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Thunder Vs. Spurs: Complete Western Conference Finals Coverage

The Spurs enter the Western Conference finals riding an 18-game winning streak, but they haven't faced a challenge like a best-of-seven series against the Thunder.

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The Thunder's Unexpected Star Helps OKC Advance To Finals

Derek Fisher joined the Thunder to provide leadership and experience, but few would have expected him to play the entire fourth quarter in a close-out game in the Conference Finals. Fisher returns to the NBA Finals for the eighth time in his 16-year career, with a chance to win his sixth NBA title.


The Thunder Are Beautiful And Terrifying And Only Getting Better

A week after being pronounced dead against the Spurs, Kevin Durant and the Thunder won Game 5 in San Antonio Monday. They're playing beautiful basketball again, looking scarier than ever.


How Thunder Have Turned The Tables On Spurs

Six days ago the Spurs had won 10 straight playoff games and led the Western Conference Finals 2-0, and everyone assumed they'd be heading to the NBA Finals shortly. Instead, the Thunder have won three straight to take control of the series.


Spurs Vs. Thunder, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5: Oklahoma City Takes Series Lead In San Antonio

The Oklahoma City Thunder had to leave the friendly confines of home for Monday night's game in the Western Conference Finals. Luckily for them, however, their momentum from Games 3 and 4 carried over as they were able to pick up a big win on the way to a 3-2 lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the potential seven-game series.

James Harden hit what might have been the biggest shot of the playoffs thus far, given the circumstances, in what ended up being a dagger three-pointer with less than a minute left in the game. The Spurs had a chance to tie it, but Manu Ginobili missed what would have been the tying shot with just a few seconds left on the clock to allow the Thunder to escape with a 108-103 victory.

It seemed as though San Antonio was on its way to a comeback victory after trailing by eight points at halftime, but Harden's dagger three-pointer close the door on any sort of Spurs momentum. The loss was a serious surprise to those that have followed San Antonio's season considering tit was the first time they've lost three consecutive games all season -- especially since it came at what was likely the most inopportune time.

Oklahoma City's stars all did about what is expected, as Kevin Durant scored 27 points -- despite being involved less than he should have been down the stretch -- while Russell Westbrook scored 23 points to go with 12 assists. Harden's night was strong, too, as he finished with 20 points while making 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc to go with a +24 in the +/- department.

San Antonio will need to regroup considering their move of inserting Ginobili into the starting lineup wasn't enough to cure what's currently ailing them. The former Sixth Man of the Year still finished with a game-high 34 points to complement Tim Duncan's 18-point, 12-rebound performance while Tony Parker scored a quiet 20 points, but more changes are going to need to occur for the Spurs to stave off a fourth-straight defeat.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Thunder Vs. Spurs Game 4: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Spurs and Thunder will meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.


Scott Brooks' 'Hack-A-Splitter' Strategy Against Spurs: A Poor Tactic On Every Level

Scott Brooks and the Thunder chose to intentionally foul Tiago Splitter on five straight possessions late in the third quarter. When they started, they trailed the Spurs by 16. When the quarter ended, they trailed by 16. Way to ruin the game for no reason.


In-Game Adversity Brings Out The Spurs' Absolute Best

The Spurs always look amazing, but they are their most impressive when they get into a hole and methodically, calmly take over, as they did in Game 1 against the Thunder.


7 Important Questions About The Spurs Vs. Thunder Series

As we prepare for a matchup between the two best teams left in the playoffs, we explore seven questions that will decide the outcome.


How The Spurs Can Vanquish The Thunder

The Spurs haven't lost in 46 days, but haven't faced a challenge like a best-of-seven series against the Thunder. How can San Antonio reign supreme?


How Do The Thunder Beat The Spurs?

It won't be easy to defeat the red-hot Spurs, but if Durant and Westbrook have a big series and the Thunder can play solid straight-up defense, Oklahoma City has a chance.


Thunder Vs. Spurs Schedule: Western Conference Finals Begin Sunday

The Spurs and Thunder will meet for Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals on Sunday.

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