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Thursday, May 12, 2016

NBA : Spurs on the Brink in Oklahoma City

The San Antonio Spurs just can't seem to put away the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City fought back to win Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal Tuesday night, 95-91 as a 7-point road dog. Now the Thunder can eliminate San Antonio with a victory at home in Thursday's Game 6, tipping off at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN.

The Spurs found a way to lose Game 5 despite 20 Oklahoma City turnovers. The Thunder dominated the glass, out-rebounding San Antonio 54-36, and their bench was far superior in this matchup – Dion Waiters led all players at plus-18 on the night. Russell Westbrook nearly had another triple-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but he also had eight turnovers and shot 12-of-27 from the floor.

As dominant as the Spurs were during the regular season, they had their problems with OKC, splitting their four games straight up and dropping the cash every time. Now San Antonio is 2-3 SU and ATS in this series, with no room left for error. Tim Duncan (11.8 PER playoffs) is having by far the worst playoffs of his storied career, shooting 3-for-18 over the past four games. Will Thursday be Duncan's last dance?

NBA : Spurs on the Brink in Oklahoma City

NBA Odds: Thunder Can Eliminate Spurs in Game 6
The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the cusp of greatness. They carry a 3-2 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs into Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal; a win at home on Thursday (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) would seal the deal.

The Thunder haven't played particularly well this series, but they've taken advantage of some untimely lapses by San Antonio. Tim Duncan (11.8 PER in these playoffs) is a combined 3-for-18 from the floor over the past four contests. If the Spurs don't win Thursday, Duncan's magnificent career could end with a whimper.

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