San Antonio Spurs 101 beat Oklahoma City Thunder 98
Oklahoma City: K. Durant 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk
San Antonio: M. Ginobili 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — Manu Ginobili delivered another superb performance off the bench to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 101-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their Western Conference final on Sunday night.
Ginobili, who twice got a standing ovation in the closing seconds – scored 26 points, including 3 of 5 from three point range and pulled down five rebounds for the Spurs which now take their win streak to 19 games.
Tony Parker got off to a slow start, but pick things up as the game progressed to finish with 18 points to go along with his eight rebounds and six assists.
Tim Duncan added 16 points and 11 boards, while Gary Neal had 12 points off the bench in the victory for San Antonio, which shot over 45 percent from the field.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant led the way for the Oklahoma City Thunder with a game high 27 points to add to his 10 rebounds on the night.
James Harden ended with 17 points and six boards off the bench, while Russell Westbrook finished with 17 points in the defeat.
The lost was the Thunder’s five in a row at the AT&T Center, while the Spurs now go 3-1 up against their opponents – after winning their regular season series 2-1.
Game 2 is on Tuesday night, also in San Antonio.