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Monday night game round-up: Oklahoma City fight back to level series with San Antonio

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THUNDER (3) 98, SPURS (2) 97

After a 32-point blowout loss in game one, the Oklahoma City Thunder came out fighting to level the series at 1-1 heading to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. 

San Antonio got off to an ice-cold start at the AT&T Center and Gregg Popovich pulled all of his starters except for LaMarcus Aldridge. The Thunder held an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter. 

The Spurs fought back and went ahead in the second but Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant continued to fight. After Dion Waiters gave up possession on an inbound pass, Patty Mills missed the chance to snatch a win for the home team.

OKC's superstar duo came up trumps after their opening encounter disappointment. Westbrook ended the night with 29 points - shooting 44 percent from the field - ten assists, seven rebounds and two steals while Durant shot 57.9 percent for his 28 points. Steven Adams had a huge night on the glass as he pulled down 17 boards.

Aldridge continued his form from game one as he finished with 41 points and seven rebounds. However, the rest of his team were lacklustre from the field. Kawhi Leonard shot 38.9 percent as he scored 14 points while Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were all below 35 percent as they failed to reach double figures.

Game three takes place in Oklahoma City on Saturday at 2:30 a.m. (UK time).

HAWKS (4) 93, CAVALIERS (1) 104

After sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a step towards repeating the scoreline with their opening game win.

Atlanta shot less than 30 percent during the first half as the Cavaliers took a ten-point lead into the break. However, the Hawks were not done as they fought back to take an 88-87 lead in the fourth.

There was a scary moment for Kevin Love as he suffered heavy contact to his right shoulder, but he was able to return to the floor. In the final minutes, LeBron James did what he does best to take the game away from the visitors and put the Cavs 1-0 up in the series.

The four-time MVP had 25 points on the night from 11-21 from the field, to go with his nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Kyrie Irving shot 8-18 for his 21 points while Kevin Love had 11 boards and 17 points. 

Dennis Schroder had five buckets from deep as he dropped a game-high 27 points off the bench for the Hawks. Paul Millsap had 13 rebounds as he scored 17 while Kent Bazemore scored 16 and pulled down 12 boards. 

Game two takes place at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday at 1a.m. (UK time).

Topics:
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Southwest Division
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