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NBA Playoffs 2014, Thunder vs. Spurs: Serge Ibaka's return fuels a Game 3 OKC blowout

Needing a spark, the Thunder got it thanks to Serge Ibaka. The injured Thunder big man returned by hitting his first five shots and terrorizing San Antonio defensively in a 106-97 Oklahoma City victory. The Spurs now lead the series, 2-1.

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Ibaka's major impact in 4 charts

The Thunder power forward made a huge difference for OKC in Game 3 after returning from injury, to say the least.

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Ibaka inspires Thunder to Game 3 win

The Thunder's injured big man returned with a flourish, inspiring Oklahoma City to a 106-97 victory that cut San Antonio's series lead to 2-1.

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Good morning, Ibaka is running through that door

That plus L'Affair Joerger and more in our Memorial Day NBA newsletter.

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'Just Win' fan becomes instant legend

One loyal Thunder fan wanted them to "just win" Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, and his rather outlandish outfit got him noticed by the TNT crew.

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Popovich pokes fun at Ibaka's fast recovery

After his team lost Game 3, the Spurs' coach couldn't help but make fun of the Thunder declaring Serge Ibaka out for the playoffs a week ago, only to allow him to return to action.

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Thunder win Game 3 with Ibaka back in lineup

Serge Ibaka returned to the lineup from a calf injury and helped the Thunder to an impressive Game 3 victory over the Spurs.

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Thabeet answers Butler's call after 3

Caron Butler has made a habit of "calling" people after making big three-pointers this year, and after all this time, we now know that Butler has just been calling Hasheem Thabeet on the bench:

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I wonder if Butler and Thabeet are on the Framily Plan? One thing's for sure, they're definitely Carly Rae Jepsen fans:

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Leonard dunks on Ibaka

Serge Ibaka has provided a spark for the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, but Ibaka was no match for Kawhi Leonard on this drive to the bucket:

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I'm still fully convinced that Leonard is a robot built to destroy everything.

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Westbrook beats buzzer with deep 3

Russell Westbrook didn't have the best first half in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, but he finished it on quite the high note with a deep three right before the buzzer to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 57-53 lead over the San Antonio Spurs at the break:

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As always, #LetWestbrookBeWestbrook.

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Watch Pop's four-word between-quarter interview

The Spurs' head man was in vintage form during Game 3 against the Thunder.

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Fisher gets whacked, bleeds his own blood

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been bloodied both literally and figuratively by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Not only have the Thunder been blown out in two games, but Nick Collison and now Derek Fisher have bled their own blood on the court:

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Nobody makes Derek Fisher bleed his own blood. Except for the Spurs, I guess.


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Ibaka sticks tongue out after torrid start

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka returned to the lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, and Ibaka immediately made his presence felt. Ibaka has nailed his first four shots, and after the third, he channeled his inner Michael Jordan and showed a little tongue:

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So Ibaka is clearly feeling it, but we have some questions here. Just how did his tongue get so red? Did he eat a cherry popsicle before the game? Maybe he chugged a lot of red Gatorade? Or perhaps he went with the red Gatorade chews:

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Either way, it's great to have Ibaka back, and perhaps he'll help the Thunder get back into this series.

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Ibaka cleared to play in Game 3

Serge Ibaka will return to the Thunder's lineup earlier than expected.

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Spurs try for 3-0 series lead over Thunder

San Antonio has won the first two games in the Western Conference Finals by a combined 52 points.

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Ibaka could return after all

The Thunder announced that their starting power forward is making a strong recovery from a calf injury and could return to the court at some point before the Western Conference Finals ends.

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