serge Ibaka. Westbrook took the loose ball and fed Durant for a dunk to make it 101-88 with 3:06 left. Westbrook hit the Thunder's next three baskets to hike the lead to 16.
Steven Adams had 15 points and a team-high 11 boards for the Thunder, who took four of the last five games after absorbing a 32-point loss in the opener.
Kawhi Leonard finished with a team-high 22 points for the Spurs, but the MVP runner-up shot just 9-for-23. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds, while 40-year-old Tim Duncan added 19 points in what could have been his final NBA game.
The Thunder eliminated a team that won 67 games during the regular season, 12 more than Oklahoma City. Next up for the Thunder are the Golden State Warriors, who have knocked off Houston and Portland in five games each after setting a league record with 73 regular-season victories.