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OKC Pushes San Antonio To Brink of Elimination

Russell Westbrook had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Spurs 95-91 on Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.


Kevin Durant added 23 points as the Thunder won for the second time in San Antonio in the series. Oklahoma City can close out the series Thursday in Game 6 at home.


San Antonio led 88-82 with 4 minutes remaining when Westbrook took over. He had seven points, two rebounds and an assist in the final 4 minutes.


There were a couple calls the Spurs felt did not go their way in the final minutes Tuesday, but it was Westbrook who left no question of the outcome.


He sealed the victory with a three-point play with 6.3 seconds remaining, scoring after Kawhi Leonard was not able to foul intentionally, enabling him to drive for a layup while being fouled by LaMarcus Aldridge. Leonard said he ''definitely fouled him'' on the initial attempt, but Westbrook continued turning the corner and attacking the rim.


The Thunder took a 92-90 lead with 54 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Durant after Green fell into his legs when he appeared to be tripped by Steven Adams on an attempted screen.


Oklahoma City outrebounded San Antonio 54-36.


Enes Kanter added eight points and 13 rebounds, and Steven Adams had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder.


Leonard had 26 points and Danny Green added 20 points, going 6 for 9 shooting on 3-pointers. LeMarcus Aldridge added 20 points but shot just 6 for 21.

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