National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkMay 19, 2014 

San Antonio, TX ( - The San Antonio Spurs used a balanced scoring attack and clamped down defensively late in the third quarter to claim a 122-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Monday at AT&T Center. Russell Westbrook knocked down a jumper with 5:09 left in the third to give the Thunder a 76-75 lead -- their first since leading 5-4 early in the first -- but after Kevin Durant drained a jumper of his own nearly 30 seconds later, San Antonio turned up the intensity on the defensive end. The Spurs held Oklahoma City to just one field goal over the next seven-plus minutes, turning a one-point deficit into a 13-point advantage early in the fourth quarter. Durant's 3-pointer just over three minutes into the fourth brought the visitors within 95-85, but the Thunder failed to get any closer the rest of the way as the Spurs ran away with the victory. Tim Duncan led the charge offensively with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Manu Ginobili and Danny Green combined for 34 points on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Tony Parker, who sustained a left hamstring strain in San Antonio's series- clinching Game 5 win over Portland, supplied 14 points and 12 assists for the Spurs, who outscored OKC 66-32 in the paint. Durant registered 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Westbrook finished with 25 points, seven assists and five boards for the Thunder, who won all four meetings with the Spurs during the regular season. Game 2 is slated for Wednesday night in San Antonio.

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