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NBA Playoffs: Western Conference semi final round up

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Durant and Westbrook put Clippers to sword (©GettyImages)
Durant and Westbrook put Clippers to sword (©GettyImages).

Newly crowned MVP Kevin Durant was in action for the first time following his award in game 2 of the Western semi finals, we round up the action with the Clippers at OKC and Portland in San Antonio.

With Kevin Durant parading his MVP trophy before the game with The Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder knew their star would be on top of his game trying to level the series following an opening game loss.

His acceptance speech paid homage to teammate and friend Russell Westbrook, and in game two they took so much to the Clippers it couldn't be stopped. Westbrook hit a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebound and 10 assists, whilst Durant was one assist away from a triple-double himself with 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

With one more assist Durant and Westbrook would have been the first set of teammates to register triple-doubles in a playoff game and with this sort of power it might be hard for any team to stop OKC from reaching the play off finals.

A 112-101 victory was the end result for the home team and with a level series, it gives them a freedom to travel to Los Angeles with ahead of game three on Friday night.

The San Antonio Spurs excelled in front of the home crowd at The AT&T Center to extend their series lead to 2-0. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 and with Tony Parker, the hero in game one adding 16 with 10 assists, it was another good night for the Spurs.

Seven of the San Antonio players made it to double figures, and their spectacular second quarter made the difference. Leading by three at the start of the second, the Spurs went on the offensive and a 41-25 period saw them open up a lead of 19 which game them the cushion they needed.

The Trail Blazers needed more from their All-Star pair in LaMarcus Aldridge who scored 16 and Damin Lillard who made 19, though Aldridge did miss back-to-back dunks in the second as the Spurs took control.

Gregg Popovich's Spurs now travel to Portland on Saturday for Game 3, knowing that two wins on enemy territory will see them through to the Western Conference final.

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