Oklahoma City Thunder
Spurs guard Tony Parker missed the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals because of left ankle soreness.
Tim Duncan had 22 points, Manu Ginobili scored 19 points, and San Antonio rolled to a 117-89 win over Oklahoma City in Game 5 on Thursday night, taking a 3-2 series lead.
Russell Westbrook had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in the Thunder’s 105-92 victory over the Spurs on Tuesday night that tied the series at two games apiece.
Serge Ibaka started the game and scored 15 points to help the Thunder defeat the Spurs 106-97 and cut San Antonio’s lead in the Western Conference finals series to 2-1.
The Thunder say defensive standout Serge Ibaka may not be lost for the playoffs, after all, and could be available for Game 3 on Sunday.
The San Antonio Spurs are rolling toward a return to the NBA Finals, and Oklahoma City looks powerless to slow them down without Serge Ibaka.
Tim Duncan had 27 points and the Spurs took advantage of Serge Ibaka’s absence to score more than half their points in the paint, beating the Thunder 122-105 Monday night
Durant, the league’s MVP, said there’s more to San Antonio’s success than some mythical fountain of youth. It starts with the genius of Gregg Popovich, the league’s Coach of the Year.
For the 13th time in 14 years, the Dallas Mavericks are in the NBA playoffs. The final three days of the season will decide their first round opponent.
Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, and had 10 rebounds and six assists, leading the Mavs to a 128-119 victory over the Thunder on Tuesday night.
Shawn Marion scored 19 points, Vince Carter added 18 points, and the Mavs rolled past Oklahoma City 109-86, ending a seven-game regular season losing streak to the Thunder.
Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter has been suspended one game without pay for throwing an elbow at the head of Thunder center Steven Adams on Wednesday night.