Ibaka helps Westbrook and Durant lift Thunder over Spurs

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Oklahoma City, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Russell Westbrook had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder over the San Antonio Spurs, 106-97 Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks to help the Thunder cut their deficit to 2-1 in the Western Conference finals.

The Thunder dominated the boards 52-36 and limited the Spurs to 25 percent shooting in Serge Ibaka’s return from what was thought to be a season-ending left calf strain.

Ginobili had 20 points in hitting five of seven from 3 point range to limit the Thunder’s lead to 57-53 at halftime.

Then Durant scored four as the Thunder used an 8-0 run to take a 67-57 lead at 8:36 of the third.

That helped the Thunder bring a 83-76 lead to start the fourth quarter.

A Reggie Jackson layup followed by 3-pointers from Durant and Butler pushed the Thunder advantage to 90-76 with just more than 10 minutes to play.

The Thunder continued their attack, dropping a 15-6 bomb to bury the Spurs 104-84.

Manu Ginobili scored 23 while Tim Duncan added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs.

Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oklahoma City.

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