San Antonio Spurs have had a difficult week. Having gone to the Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 2-0 lead, then proceeding to lose two games on the bounce in Oklahoma a response in Game Five was crucial.
And they achieved that by beating Oklahoma City Thunder 117-89 at the AT&T Center Thursday night.
Gregg Popovich's team now sit in a commanding position, as one more win could clinch them an NBA finals spot against either Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers.
This was the third time San Antonio have scored over 110 points against Thunder in this series and after their victory head coach Popovich spoke to ESPN, and bluntly stated he is clutching at straws when it comes to the preparation for game six, as this is a strange time of the season.
"I have no clue, honestly." He said.
"I think every game, it's a different animal. It really is. We talk to our team about that all the time. You have no clue what's going to happen, how a team is going to come out, whether they're going to be lethargic or hold the ball, get 50/50 balls or don't get 50/50 balls."
Popovich's honesty was shown after the hosts got off to a poor start in the first quarter with Russell Westbrook making them pay, scoring a staggering dunk to send out the warning signs.
But as the game wore on the visitors lost their touch and the dominance of the hosts was too much to handle for Scott Brooks' team.
"We've got to stay aggressive and we've got to get stops. When we can't make a shot, we've got to play defense, and we didn't tonight."
The first quarter saw both sides raring to dig into this match-up and gain the one game advantage heading into game six, but the period ended 32-32.
Duncan scored seven while Danny Green putting six on the board, while for the Thunder Reggie Jackson scored 100% of his attempted shots recording 11 points, and Durant went on to score seven in 12 minutes of play.
The hosts then moved up a gear in the second period winning 33-23. Manu Ginobili scored nine points after converting all of his attempted shots with Duncan adding another seven and Tony Parker scoring six.
Durant and Westbrook tried to keep Thunder's dream alive with both stars scoring nine points, but heading in at half-time Spurs had a ten point lead at 65-55.
The third wasn't any different as again the Spurs opened up a ten point lead winning the quarter 29-19.
Duncan scored eight with Boris Diaw adding seven, as Popovich's men weren't scared of taking a shot - attempting 35 in 12 minutes of play.Popovich's lead had now increased to 20 points, meaning Popovich had the luxury of resting Duncan, Ginobili and Parker for the fourth with the score at 94-74.
Brooks had the same idea playing Durant for two minutes with Westbrook featuring for only 30 seconds.
It was the bench players' time to shine, and the Spurs' back ups completed their job winning the fourth 23-15. Danny Green managed eight points in four minutes of play with Cory Joseph adding four.
Thunder lacked their killer instinct, as they started off on the front foot but couldn't keep up the momentum and will now have to improve dramatically heading into game six in San Antonio on Saturday night.
For Popovich and his team however, fans will be chanting for the same again, please.
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