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Oklahoma City Thunder take 3-2 lead with road win over the San Antonio Spurs

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The Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed a crucial game five win over the San Antonio Spurs and are just one victory away from booking their place in the Western Conference Finals. 

Having been 1-0 and 2-1 down, the Thunder find themselves 3-2 ahead and need to protect their homecourt at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to advance. 

Oklahoma City came out firing and was up 22-16 after the first quarter as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook dropped seven points apiece. 

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But Kawhi Leonard was not about to lie down and took advantage of 13 first half turnover from OKC to finish the opening 24 minutes with 17 points as the Spurs took a five-point lead into the interval.

More turnovers in the second half from the Thunder saw the home team stretch their lead and Danny Green made it a double-digit advantage with a three after the ball had bounced off Leonard's foot.

However, Westbrook and Durant showed why they are perennial All-Stars and two of the biggest names in the league right now. The point guard grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast, putting Patty Mills on his backside, and laying the ball in.

Durant found Randy Foye wide open in the corner with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter to cut the deficit down to three points - that was his only bucket from deep of the night.

San Antonio took a six-point advantage with eight minutes to go as Leonard made the most of another Westbrook turnover to find Green, who did the rest from behind the arc. 50 seconds later and the game was all tied up at 78 as Durant nailed a three for his 21st points of the outing. 

There was almost two minutes without a bucket as both teams missed a number of attempts. The Thunder had three consecutive tries thanks to offensive rebounds, but couldn't make them count. 

Tim Duncan put the Spurs back in front with two free throws then Green was at it again from downtown to take the advantage to five. A Durant turnover saw Leonard go coast-to-coast and jam the ball home with authority. 

An eight-point run, including four from big man, Enis Kanter, put the Thunder up by two with less than a minute to go. Durant turned it over again and with six seconds between the shot and game clocks, Tony Parker missed an open jump shot.

Westbrook rubberstamped the result with an and-one play in the final seconds off the inbound pass from Dion Waiters.

Russell was the chief instigator for the Thunder and finished one assist away from a triple-double as he recorded 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Durant had 23 points and six rebounds. 

Leonard had 26 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 and nine rebounds while Green also scored 20. 

Game six takes place in Oklahoma on Thursday.

San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
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Northwest Division
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