Tim Duncan posted a double-double of 22 points with 12 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 117-89 win May 29 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio. The Spurs now lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.
San Antonio came out playing with a greater sense of urgency and aggression on Thursday night after playing with a lack of energy and effort in back-to-back losses in Games 3 and 4 in Oklahoma City. The Spurs applied constant pressure attacking the basket on offense and outrebounded the Thunder, 48-35.
The score was tied at 35 at the end of the first quarter, but the Spurs stepped on the gas in the second quarter and built a double-digit lead by halftime. San Antonio pushed the lead above 30 points by the fourth quarter and cruised to an easy victory.
Six Spurs players scored double digits in points, including Duncan’s 22. Guard Manu Ginobili had 19 points off the bench , starting point guard Tony Parker had 12 points, forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Danny Green each scored 14 points, and Boris Diaw added 13 off the bench.
Just three players scored double digits for OKC; forward Kevin Durant had a team-high 25 points and guard Russell Westbrook followed with 21 points; guard Reggie Jackson scored 11.
OKC will fight to avoid elimination on May 31 when the Thunder hosts the Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oklahoma City