Tim Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Manu Ginobili scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 117-89 victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each had 14 points, Boris Diaw added 13 and Tony Parker scored 12 for the Spurs, who are a win away from returning to the NBA Finals after losing in seven games to Miami last year.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points, and Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists.
HEAT -- By now, Lance Stephenson's list of egregious acts from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals are well-known: He blew air into LeBron James' ear, interrupted a Miami huddle and got caught flopping for the second time.
And on Thursday, the Heat tried to get their focus back on themselves.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra almost never holds a practice the day after a road game, especially when the team plane lands around 3:30 a.m. as was the case in the wee hours of Thursday. But Spoelstra deviated from the norm on the day before Game 6 of this East title series, not for any one on-court issue but rather so the two-time defending NBA champions could relieve some frustration.
"Clear heads ... and to connect," Spoelstra said. "We didn't want to leave it all to tomorrow. There were some things we wanted to go over, and for time's sake, splitting it up was a little bit more efficient."
PACERS -- Stephenson and Roy Hibbert of Indiana were fined for flopping in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Stephenson was fined $10,000 for his second violation of the playoffs. Hibbert was fined $5,000.
CLIPPERS -- An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell Los Angeles franchise says attorneys and bankers are reviewing multiple bids and have not yet selected a winning bidder.
Shelly Sterling is negotiating the sale after her husband, Donald Sterling, made racist remarks that were made public. She was looking at three serious bids earlier Thursday ranging from $1 billion to $2 billion by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Guggenheim Partners and a group including former NBA All-Star Grant Hill.
WARRIORS -- In his first extended public comments since Mark Jackson was fired, point guard Stephen Curry said that he voiced his support for the coach but the team "made a decision otherwise."