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Thunder Stomp Spurs, Punch Ticket To NBA Finals

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 “They’re too young.” “They’re too youthful.” “They’re too inexperienced.” The Oklahoma City Thunder had their doubters, but they were too busy winning to worry. Maybe now OKC’s critics will say “they’re too good.” After defeating the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night by the score of 107-99, the Thunder are heading to the NBA Finals. After trailing 2-0 to San Antonio, OKC reeled off 4 straight wins on their way to a Western Conference championship.

Kevin Durant (pictured left) was ridiculous in Game 6, finishing with a game-high 34 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. He played all 48 minutes for the first time this season, and he enjoyed every second of it.

“I’m glad we got this for Oklahoma City,” said Durant after the game. “It’s a blessing to play with these group of players.”

Durant’s All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, while 6th Man of the Year James Harden had 16.

San Antonio didn’t go away lightly. They led 63-48 at the half after Tony Parker was unstoppable in the first two quarters. Parker made seven of his first nine shots, and either scored or assisted on the Spurs first 12 buckets. He had 21 points and 10 assists by halftime. However, he was slowed down in the second half, only scoring 8 points and dishing out 2 assists.

The Thunder made their adjustments, and came out of the locker room on fire, going on an 11-2 run to begin the 3rd quarter. In fact, after trailing by 15 to begin the second half, Durant hit a 3 at the 1:41 mark to give OKC the lead.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals will begin this Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The Thunder will play host to either the Celtics or the Heat. Boston currently leads Miami 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, with Game 6 in Beantown Thursday night.

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