Tuesday, June 5, 2012

WCF Game 5 OKC Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs 6-04-12 Recap

Remember when San Antonio was unstoppable and won 20 straight games? Well, that seems like ages ago. Oklahoma City Thunder defeated them for the third straight game 108-103 and took a 3-2 series lead. Now the Spurs have a tough task ahead of them, they need to go to Oklahoma City and get a win.

The Spurs made a lineup adjustment, they inserted Manu Ginobili into the starting lineup for the struggling Danny Green.   Ginobili proved that was the best choice for the team, he lead the Spurs in scoring with 34 points, 11-21 FG (5-10 3pt) , 7 assists and 2 steals.  However, his three with 4.9 seconds to tie the game didn't go down.


The game was a roller coaster, both teams took a  lead in several occasions, only to see it quickly disappear.  The Thunder took a 14 point lead in the 2nd quarter, the Spurs came storming back behind Ginobili, took a 6 point lead, but  the Thunder counter the run by taking a 13 point lead with 5 minutes to go in the 4th.  After OKC had that 13 point lead, the Spurs gave one last shot at it and were as close as two, but couldn't tied the game.


Kevin Durant was the star of the game, he had 5 points in the first half and erupted for 22 in the second half (9 of those in the 4th) & James Harden's  20 points along with a perfect fourth quarter (4-4 FG. 1-1 FT)  and a deciding three when they Spurs cut  the lead to two were too much for San Antonio to overcome. Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 12 assists.

For San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 20, Tim Duncan had 18, Stephen Jackson 13, but it's going to take even more production from them and the rest of the Spurs if they want to take this series to a game 7.

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