Durant, Westbrook Guide Thunder Into Conference Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sporting Alert – OKC! OKC! OKC! Those were the chants from the stands as the home knocked down the final buckets to stunned the Spurs on Thursday night

The Oklahoma City Thunder held San Antonio to its fewest first half total all season en route to scoring a 113-99 victory in their Western Conference semi-finals Game 6 clash and advanced to the conference finals. Complete Box Score

Oklahoma City used a big run in the last 3:37 of the second quarter to blow the game wide open with a 24 point advantage and although the Spurs made a big run in the fourth quarter, the early deficit was too much to recover from. Thunder won the series 4-2.

The Thunder led 55-31 at halftime and held San Antonio to just 31-percent in the opening two quarters of the game. The visitors also went 0-for-8 from 3-point range in a shocking first half display that only saw five assists for the Texas-based club.

Oklahoma City, which entered the series as the underdogs, will now take on defending champions Golden State Warriors with the winner of the seven game series moving on to represent the conference in the NBA finals.

They advance to the conference finals for the fourth time in six-years.

The Warriors won all three regular season meetings against Oklahoma City, but Durant is looking forward to the re-match.

“It’s going to be fun,” Kevin Durant said in looking ahead to the series with the Warriors.

“We are very confident (about playing the Warriors),” Russell Westbrook said. “We know that they are a good team, but we are confident about taking care of business.”

Westbrook and Durant combined to score 31 of the Thunder 55 first half points, before Durant went on to lead the way with 37 points and nine rebounds and Westbrook added 28 points and 12 assists in the win.

Steven Adams chipped in with 15 points and 11 boards and Andre Roberson, who hit three of his five 3-point attempts ended with 14 points and seven boards for Oklahoma City.

Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs with 44 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals, Tim Duncan scored 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 14 rebounds in the defeat for San Antonio.

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