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June 1, 2014

Spurs beat Thunder in OT, advance to NBA Finals

San Antonio gets rematch with Miami Heat

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“We started settling for too many jump shots,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “It just seemed like we couldn’t get enough good looks at the basket. Defensively, they just had us scrambling around.” 
San Antonio also handled Serge Ibaka’s return from injury. Oklahoma City’s defensive star missed the first two games with a strained left calf, but he returned to help the Thunder win the next two games and tie the series.
The series featured five blowouts wins by the home teams, but the closeout game was a gem. Oklahoma City overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
“I have to be honest, this victory is really sweet because we know we played one hell of a team, and we take great satisfaction in that since they’re so special,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. 
In overtime, Duncan’s shot from the baseline rattled in to give the Spurs a 110-107 lead with 19 seconds to go.
Durant missed a good look at a 3-pointer, and the Spurs rebounded and went to the line. Diaw missed the first and made the second free throw to make it a four-point lead for the Spurs. Westbrook missed a wild 3-pointer, and Spurs wrapped it up.
San Antonio led by 12 early in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder chipped away at the free throw line after getting the Spurs into foul trouble. Back-to-back baskets by Westbrook and Durant cut San Antonio’s lead to 93-91 with 4:01 to play, leading to the frantic final minutes.
Westbrook was fouled on a drive with 9.3 seconds to play. He made both free throws to tie the score at 101. Ginobili’s fadeaway at the free-throw line against Westbrook missed, and the game went to overtime. 
Ginobili said the Thunder were a significant hurdle, and he expects them to be a roadblock in the future.

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