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Thursday, May 5, 2016

NBA : Thunder Host Spurs in Game 3 of Western Semifinals

The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't dead yet. They evened their Western Conference semifinal with the San Antonio Spurs at 1-1 Monday night, giving Oklahoma City home-court advantage for the rest of the series – starting with Game 3 Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip-off is at 9:30 PM ET on ESPN.

After getting blown out in Game 1, the Thunder took advantage of some uncharacteristically poor shooting by San Antonio in Game 2. Then OKC withstood a late run by the Spurs to win 98-97 as 8.5-point road dogs on the closing line, up from +7.5 at the open. Despite the victory, Oklahoma City remains a +230 underdog to win this series and advance to the Western Final.
Both teams have their full rosters active for Game 3. Up to this point, the star of the show has been LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 79 points for San Antonio over the first two games, and even sank both his 3-point attempts – the only two he's made all year after shooting 0-for-16 during the regular season. Kevin Durant (44 points for Oklahoma City) and Russell Westbrook (43 points) have combined to shoot 2-of-13 from long range for the Thunder.

NBA : Thunder Host Spurs in Game 3 of Western Semifinals

NBA : Spurs Still Favored Over Thunder for Game 3
The Oklahoma City Thunder may have evened their Western Conference semifinal at 1-1, but the San Antonio Spurs are still –270 favorites to win this series with Game 3 coming up Friday night (9:30 PM ET, ESPN) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oklahoma City (+8.5 away) took advantage of some unusually poor shooting from San Antonio – and several not-so-unusual mistakes from the officiating crew – to edge the Spurs 98-97 Monday night. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 29 points and 10 assists; however, Westbrook shot just 11-of-25 from the floor and 1-of-6 from downtown.

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